The only reason that makes sense - is that Nintendo is being runned by mental retards.
Ugggggh. People have been saying this for the last twenty years. Maybe "Nitendo" is just doing this because it puts them back in the headlines and ensures people will continue making message board posts about them.
Isn't there at least some vague possibility that maybe, just maybe, someone at Nintendo has access to information that you don't know about?
I was inclined to believe that maybe this was an expedient way for them to get rid of leftover Wii U components that they couldn't do anything with, but that is just speculation. A better explanation is that they just needed to have something out over the holiday season for marketing reasons and that yes, they would prefer that you buy the Switch now, because why wouldn't they? I think it matters very much "how they get their money", since once you have the Switch, you're likely to keep buying games for it, one way or another; that is definitely not the case for the mini NES.