Let me explain...
Fans of Nintendo franchises Star Fox, F-Zero, and Metroid feel neglected when Nintendo themselves pretty much put these franchises on hold after horrible sales and, in some cases, fan backlash. While their "triforce" (Mario/Zelda/Pokemon) and fairly popular, but lower tier franchises (Kirby) still thrive on (Mario received a poor launch in Japan though). Heck, some franchises (Donkey Kong, courtesy of Retro Studios) eventually resurrect at one point (all DK had before Returns was crappy spinoffs like Konga and Barrel Blast). In Star Fox and F-Zero's case, it worsens the pain when Miyamoto talks about why Nintendo's been holding back on them, while Metroid, as of recently has only been teased by the higher-ups and nothing came out of it. And there's also cameos in other games (Nintendo Land, Tekken Tag 2, Mario Kart Wii, Animal Crossing, and Smash Bros).
Sonic fans felt the same when their favorite franchise was continually marred down with poorly received games post-Sonic Heroes and pre-Colors (although the recent Lost World wasn't so hot in reception), with Shadow, Sonic 06, Unleashed, and Sonic Genesis. As said in parenthesis above, this argument can be added to Donkey Kong pre-Returns (because even Nintendo had this issue at one point).
So, which is the better poison? Favorite franchise on hiatus or continually poor releases?
By the way, I would have made a poll on this, but since I didn't find out that I could only do it BEFORE I make the thread, I feel like an idiot.