Wouldn't something like this make the Animal Crossing Bells opposite, with all the game slowing down a lot rather?
In New Leaf I needed to conserve money by grinding for bells to acquire a fountain, that's the sole works job I can have at a time. In NH for myself a fountain that I have the materials and crafted it in one day. I really don't think the previous games had as many goals as you claim in comparison to NH. The games have always been about collecting and decorating above all else.
Not only has NL more goals to work towards, it even offers better unlock progression than NH does. I also never stated the games were not about self reflection and decorating, you simply had much more stuff to do on the side in NL while you decorated whereas you simply decorate for the fun of it in NH. In NL you're pretty much always unlocking something, be it a brand new store upgrade, amassing signs for your club, getting cash to expand the museum or build up the Café and eventually collecting clothes to maneuver the trend evaluation to unlock the multi level store, which is pretty much the end goal. Even having a perfect city has a wonderful payoff by being able to personalize the town hall and allow it to match your own cities theme. Nothing of the sort is available at New Horizons.
Sounds like NH only makes you unlock things more. NL wasn't some super goal oriented sport like you claim. The Majority of the things you mentioned is related to aesthetics anyhow
If Nintendo had communicated the game would dramatically lack content which even the gamecube AC'd I don't believe the"backlash" would've been as large as it is.
The sport objectively has a ridiculous amount of content compared to the GC AC. I swear folks in this thread are off their rocker.
If someone is tired of NH in buy Animal Crossing New Horizons Items the 50 hour mark, I don't really believe they were putting 500