Remembering the guy who got fired with an NDA-violation for answering that question.
Here are the most common reasons people are mentioning might be behind the cancellation:
- Nitendo offered the miniNES as a limited edition collectible and was actually not making any serious money out of it.
Whut - they are offering something like a rasberry-pii, for twice the money, and they are not making profit? Nonsense, next reason:
- Nitendo is about to launch the VC on the Switch and don't want to cannibalize the market for NES titles themselves.
Well - should it matter HOW they get their money. It's not like anybody buys a Switch becasue then they will be able to play 30 year old games on it. Don't get me wrong, the VC is a nice feature - but hardly the reason to by new hardware.
- Nitendo is concerned that the miniNES have been hacked and people are putting more titles on it illegally.
Meh - the people who are adding to the limited software library are most likely those who already have a library of roms at hand. The miniNES had been a way of making some money out of so calles 'pirates' - because they would have bought the hardware as a nice unit to play their roms on.
There you go, the three most common explanations I heard people speculate about - and NONE of them makes ANY business sense. If you have a demand - you stand to make money - if you meet that demand. That's business economics 101!
The only reason that makes sense - is that Nintendo is being runned by mental retards.