Arun Subramanian writes:
"It seems easy to fault franchises with fundamentally similar entries for being repetitive. Innovation is certainly important, and as many series have demonstrated (the Tony Hawk series is a notable example), modest annual updates can certainly begin to wear thin their welcome. On the other hand, Nintendo, for example, has clearly demonstrated an ability to develop extraordinarily similar yet extremely enjoyable games time and time again with their keystone franchises. Although they have taken some criticism for this similarity, and even as innovative strides have recently been made with titles like Super Mario Galaxy, it bears some thought as to just what it is about their particular approach that allows them to be successful in this way."