In hindsight, I'm still happy it happened. Everything between Isabelle's reveal and that week was pure gloom and doom, but the fake leak injected a lot of excitement into the board for once. People discovered that they liked characters that they wouldn't normally support, like Mach Rider, a character only a few people (like me) wanted prior to that, and OC was rampant. And best of all, gaming journalists and Resetera mods went nuclear because people were putting the spotlight on something other than them for once.
People like to say that it's the main reason people are disappointed about the direct, but personally I was super cool with Ken and Incineroar and I wasn't really disappointed until the deconfirmations rolled in, and Trophies were cut, and it was immediately apparent that a ton of other modes were cut, and Spirits was underwhelming. People would've been disappointed by all that shit even if we weren't injected with excitement for a week. It was fun.