Nintendo Will Not Be Participating in E3 This Year

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It was almost a month ago that a report surfaced claiming that Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo wouldn’t be making an appearance at E3 2023. Since then, it has been confirmed that Xbox will instead be hosting its own LA-based event, and now, Nintendo has emerged to officially state that it will not be participating in E3 2023.

There are concerns ramping up that E3 is past the point of no return, and its previous status as arguably the biggest gaming convention in the world is wavering. There are still plenty of exhibitors attending the convention, such as Konami, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros., but the absence of these three titans of the industry will surely be noticed.

Where’s The Commitment?

Nintendo’s confirmation was handed to IGN, with the publication going on to state that ‘few publishers (are) willing to fully commit to attending’.

Based on the rumours that IGN also published last month regarding Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo not attending E3, we drew up a report surmising why Nintendo would skip E3 altogether.

However, the ultimate explanation that was offered up by the Japanese gaming giant was much simpler:

We approach our involvement in any event on a case-by-case basis and are always considering various ways to engage with our fans. Since this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into our plans, we have made the decision to not participate. However, we have been and continue to be a strong supporter of the ESA and E3.

It was originally thought that Nintendo would back out of E3 simply because it didn’t have enough major releases to promote at the convention. It’s now assumed that if anything does need to be revealed by Nintendo in the coming months, such as a new Nintendo Switch console, it’ll be done at a Nintendo Direct event.

E3 2023 is set to run from June 13th to June 16th, and you can expect full coverage from us regarding any announcements that take place during the show.

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