Thursday, 25 April 2013
Nintendo Axe E3 2013 Press Conference
Nintendo Games have today officially confirmed that they will not host a major press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 event. Instead, the publisher will offer two minor events debuting new games for release in the USA and Europe to investors and "western media", allowing players to get their hands on recently-announced Nintendo Direct software and other newly revealed titles.
It's certainly a bold decision on Nintendo's part, and one that we can't be quite sure yet whether it will turn out beneficially or detrimentally. On the one hand, these keynote conferences have usually been the centrepiece of publishers' annual news reveals, and certainly with the good-rather-than-great ZombiU, New Super Mario Bros U and LEGO City Undercover marking the Nintendo WiiU's only major exclusives so far, the console is in sore need of some new IPs and genuine next-generation features. On the other hand, often Nintendo's press conferences have been (just as Sony and Microsoft's have too) widely criticized for their lack of balancing of hardware and software, so perhaps it makes sense for Nintendo to give up and focus on letting the E3 player get ahold of their new projects right from the off.
There will still be major keynote conferences from Microsoft, Sony, EA and Ubisoft, though- of that you can rest well and truly assured. E3 2013 takes place from June 11th-13th, and we'll have all the details for you after the blog's Summer Hiatus.