What's your opinion on what man have decided to call "Sonic's shitty friends"? How should they be handled in future games, are you happy with the way they're treated now, etc? Friends were handled perfectly in Generations, I feel. I liked that they only really appeared in optional side missions and helped you out, with genuinely fun gameplay elements to enjoy such as Knuckles' treasure hunting in Sky Sanctuary and Vector tossing you in Crisis City. It's when SEGA force you to play as them and go through their boring stories that makes people hate them. In Sonic '06, when I choose Sonic's story, I don't want to be forced to play as Tails, Knuckles, and Silver with shitty controls. People hate the "shitty friends" because they're forced upon us, they don't mind when they're optional diversions. For example, people don't seem to mind the hundreds of unoriginal recolor characters the Mario series has to offer, despite how, well, unoriginal they may be. There's "dark" versions of characters (Wario, Waluigi), baby versions of characters (Baby Mario, Baby, Peach, etc), male/female versions of characters (Yoshi-Birdo, etc), and more. However, what Nintendo does it segregate these characters from the mainstream games. You don't find Waluigi shouting "WAHHH" in Super Mario Galaxy, nor are we forced to play a slow-paced beat 'em up as Baby Mario in New Super Mario Bros. Popular characters such as Wario and Donkey Kong are given spin-offs (The Wario Land, Wario Ware, and Donkey Kong Country series' are still alive and critically acclaimed today), and slightly less popular characters such as Daisy and Petey Piranha usually appear in spin-offs after their debut games. Many have said that SEGA are lacking in quality IPs, and they only really rely on the Sonic series to make the big bucks these days. So you know what, why not pull a Nintendo and make entire series' and spin-offs out of these characters? Many people feel that Shadow's character is too dark for the Sonic series, yet many seem to love the character. Why not make the "Shadow" and "Sonic" series' completely different from one another? Remove the character from Sonic, and give him his own series ala Wario, who only appears in spin-offs. Hell, Knuckles has really been absent from anything meaningful in Sonic lately, why not give him a series? Combine the beat 'em up gameplay from Unleashed's werehog sections with the treasure hunting from SA2/Generations and you have a game right there. This way, those who happen to love Cream the Rabbit and Charmy the Bee can enjoy them in spin-offs and party games, but those who want to play Sonic for what it truly is get what they want. I can honestly see a cute children's game coming out of a Cream the Rabbit franchise, but I digress. That's just how I feel, I'm happy with what they've been doing lately by making Sonic, Tails, and Eggman the main characters, and anyone else who they deem appropriate for the story, and not just for the sake of fan service, makes the cut too, such as Amy in Unleashed, and, well, every Shitty Friend™ who was in Generations.