Nintendo have this morning announced that they won’t be holding an E3 press conference. “At E3 this year, we are not planning to launch new hardware, and our main activity at E3 will be to announce and have people experience our software,” says a statement.
“We will use E3 as an ideal opportunity to talk in detail mainly about the Wii U titles that we are going to launch this year, and we also plan to make it possible for visitors to try the games immediately,” it continues.
“As a brand new challenge, we are working to establish a new presentation style for E3.”
Nintendo’s last couple of E3 conferences have been a little iffy, whilst their pre-recorded Direct shows have been much punchier – it’s wise that they’re opting out this year.
“We decided not to host a large-scale presentation targeted at everyone in the international audience where we announce new information as we did in the past. Instead, at the E3 show this year, we are planning to host a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market.”
Nintendo will hold closed and specific events for distributors and the Western gaming media. And, of course, have all their latest games playable on the show floor.
“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,” says the company. “We will share more information about them once they have officially been decided.”
Sony is expected to talk more about the PS4’s hardware at their pre-E3 show, and Microsoft, who will have shown their new console in May, will focus on games.