Nintendo has only just finished wrapping up their individual Nintendo Direct event, in which the company announced a new Zelda title for the 3DS handheld, as well as giving a welcome reminder of some of the new software titles that are on the way to their systems throughout 2013.
With that in mind, it now appears that Nintendo Direct has become a much more important event to them than E3, which takes place once a year in June. Nintendo has now announced that they will not be having their usual ‘big’ press conference this year along with Sony and Microsoft, but will be in attendance in a more low-key affair.
Company president Satoru Iwata confirmed the news in a statement this week, revealing that Nintendo will still be showing off software titles, but will do so in a series of ‘smaller events’ during E3, rather than one big fanfare as what they usually do each year.
Skeptics may treat this as another sign of Nintendo’s recent struggles with the Wii U, but others will argue that Nintendo Direct events have become much more beneficial to users anyway. We also think that this isn’t too much of a surprise, given that there will be no hardware shown at the event, although it would have been nice to have seen some brand new exclusive IPs shown on stage.
Does that mean that Nintendo actually doesn’t have any exclusive titles to show? Iwata has reiterated that new software titles will be shown and we’re praying that one of them includes the highly anticipated Zelda game for the Wii U. A Link to the Past (2) looks amazing on the 3DS from what we’ve seen, but the Wii U game is the title that everyone wants to see and could easily become the company’s primary system seller.
What happens if we see Zelda Wii U gameplay for the first time, but only in a low-key presentation that many people won’t get to see? We’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo are planning, but you have to give them credit for wanting to try something different.
Is E3 becoming less significant each year in your opinion, or do you think Nintendo knows deep down that all the focus will be on the PS4 and next Xbox console?