Hmm... Awrite. Lessee if I stil gawt dat 2010 pluck! (. .)
Plus, y'know, the fact he's more relevant than Knuckles these days, at least as far as users of search engines are concerned. See: Google.
Numbers are a bit significant to write off.
Yeah, the series was doing perfectly fine until 06 came along.What has Silver done to make him an important character in SEGA's history? The answer: nothing. He was a cliche character that is hated by a great deal of people with one important role in a game that ruined Sonic's reputation and helped ruin SEGA as a whole's reputation as well.
And again, Silver's fanbase is pretty large. There's a reason threads about him explode with replies within minutes over at the Sonic forum, and he's in practically every other deviantART submission featuring Sonic characters.
polarising =/= having a small fanbase
I'll give you Blaze, but Rouge? How is she even remotely 'All-Star' material? Her debut game, SA2, focused almost entirely on Shadow - Rouge was just introduced to provide Knuckles with a (fanservicey) counterpart and help flesh out Eggman and Shadow. The only instance of her role being more than supporting in a main series game was Heroes, and even then, all anyone cared about was Shadow. Compare that to Silver - his debut game featured him as one of the primary protagonists, and the main 'new' character who was used in the same hyping manner as Shadow was prior to the game's release. Sure, he's kinda cliche in terms of story (I wouldn't say characterisation, though), but again, look at Shadow.Even the likes of Blaze and Rouge have better rights to be in this game than Silver. They actually have slightly important roles and in Blaze's case, have much better reception than Silver has. Like I said, its not that I dislike Silver- I actually think he has a lot of potential- it's just that, if he isn't even an important character in his own franchise, why should he be in a game featuring SEGA's All-Stars? He isn't fit for the role of joke character like Big was, and he doesn't have any importance like Tails and Knuckles does. If there is another appearance by a Sonic character in this game, I feel that it should go to Blaze or Rouge, because no other character has really done anything to have any relevance in the series at this point.
Now, let's count appearances:
Rouge had a playable role in Adventure 2. She was a majorish character in Battle (notably having her story before both Knuckles' and Amy's). She was played the role of Team Dark's leader in Heroes. She then had minor roles in ShTH, 06, Chronicles, Colours DS, Free Riders, and Generations - plus a playable role in Rivals 2. As far as noncanon multiplayer stuff goes, she's also had Riders, Zero Gravity, and...yeah. Notably, she was never playable in the Olympics series - instead appearing as a boss-type character, which is rather notable when one considers even Vector got a playable role, and Silver starting with the second instalment.
Now, Silver. He was one of the three characters to get a story in 06, and was the primary focus of it - the game sucking says nothing about his importance to the series. He got a playable role in both Rivals games, and got that stellar boss fight in Generations (and being deemed a 'rival' cements an importance to Sonic himself, which is something Rouge lacks). Plus, like Rouge, he briefly appeared in Colours DS. Outside the canon, he's had playable roles in Zero Gravity, Free Riders, Secret Rings, the second and third Olympic instalments, and he was one of the few characters to receive an Arthurian counterpart for Black Knight (albeit only available in multiplayer). He's also had cameos in Super Smash Bros. Brawl alongside Tails and Knuckles, SEGA Superstars Tennis with Big and Blaze, and Puyo Puyo 15th Anniversary in Sonic Style mode with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Blaze.
The edge Silver has becomes apparent when you consider he's had five years less than Rouge to churn out appearances.