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Submitted by duckieoro 948d ago | opinion piece

Why would Nintendo opt out of E3 this year?

It’s obvious the average consumer doesn’t understand that the Wii U is more than just a fancy controller for the Wii. Yet this year, Nintendo has opted out of putting on a big E3 press conference. WHY? (E3, Nintendo, Wii U)

Abash  +   948d ago
I think it has to do with the big elephant in the room that would have to be addressed, the poor Wii U sales. In a televised event, I doubt Nintendo wanted to apologize and point out that the Wii U is doing a lot worse than they expected
cl1983  +   948d ago
I wonder if its not a bigger economic issue. I don't know how much a conference/theater room cost, but if there isn't the big wow potential it's just a waist of money and time.
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admiralvic  +   948d ago
a rep at a game company (won't name names) told me a small booth at E3 cost 100,000, so it would be FAR from cheap, but E3 would give you a lot of bang for your buck. Especially if they showed off new things like Bayonetta 2 gameplay (we still know nothing), Super Smash Bros U and Mario Kart U.
jimbobwahey  +   948d ago
I think it's because Nintendo simply doesn't have anything to show. Their big release for 2013 is a rerelease of a GameCube game, which says it all really, there's just no games to show off so why hold a conference? They can't dedicate an hour to showing one game and begging people yet again to please be more patient.

I just feel sorry for Wii U owners, spending all that cash for the console and Nintendo isn't supporting it. Even their more recent Nintendo Direct was showing off quick and easy updates of old SNES games for the 3DS.

Nintendo is swimming in money and could easily spend some of it to increase the size of their development studios and get games finished quicker and out more regularly, but they simply don't care about their customers enough to do so.

They're gonna keep drip-feeding their customers the same games they've been buying for decades now.

I'm glad to see that the utterly abysmal sales of the Wii U show that people are wising up to Nintendo's tactics though, and aren't falling for their tricks.
7uff1  +   948d ago
Yeah, maybe, just maybe they're preparing for a price cut, that's what made 3DS' sales increase drastically, but I think if there is price cut involved, it will be by the end of the year.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   948d ago
Like I said before E3 won't feel right with Nintendo missing.
duckieoro   948d ago | Spam
jcnba28  +   948d ago
You do know they will still be there right?
chadboban  +   948d ago
Why are people acting like they're not gonna be there?

They're still gonna be there and they will still be making announcements. As far as how they will be presenting their announcements, I'm not quite sure. But they will be there.

I will wait and see how this all plays out though. Regardless I'm still quite excited to see what all the companies show off.
LOL_WUT  +   948d ago
That would be a really dumb move by Nintendo to bow out of an entire conference just because they didn't feel the need to apologize. That didn't stop Sony from making their E3 conference when the PS3 got hacked, which btw was more difficult to deal with than a console who's been labeled a flop. ;)

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pat_11_5  +   948d ago
I think it could have been their chance to bounce back and say screw you. It's a shame they opted out.
esemce  +   948d ago
They can't just bounce back if they have nothing really good to show people, You think if they had many great exclusives coming out this year they would not want the whole world to see?

If MS and Sony cannot do a worldwide console release this Xmas than that would of been a perfect time for the WiiU to pickup more sales especially if they cut the price slightly.
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danny818  +   948d ago
They prolly have a handfull of games only grom western developers and they think its a waste of time. Nintendo is really dropping the ball if they think people other than their fans take time off their day to watch nintendo direct
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admiralvic  +   948d ago
If I were take a swing, I would assume the Nintendo Direct that happened recently would have been their E3 showing (though obviously more information would have been given if they did it there). Nintendo probably assumed they wouldn't get as much attention with the PS4 being announced and Xbox suspected (at the time) to be announced there. I mean a new Link to the past / Earthbound on the Wii U is awesome news, but it wouldn't compare to the interest of the new console announcements.
nitrofeen  +   948d ago
I think its a smart move . Why spend the money at a event where they will clearly be overshadowed by sony and microsoft's next gen events. Im not knocking the Wii U but its more like a upgraded current gen console not next gen. Its called saving face.
from the beach  +   948d ago
Because they can and because Nintendo does what Nintendo wants!
bitboi  +   948d ago
why does everyone think nintendo is not going to be at E3 this year? they are not doing a press conference...that's it. They'll still have a booth at E3 and will still be showing/ announcing new games.
pat_11_5  +   948d ago
The E3 Press conferences are traditionally the biggest part of E3 though.
CEOSteveBallmer  +   948d ago
I get the feeling they are not confident enough to compete with sony and microsoft with what their going to show. Just like people say, Its weird without nintendo getting a Big proper press conference. I get the play and experience rather than look and listen. But still, you can't expect all of the attendees to fall in line with nintendo's booths just to try their new games. Cancelling a press conference is a bad idea. There's still a lot of people especially the investors and other people who just wants to listen to their explanation on stage. Nintendo just wants to be always different. being always different is not good. The two competitor have powerful specs, lets go with much lower specs, the 2 competitors have 3rd party games, lets rely on our first party and a little 3rd party. Its rather dissapointing. I wanted to watch a press conference, not nintendo direct
Geovanny  +   948d ago
Nobody would care about them if they did go.Everyone wants to see the Ps4 and the next Xbox.
JaggedCarpet  +   948d ago
I think it's a good idea. With doing Nintendo Direct before E3, all the attention will be on them. At E3, all the attention will be on the PS4, and possibly the next Xbox. The Directs will stick better in people's minds with nothing to distract them.
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OwlEyes  +   948d ago
Nintendo have started a trend.
2K games won't be at E3 either.

Now, this puts the trolls in a problematic situation. Either they admit that E3 is not what it once was, or they have to go with the argument that 2K is scared of showing off games like GTA V. :P
punishing1  +   948d ago
I think with their Nintendo Direct videos, they're changing the E3 thing too - don't need it. Through their videos, I'm already up-to-date on what's going on with Nintendo. I think it's E3's days that are numbered...not Nintendo's.

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