I think the title sums it up quite nicely. These games are radical departures from the normal Pokemon hand-held. Alot of fans of the series are starting to tire of the "gotta catch em all" type of game where you also have to get badges from gym. It's entirely possible that this game could really draw in alot of people who are interested in a possible "new" adventure in the Pokemon world.
Then again, these games could possibly be viewed as "filler" games that are a waste of time and not worth the money. This could lead fans away from pokemon and thus no longer buy the merchandise as a result of these failed games.
What do you think?