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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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Not sure how I feel about this.
I just hope their "smaller showings" are damn good.
nintendo knows it's not gonna be their show anyway. letting m$oft and sony have the spotlight they're gonna get anyway.
Yea I would rather just see the publishers present anyway. They can showcase all of their games and ideas. Its cool. Whenever the big 3 do their presentations they are just sometimes restating the games already mentioned in previous keynotes and just boring BS. This year is a little different because of the new consoles being announced. But on regular years all three of them should just duck out and allow the publishers to announce the exclusives.
NOOOOOOOOOO :'( but on the brightside, this could work to their advantage *fingers crossed!*
this is the best thing for nintendo
directs are so much better
Iwata is losing it.
It's a move.... For better of for worse.
realistically, none of the console makers will have a full scale conference. Sony had theirs and ms has theirs on the 21st. Nintendo will still be at e3. The media is spinning it to make Nintendo look a certain way, but companies have been cutting back on e3 for years. Do we even need it anymore? I'd rather have smaller events spread out like pax and tgs and other company specific events.
Instead of having a pissing contest maybe these companies will start focusing on their own strategies rather than trying to one up each other. Competition is great, but do we really need a Sony and Microsoft version of every possible game type. Halo vs kill zone, forza vs gran turismo, etc. The industry needs nintendo or the market will be saturated with the same 5 genres of games.
Presser at the largest show, where all gaming eyes are glued or web releases about upcoming games that only the most hardcore Nintendo fans even know how to access... seems like a simple decision as to which will garner the most attention.
What matters is who they're talking to in their presentation, rather than where it takes place. If they gear it towards investors, media, and the casual audience rather than fans, the streaming gimmick won't work. If they use Nintendo Direct to talk directly to the fans, it's a smart move.
Hopefully, whatever they use to fully showcase what they have ready will finally help me decide between whether to get a 3DS or a WiiU later this year. Though, I still hope that their E3 presentation, even if it is small, will still be just as filled with emotion toward the games it is presenting as I have only seen Nintendo be able to do.