A Nintendo spokesperson has officially confirmed an earlier report suggesting the studio will not be attending E3 2023 alongside Microsoft and Sony.
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Nintendo has officially confirmed that it will not be attending E3 2023. The news comes three months before the massive game showcase event that used to be the annual focal point for the biggest news and revelations in the industry. E3 has had a rough couple of years and has fallen out of favor with some of the biggest names in gaming, including Nintendo.
In 2019, the organization that runs E3, the electronic software association or ESA, caused a stir when it accidentally made the personal information of more than 2,000 gaming journalists easily accessible on its website. yourself, which anyone can download. ESA’s inability to secure information about attendees coincided with major publishers such as Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft determining that they did not need the infrastructure at E3 provided by ESA to advertise the hardware team. and their upcoming software. These publishers’ plans to take the independent path were accelerated when the COVID-19 pandemic led to ESA’s cancellation of E3 2020 and 2022, with the 2021 show streaming only online. Nintendo hasn’t been at E3 since 2021.
IGN recently reported that Nintendo, along with Microsoft and Sony, will not be participating in E3 2023. Today’s news coming directly from Nintendo confirmed that and made it the first of the three publishers. Major release confirms IGN’s report. A Nintendo spokesperson contacted has said that this year’s E3 did not fit the company’s plans and has therefore pulled out of the event.
The report suggested that the lack of major releases to promote was the main reason why Nintendo was absent from E3 this year. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released before the June event, and reports of Metroid Prime 4’s troubled development mean that Nintendo’s heaviest players will be left off the table.
The ESA has tried to get E3 back on its feet, but has struggled to secure big-name publishers. In addition to Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony skipping the show this year, IGN reports that ESA has struggled to attract other major publishers. So far, Ubisoft is one of the few major publishers to have confirmed participation. Konami is also rumored to be launching a new Castlevania game and a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater at E3.