It's Nintendo. Nothing they do makes sense.Why not just sell them direct to anyone who has had a nintendo account since 2015 first? Would this not cut out the scalpers and service the most die hard nintendo fans?
Though to be fair, Msft and Sony only NOW started doing direct to consumer sales for their next-gen boxes and even then, not in all regions or even for every person, gotta be in their "elite" programs or whatever. Hell, GPU's which cost substantially more aren't even doing it.