Kombo: Not too long ago, I wrote an editorial on how all the Mario titles, at least visually, are starting to run together due to recycled assets. I remember a time when Nintendo spent the time to polish and shine every game in their library to perfection. We all do because frankly, it wasn't that long ago. Every single installment in every franchise had its own identity. Any particular game may have been a franchise title, but it could stand as a timeless set piece of its own.
Take Majora's Mask for example. That game reused half of Ocarina's assets, but EAD went the extra mile to make positively sure that the game had its own emotional attachment, so you would like Majora, but in a completely different way than you did Ocarina. Fortunately for us, the Zelda franchise seems to still carry that level of care and attention to detail, but many of Nintendo's non-flagship brands aren't so lucky to get that treatment anymore."