In a surprising move, Nintendo has altered its plans for E3 this year… by canceling them altogether.
During the company’s investor meeting today, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata stated that rather than holding a press conference as usual during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the company is opting for alternate events. While Iwata’s full statement can be read here,
he stated that the company will host several small events around the time of E3 to both announce and show off new games to the western market. (Update: Nintendo has since clarified that while it will not host a major press conference as in previous years, it will still attend E3 to allow press members to experience its upcoming games, which will be announced outside of E3 itself.) Meanwhile, the company will showcase these games to its Japanese audience by way of Nintendo Directs, which have been successful for the company in the past.
How do you feel about this shift in Nintendo’s plans? With the Wii U currently facing tough times, and several big games such as the next Super Smash Bros. originally set to be unveiled at E3, do you think Nintendo’s idea is good or bad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.