Why Mario needs to take a short retirement

I know Mario is extremely popular all over the world and Nintendo puts Mario on the box to sell games, but seriously with Super Mario 3D Land/World, New Super Mario Bros 2/U, Mario Kart 7/8 and Mario Tennis/Golf on this generation already, we have got to be reaching saturation point for the portly chap.

I don’t mind Mario being in Smash Bros. Because the game isn’t centered around him. Maybe Nintendo could broaden some of these ideas like Smash Kart instead of Mario Kart which is a more interesting idea than recycling the same characters again.

Another issue with so many games featuring the Italian plumber is the development teams time and resources being used to create these games when they could be working on another series. I would love Camelot to make another Golden Sun or have EAD make another Pikmin.

So do you think the Mario character is becoming worn out or would you like to see more of our Italian friend?