Can you believe it? Nintendo’s saying that it won’t have a presence at E3 2013, ceding the show to Sony and Microsoft.
The company’s been a presence at the event for over two decades, and this will be the first time its forfeited.
Nintendo says it’ll be present at the show in some capacity, mainly to “host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market,” adding that “there will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western gaming media.”
As for Iwata, the Nintendo boss says, just like last year, that he won’t be keynoting at the event.
Also, I did not speak at last year’s presentation, and I am not planning to speak at these events at the E3 show this year either. Apart from these exclusive events for visitors, we are continuing to investigate ways to deliver information about our games directly to our home audience around the time of E3. We will share more information about them once they have officially been decided.
Seems to me as a bad idea. Wii U’s already failing, why skip E3? Why not do your best to show that the console has all its great years ahead of it? I don’t know, maybe they’re ashamed – as to should be, to release a next-gen console with current-gen specs. Sometimes I wonder who make decisions at Nintendo; boys and girls or men and women.