You can breathe. There is enough clout to legitimize these dates and content intentions.
I don't follow you how that is cruel.
Conversely, I advised that Nintendo would not release a full ND until after the launch of Animal Crossing. Now I suspect the "Nindies" Direct will mostly highlight indeveopment studio games but will close with a brief segment on Animal Crossing launching just a few days later.
Still won't hold my breath.