More like because everyone complains about "Sonic's shitty friends" all the time. The instant a new character is shown, even plot-only? Instantly shitty, game is garbage-tier. Having them thrust on you as forced playable characters admittedly didn't do wonders for the series's reputation, but it's kinda ridiculous. Less Retro complaining about that, though; more sites like NeoGAF. Also Female Caterkiller. Wat.