Nintendo’s value of design in both hardware and software does indeed closely mirror the Apple ethos. Both Apple and Nintendo believe in creating great products – and then letting demand grow from that creation. I bet that Nintendo skips focus groups too.
Nintendo Japan has a market cap of around 1.3 trillion yen – or 13 billion US dollars. Apple has over 100 billion in cash overseas that it can’t bring into the US without paying a heavy tax penalty. For 13% of Apple’s international cash hoard, Apple could buy Nintendo and catapult into the living room console market.
If this means that I’ll finally be able to have Pokemon, Mario, Luigi, Zelda and Metroid on my iPhone and iPad, I’m all for it.