In what can only be seen as a strange move, Nintendo will apparently not hold a major press conference at this years E3. This news is according to a financial results briefing held today in Japan (and translated by twitter user Cheesemeister). Instead Nintendo will hold numerous small events focusing on the software they will be releasing for their consoles. The text from the translation reads as follows:
“In the past we invited reporters, investors and analysts, industry partners, such as software publishers, and distributors who attended E3 to our large-scale presentations. We also used them as a communication tool in which we broadcast our presentations on the Internet to reach out to video game fans around the globe. I believe that many are expecting us to host a similar event this year.
On the other hand, since we set out on new endeavors such as Nintendo Direct two years ago in October, we have been paying special attention to the fact that different people demand different types of information from us. For example, as video game fans are looking for information about games, it seems that they are less interested in sales figures that investors and analysts on the other hand attach much greater importance to, and distribution partners are looking for information on how we are going to market our products in the immediate future. At previous financial briefing sessions we announced information about our products, showed videos and even uploaded the recording of these events onto our website, but given that we now have an established method such as Nintendo Direct, we feel that we will be able to deliver our messages more appropriately and effectively by doing so individually based on the various needs of different groups of people.
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. Many people are certainly very interested in learning more about the Wii U titles that we are going to announce. 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. As a brand new challenge, we are working to establish a new presentation style for E3.
First, 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. 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. 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.
During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo Direct, to deliver information to our Japanese audience, including those who are at this financial briefing, mainly focusing on the software that we are going to launch in Japan, and we will take the same approach outside Japan for the overseas fans as well.”
The “I” mentioned in the presentation is Satoru Iwata, who has been at all Nintendo Press conferences in recent memory. This is truly a bold move by Nintendo, possibly showing the decreased importance of events like E3.
This reporters take: This is quite troubling news in all honesty. I have always loved Nintendo’s press conferences at E3, and will be quite disappointed to not see there on the first day of E3. I’m still classifying this as a rumor until we have a 100% confirmation from Nintendo of America themselves, but it has me worried. This could also mean Nintendo doesn’t want to be stuck into a battle with the two new consoles that are being shown.
This move however, could be good for consumers. We could see Nintendo potentially doing revolutionary things for their fans. for example, we could see an entire Nintendo Direct focused on a new title like Super Smash Brothers or Pikman 3. This announcement is both unsettling and exciting at the same time.
By, Bobby Marquardt