Why do Leif and Kicks only ever randomly visit? Why not fold them into Animal Crossing Bells Nook's Cranny and the Able Sisters respectively? Why does the Museum only have description plaques for artwork today? No Gyroids to accumulate? It is only a great deal of little things that actually accumulate into big things.
And it is especially true for a string that's iterative for the most part. Good features from past games are nearly always brought to after games. The main exceptions are gimmicks based on the console or small features that are awesome but finally not match changing. NH ditched a great deal of series staples which really hurts if you've been a long time lover. I believe a lot of the NH fans haven't played the previous games so they do not have these features to overlook. That good for them but it feels hollow to me.
Yeah, this is sort of how I have been looking at it lately. Like, yes it introduced some really great new ideas from the way of outdoor decorating (which very much resembles the natural next step for the series) as well as the landscaping tools. The crafting system is a pretty nifty way to provide players kind of mini-goals. Not ideal but it is a fantastic idea.
However, the heap of missing features and content is actually frustrating. I know nobody wants to compare this into Pokemon (because Sword/Shield have a lot of other issues past missing Pokemon and tends to cut features more often) but Animal Crossing is a string which has had almost all of it is items/collectibles and attributes carried forward in some capacity. Even small things like getting a reward for saving X quantity of money from Animal Crossing Items For Sale the bank are straight up dropped.