According to a Gametrailers post, Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has stated that the company will not hold a traditional, large-scale E3 press event as they have done in years past. Instead, the company will be holding a number of smaller events focused directly on the West. Here is a translation of Satoru’s comment from a recent investor conference:
“Unlike previous years, we will not have a large-scale presentation [at E3] directed to everyone in the world. Instead, we are planning several smaller events focusing on software for America. Among these hands-on events will be one for American distributors and another for western media.”
Depending on who you ask, this is a wise or unwise decision for the company, whose Wii U console has sold 33% fewer units than expected. With the recent PlayStation 4 event and even more recent announcement that Microsoft will reveal the next Xbox on May 21, it is clear that Nintendo does not want to go head to head with the two gaming goliaths.