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Nintendo announced today that they will be choosing a different method than in years past to showcase their products to the media at this June's Electronic Entertainment Expo. At past events, Nintendo has joined Sony and Microsoft in holding a separate keynote address.
In his presentation to investors today, global president (and new CEO of Nintendo of America) Satoru Iwata cited the Nintendo Direct presentations as a successful tool in distributing information to the public. While the company is still investigating how they will communicate with home audiences in North America and Europe during the show, Japanese audiences will be informed via additional Nintendo Direct streams.
In Los Angeles, there will be an event for distributors and a hands-on opportunity for media, but the traditional stage presentation has been deemed unnecessary. The focus of Nintendo's E3 showing will be Wii U software and not hardware. Furthermore, Iwata stated that he will not be speaking, and it was unclear whether he is planning to be in attendance.
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Hey, at least we've got good old Nintendo Directs. Seriously, they're like mini E3s!
Not sure what to make of this. Is it REALLY because of the success of N. Direct, or is it because they wont have much to show this year within a stage presentation format?
A very sad day...E3 will no longer be as magical as it used to be..
I'm not sure what I'm expecting.
Well, they pretty much revealed everything in the past two Nintendo Directs. That would have made for an amazing E3 presentation, but this way is cool too.
directs are better
because their wii-u is failing and the real next gen is about to rain hell on them soon...
let's see here, Sony and Microsoft are going to be showing hardware which we all ready know about at E3 and Ninty is showing off playable software. I know where my focus will be.
I really couldn't care less honestly. I'll buy from Nintendo I I like what they put out and I really don't care about anyone else's feelings. That being said I don't know why people are saying oh this isn't going to be a big thing and nintendo is messing up their marketing blah blah. Who goes to e3 besides media? Hardcore gamers. You mean to tell me that by doing Nintendo directs the media and the people who gain insight from e3 aren't going to hear anything about Nintendo? The exact moment the Nintendo directs drop GI ign and anything else that vet reports anything will provides links and details. I mean seriously, the people who want to know about Nintendo will know about nintendo.
tl;dr People will know about these announcements.
I can see why they opted out for E3 this year. They've already had 2 Nintendo Directs. And let's face it, this year all eyes will be on Sony and Microsoft. But even though they won't have a presentation they'll still be talking about Wii U software which is great news because I really need some games to play.
After the crappy wiiu reveal, this doesn't surprise me.
When the big dogs (Sony and Microsoft) are about to reveal a better product, why would you try to compete with a kitten. The Wii U just doesn't compete on the same level so really smart move.
This is what the company I worked for said a year before we went under.
For all youall that seem to think the Nintendo Direct conferences are good enough, have you ever heaed the term "Preaching to the choir"? Its an echo chamber for the hardestcore of Nintendofans, do you honestly think the masses of casual gamers they grabbed up with the Wii are keeping up with these thinggs? They have currently 2 options to survive, attract the casuals again which is unlikely since for many of them this was the first system they had bought ever or in years mainly because of novelty of motion gaming, nobody is impressed by a touch screen (while I think its keen, casual gamers don't think like that they all have touch screens in their pockets). 2nd is earn back the general hardcore gaming crowd and that means 3rd party, and that's not happening because to keep costs down on the WiiU they made the system a hair above current gen tech, its not next gen, and no developer is interested in upgrading their specs only to have to make an ugly port for a system with sub-standard hardware. Nintendo's software isn't gonna cut it alone except amongst the most die hard of us. And the reason this E3 thing is going the way it is I, is because they may have a few quality games waiting in the wings but they have no way of being honest about release dates cause to stay afloat they will have to trickle out their core titles over the next 2 years in order to pad each market quarter so their investers don't go bananas.
Of course they'd be showing software. What hardware could they possibly show.
This makes sense. Nintendo Direct is like mini bursts of e3 throughout the year.