Is it really fair to say that Bloodborne is nothing new when touting the wonders of Donkey Kong? I'd say rehashing the same formulas for 20 years is something Nintendo has been doing better than anyone else. It's that kind of mentality that has made them virtually irrelevant with gaming audiences today that don't just get Nintendo stuff to play the new Pokemon.
The effort that Nintendo has been putting forth as of late isn't for its games, but in moving more and more amiibos. I don't blame them, that's where the money and interest is as of late. The games that they do put out are very good (Splatoon? I think that's the only game of theirs I've even played this year), but it's incredibly frustrating to deal with a company that refuses to catch up to industry standards. By that I don't mean putting Call of Duty on their console, but in having some god damn common sense in releasing a console/online network. 32gb model max, terribly clunky online store/digital management, and expecting people to pour money into something they're going to move on from in under a year to announce something we already know they're making.
I don't want Nintendo to go out of business, but their hubris has been their undoing with the WiiU, and sincerely hope it was a wake up call for whatever the hell they're planning next.
There was nearly a fifteen year gap between Donkey Kong Country 3 and Returns. From Software released four "souls" games within a six year span. I'm not saying Bloodbourne is a bad game by any means. It's actually very good, but it does little to standout amongst its brethren. The point is that Nintendo has plenty of titles of equivalent quality that offer different themes and environments than that found in both the Xbox's and Playstation's general library. This applies both in terms of gameplay and aesthetics.
You say that Nintendo is most guilty of rehashing, but you couldn't possibly be wronger. Sure, they rely on some franchises to bring in revenue, but there's plenty of companies who do that just as much, if not far more than Nintendo (ie: Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty). Regardless, Nintendo is the primary innovator in gaming. Their consoles, with the exception of the GameCube, have all done new things to differentiate themselves from the competition. Many of which pioneered several industry standards today. Hell, Microsoft and Sony attempted to ape Nintendo's success with the Wii with their own garbage knockoffs. The Xbox One and PS4 are essentially just more powerful renditions of their predecessors, whereas the Wii U actually implements new tools for game development, which unfortunately were not capitalized on due to the poor performance of the console. In fact, by that ideal alone, Nintendo's milked franchises see more diversity in gameplay than their counterparts.
Anyway, I'm done belaboring this point. The Wii U is a great system with great games that injects this industry with some fucking desperately needed color in an industry that is, otherwise, flooded with tedium.