Just a thought here. I've been very, very disappointed in franchise games on the DS. Consider. Every major franchise game, other than Nintendo's franchises, that came to the DS ended up sucking. I was incredibly excited about Burnout Legends. I told people how Burnout is coming to DS. Yay Burnout! Burnout Legends came out. It was a bad stripped down version making no use of the DS's functions and trying to imitate the PSP version, and played so horribly it was almost unplayable. King Kong DS was short and also virtually unplayable, with constant bugs causing you to walk through the floor and only a couple enemies found in the whole game and no way to die as Kong. Spider-Man? Spider-Man 2 on consoles was spectacular. So was Ultimate Spider-Man. The DS versions stunk. Star Wars? Everyone thought lightsaber dueling with a touch screen would be awesome. OMG! A Star Wars game has been announced! Then it turns out to be a GBA up-port. MegaMan Battle Network DS! Everyone familiar with the franchise (granted, most of you on MR are not) was terribly excited. Especially hoping it would have online play. Turns out it was a port of the last GBA game (MMBN 5) with a map added and the ability to tweak your stats on the touch screen. Need for Speed Underground 2? Poor imitation of the full game. Rayman, Madden, X-Men, Prince of Persia, Monkey Ball, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Marven Nemesis. All popular franchises that came out HORRIBLE on the DS. The best DS games ended up being in fact the completely original ones, and the Nintendo franchises. Imitations of console and PSP games like Madden and Burnout and NFS looked like crap and played clunky, not utilizing the DS's features well or at all. Up-ports from GBA like Star Wars Episode 3 or MegaMan Battle Network DS or Robots felt like a ripoff and played no differently than their predecessors other than some touch screen gimmicks. Even the games designed ground up for the system were too conventional, like Spider-Man. Instead, the games that are proving to be the best and most popular are the new franchises people have never heard of before, and Nintendo's franchises. The third party games we expect to be good based on the franchise name end up being terrible and purchased by no one. The ones that come out of the left field end up being the most popular. The new concepts, too, end up the most popular, while existing franchises falter if they retain their classic gameplay style. Things like Brain Age and Nintendogs, WarioWare and Trauma Center, Pheonix Wright and Advance Wars... Well, let's look at the Wii. Right now, companies are announcing franchise games left and right. I'm starting to worry that these franchise games might just be up-ports of current-gen titles that were never released on GameCube (or that were!), with a motion sensing gimmick or two thrown in. Games like Cars, Far Cry, Ant Bully, Rampage, Blitz: The League, Open Season, Prince of Persia...these might just be up-ports of current gen games that are upgraded (then again they may be all new, who knows). There's also the possibility of downgraded imitations of PS3 and XBox 360 games, and all new games that try to hard to follow their old formula and suck for it. On the other hand, I expect games we've never heard of to take the spotlight, and new franchises to be born. Despite the silly look to it, I applaud Konami for making a new franchise like Elebits just for the new control system. I'll be wary of ports on the Wii after the DS. Anyone else worried this might happen to the major franchises?