If there's a significant drop in sales for Sword & Shield later this year then I don't think it would be a stretch to think it had something to do with the removal of Pokémon and other core mechanics like Mega Evolution and Z-Moves even though they were too OP for VGC. The fact that Game Freak's A-Team has been working on "Town" for the Nintendo Switch instead of Pokémon Sword & Shield is also deeply concerning. What happens If "Town" under performs or bombs and the same thing happens to Sword & Shield? If time really is the main issue behind why they're unable to add all 800+ Pokémon in Sword & Shield then patching the games would be the easiest solution. This could have severe ramifications on the overall Pokémon franchise. The Anime series has been a dumpster fire since the end of the X/Y and Z series with horrible animation quality that makes Dragon Ball Super look archaic and cheap in comparison. There were even rumors that Pokémon merchandise hasn't been selling as well as it did before, what happens If this controversy continues without Nintendo / Game Freak announcing any satisfying solutions? Could that affect the Anime / Manga and merchandise in the future? If so how much will they be affected? The more future main series titles we get, the more likely someone's favorite Pokémon will sit out on multiple games and years in a row unless there's still a way to battle and trade on Pokémon HOME.