Wishful thinking. 3DS MHs were already a decline from PSP.
What was there to it?
You posted some fake numbers and blatantly incorrect statements: timed exclusives factually have a big effect. Just look at FF7R. Timed exclusives usually mean the majority of the sales and audience of a series happens on one platform.
Do this at the beginning of a generation and you've effectively tied down an entire genre if you get the right games. SFV ensured the PS4 was the console for fight game fans. FF will ensure that PS gets the large slice of the JRPG pie. COD marketing (not even timed) ensures PS gets the majority of the FPS console fans.
It all adds up. If you can't see what Sony is doing, your going to be left behind.
Idk switch has opened up a lot of new consumers to many ips, I don’t think it would be out of the realm of possibility. We will probably never know though