decided not to participate this year. “We approach our participation in any event on a case-by-case basis and are always thinking of different ways to engage with our fans,” Nintendo told Engadget in a statement. “Since this year’s E3 show did not fit into our plans, we made the decision not to participate. However, we have been and continue to be a strong supporter of ESA [Entertainment Software Association] and E3.
Nintendo usually has a presence on the E3 showfloor and it often runs Treehouse broadcasts throughout the event in addition to a Direct. The company participated in the last proper edition of E3 in 2019, as well as the . There is no E3 in or .
Earlier this month, that Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony all bowed out at this year’s E3. Sony will not be present at the event, but neither it nor Microsoft has publicly confirmed plans for this year’s edition. Regardless, Microsoft will host it in Los Angeles this summer. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer recently said it will happen at the same time as E3, which runs between June 13th and 16th.
There will probably always be a Nintendo Direct in mid-June as well, although it won’t be officially connected to the expo. Meanwhile, PlayStation is planning a major showcase ahead of E3 later this week.
Losing just one of the big three console manufacturers from E3 is a blow for ESA, let alone all of them. The Summer Game Fest threatens to steal more thunder from the strong event as well. But hey, at least.
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