Oh No, Nintendo Is Skipping E3 This Year
What did I tell you? Didn’t I warn you about buying a Wii U? It’s no secret that Nintendo’s recent console launch has been far from successful, with a really small number of new third party titles making it to the console. Not only that, but even Nintendo seems to be slacking with exclusives, with only a handful of them really justifying a purchase.
But just when it looked like Nintendo was set to please their fans, especially after the reveal of a ton of 3DS titles, the company goes and announces that they will not be hosting a large E3 press conference this year. Every year E3 is headlined by conferences by the three main console companies, namely Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. Seems like we’re only having two this year.
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Company president Satoru Iwata made the announcement yesterday, explaining that Nintendo would now host smaller, more focused events throughout the year. Nintendo won’t skip E3 altogether this year, instead hosting a smaller closed-door conference for western-distributors and media. Iwata explained that the company was looking into new ways to announce information about new games.
“During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo Direct, to deliver information to our Japanese audience … and we will take the same approach outside Japan for the overseas fans as well.”
It’s not a great sign for the company as a whole, but it could be a good move as now the spotlight won’t be shining on them for a good hour and a half while they show off another shitty Wii fitness or music title. You laugh, we had to sit through that crap last year.