The key here is that Nintendo have pushed the boundries in every capacity. Games ofcourse, especially more recently and this is despite usual big business approaches of safe driving and sequelisation. Copy the other guys is something i know that company will never do.
System wise, its a joke that Xbox only now sees the value in trying something new, ofcourse its not new because Nintendo already did it.
No 'real' company wants to risk failure because of a new idea, and considering Nintendo's staple in Mario, Zelda, etc sequels they too understand how not to change some things, but they alone really try to innovate more often and with greater risks than any other company.
Imagine if Microsoft didn't innovate much between window xp and vista, well some would say they haven't really, but you get my point. No risk no reward clearly.
I just hope Nintendo still take risks even when theyre company surpasses Toyota as the most valuable japanese corporation. What am i saying? It's Nintendo, these dudes will innovate in ways we, and other mainstream multi purpose technology and software manufacturers, will never imagine.
I fucking loathe corporate conglomerates and hope that for as long as im alive Nintendo stays independant, solitary, less focussed on the importance of commercial interests and sales figures, and consistently surprises all of us.
It's funny how with Microsoft i expect a Wiimote that is exactly the same, or 90% similar, as Nintendo's at E3. Who actually believes they will be genuinly surprised by something different from that or any of these companies.
Remember people are scared of things that are different, but how boring the world would be if they wern't.