All these examples have nothing to do with the matter at hand. Nintendo "lies" when they want to deny something Nikkei is reporting on, whether that reporting is true or not. This time Nikkei and Nintendo are pretty much on the same line on the matter. There's no lying, because there's nothing to deny.Nintendo has a history of straight up lying or misleading people when they have a new product on the way and they don't want people to discuss it, get excited for it or wait for it. Here is a good article covering some of this misdirection from Nintendo:
Everyone says the Nikkei has a good track record, but do they really?www.vooks.net
Most people online seem quite certain that the Nikkei article from the other day confirms no new Switch hardware is coming anytime soon but honestly I don't think it's changed the narrative for me much after really thinking about it. I still wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo unveils new hardware in say February and targets an early Spring release along with Zelda. I was disappointed for a few hours after that article until I reactivated my brain cells and really thought about Nintendo's history of misleading people when it comes to new hardware plans.
I don't think hardware is coming this year but I do still think it's launching with the next Zelda release. It just makes way too much sense for the new hardware to launch with Zelda. Not just because that is what they did in 2017 but because BOTW was likely a much bigger success then they were ever expecting and they will want to double down on this strategy a second time around. I know I would. It worked and worked well.