GameLuster Thoughts – Is Nintendo not attending E3 a smart decisicion or just plain terrible.

If you hadn’t heard about Nintendo not attending E3, read it here.

So Nintendo will be attending E3, it just wont be doing it in the similar fashion it has done in the past. So no huge conference before the opening of E3 doors. They will be showcasing games, all the ones that have been announced so far in the Nintendo Directs, and who knows maybe we will get a few surprise along the way.

So is it smart for Nintendo not to attend E3 as it has been expected from them. Microsoft and Sony we will be having their regular conferences and showing off their new consoles. The PS4 and whatever Microsoft decides to call it once sometime in late May. So it does give the impression that Nintendo is scared to go head to head with the other 2 companies. Nintendo actually has been getting a lot of negative feedback on them not attending E3.

I personally do agree that is bad for them not to have their usual E3 conference. Even if it seems unnecessary, appearances are very crucial and this certainly makes Nintendo look bad. Last Year when Mr. Iwata, the President of Nintendo and CEO NOA as well , did not show up at E3, just gave me the impression he was to scared to show himself after Nintendo started to struggle financially. They will be having some behind the doors meetings for retailers and media but it won’t be as big and not everyone will be able to see them.

Yet I completely understand why Nintendo won’t be having an all out E3 conference. If you been following their latest Nintendo Directs, which you should by the way, you would know that they have been phenomenal and unveiling lots of new information of unannounced games as well some known titles.  They have been so great that I personally have enjoyed them more than past 4 E3’s  Nintendo has had.  So if fans have been enjoying the directs more than E3 why bother have it anyways.

So maybe Nintendo knows better by not having an E3. After All a few other companies are completely absent, such as RockStar, and Nintendo will be having its booth. Maybe Nintendo knew that it will be getting alot of press, mostly bad, but maybe any press can become good press if it is alot of it.



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Carlos Zamudio
11 years ago

I think that Nintendo is going to be facing some very tough times in the near future, it seems like the wiiu is just not up to par with the next gen consoles from both sony and microsoft (specs wise). I know that Nintendo has a lot more to offer to gamers than just graphics. They have very enjoyable first party software, and some very unique albeit gimmicky controls. This time however the wiiu seems to be barely better than the ps3 or 360. While they have very unique first party software, they have been surviving on a bubble of the same tittles releasing the same software time and time again.

Now with them deciding to be absent at e3, it gives the impression that they are either unsure of their ability to convince and excite new players with a conference, and give E3 to their competitors, or to depend souly on demos and news within their community to do that for them, either way it present problems.

I am no fiscal analyst or wall street prodigy, in fact i am probably the opposite, but if even i can sense that this seems to be a weird risky move on the part of Nintendo i imagine what the investors might think.

If they are depending only on demos, and games to do the talking for them, it is very respectable, however most of the people who are not interested in Nintendo will not be exposed to their content and perhaps miss out on great games that Nintendo is offering, and Nintendo will be missing out on more revenue from those new gamers.

While I am sure that NIntendo will always be a household name, specially to gamers just starting out, the ever closer next generation war of the consoles are going to be difficult trials for Nintendo. I hope I am proven wrong and Nintendo flourishes the way it has before, but if E3 is any sign, that seems to be inconclusive at best.

Moises Eli Garza
11 years ago
Reply to  Carlos Zamudio

Yup your right this is a very risky move on Nintendo’s Part which could severely hurt them. I think it is a little of being afraid and also think that their games will be able to do all the talking. I guess we will see soon how this will play out