In my opinion, older titles have the edge in this debate. With everything already out there , everybody knows which classics to play, making it easier to only pick great games. I even get to re-experience old games of my past, leading to a welcomed bomb of nostalgia whenever I decide to play. However, something is missing. The feeling of the unknown is unsurprisingly absent. New IP's wouldn't have a chance, as I ignore them for the already represented titles.
This leads to a feeling of staleness you simply don't expect. When you're playing new titles for the first time there's a certain feeling you receive like journeying into an uncharted territory for the first time. No longer are all story aspects spoiled and spelled out, resulting in a more exhilarating experience. In my opinion, this feeling is simply unmatched when compared to playing games of the past years.
This is why despite older titles like Mario or Zelda offering a guaranteed positive experience, I have to go with only new titles with my limited time. New experiences with unexpected outcomes heavily out weigh the feeling of a familiar classic. Sure you're not guaranteed the games experience will be positive, but missing out on something new is not an equal trade.
What do you think? Is your time best spent playing older or new games? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!