I think you also have to take into the account the nature of the extra content in any game. It's true most extra content is optional, it's also true it's probably a small little bonus thing that developers may have wanted people to appreciate, although there could still be people that dislike this feature, most don't defame the game for it as a whole. Now, what I mean by the nature of the extra content is that what kind of context it has beside the rest of the game. Is it some silly off-camera, non-canon type of thing where we see the characters act in ways they usually wouldn't? Is it some sort of minigame fest? Is it an extra side story from a new point of view that still goes with the main game? Smash Tour is essentially the regular game but with extremely random battles and a game board plastered over it. Sure not many people like it, but it goes with the rest of the game in most ways. You're still smashing, you're still fighting on the same stages, you're using all of the roster, you're playing with items, equipment, and special rules (it just happens to be all randomized). It's still pretty much in line with the rest of the game, it just takes the RNG to the ultimate level.
Fire Emblem Fates isn't so clear-cut. It's presented as a unit coming into your private quarters as you requested of them, and then suddenly they are totally submissive to the prospect of you molesting their face. No matter if they're super kawaii desu girls or "manly" (as manly as any of the men in Fates can get anyway, but I digress) men. They get temporary boosted stats from this rubdown, which you may find helpful, but most would run scared from this kind of feature. The characters somewhat keep their personalities aside from well, what's happening to their faces. These sections are also voiced if I remember right, and if you stumbled upon this feature it's a seamless transition from the normal game to this, and it's almost nothing like the rest of the game in tone. (or I hope it isn't)
Both of these things are clearly optional extras in a game, and it's true you don't have to play either of them, but it's not a black and white kind of thing. Many people will take heed of any extra content because games are kind of an expensive hobby, most want more bang for their buck. But when things like Fates has extra content like that, as blown out of proportions it is, it does influence people's perception of the game. the rest of this game better be good oh my good god
I'll believe it when I see it, Tabata. Honestly the entire Gamescom showing has just kind of burned me out big time on this game. It's gonna take some amazing new information and details to pop up for me to change my mind again.
You can look in the very trailer to see it. "Long ago, we looked upon a foreboding sky..."
Not even just that, the narrator is describing events of the past. And the scenes there have clear skies and a more modern look to Midgar, just before going to the past where the events of the game happen.