But Link's Awakening is a remake. Unless it's FFVII remake, I find it hard that a remake would get delayed that far back.
You may have a case for Luigi's Mansion 3, but its planned to be demoed at E3..and I don't think games that are being demoed at E3 are delayed that often.
AC can still sell 10 million w/o a holiday release. It's not a first week sales juggernaut. It's a slow burner compared to Mario, Pokemon, and Smash Bros.
That's exactly what I mean. Link's Awakening is a remake. It would make much better sense to me that if you have a crowded schedule, you would push back a smaller game that needs room to breath to anchor your Winter schedule instead of having it swallowed by Pokemon. Animal Crossing wouldn't have that problem.
And yes, of course Animal Crossing would still sell 10 million. I called it an evergreen title myself. However, evergreen titles get huge boosts during the Holiday. Nintendo would just be bypassing a ton of money as people buy a Switch and a handful of games by holding it back.