Hmm. Some fine thoughts there, but all that practically goes directly against everything Nintendo has been doing and saying so far... Still, you never know with them.
Nintendo is a company which tends to reinvent itself
Are they? Most of my memories of the NES involve Mario, Zelda, and that sports game with the powerpad.
They were originally a playing card manufacturer. They've had an interesting history over the years of trying different things. The Wii itself is almost a throw back to the 80s as much as Lady Gaga is leading an 80s revival. I did say reinvent itself, but not in terms of throwing away successful I.P. Who would throw away a more well known character than Mickey Mouse?
They pretty much still are, the cards just have Pokemon on them.
Anyhow it's not such a great leap, Matel made a similar jump with the Intellivision. Many of the original video game developers were tabletop game companies. If you look at an old computer gaming world magazine from the 80s, Wargames were the dominant genre akin to the FPS today. Plus MS started out making traffic light software and Sony started out making radios.
I think you might have a point if every other new Disney blockbuster was a Mickey movie. That's not to say everything is exactly the same, Mario is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more anoiying now that he can talk.