It’s getting to that time of year where developers tease what they’re showing at E3, and Nintendo’s latest reveal is a little disappointing
For the past few years Nintendo has has very little presence at E3 other than prerecorded Direct broadcasts. Though Nintendo hasn’t yet confirmed how they’ll be attending the event, the company has revealed that there’ll be no mobile announcements at the event nor will there be any information on Codename NX. The news comes after Nintendo President Satoru Iwata answered a few investor questions during the company’s earnings call.
Iwater reaffirmed that there will be no NX announcements at E3 this year reminding investors that the reason for announcing the existence of a new gaming device so soon was due to the company not wanting to alienate their fans with the Nintendo / DeNA partnership. The company want fans to know that they’re still dedicated to gaming devices.
“Presently, we cannot talk about the time period when it [the NX] will go on sale or what it’s like. Because we are calling it a ‘new concept,’ we are not thinking of this as a ‘simple replacement’ for the 3DS or the Wii U.”
With that in mind, Iwata also discussed what they’ll be offering at E3 saying:
“Incidentally, we’re getting various questions for this year’s E3, like ‘Won’t there be a NX announcement?’, ‘Will there be a presentation on smart devices?’, or ‘Will there be more on the quality of life platform?’ However, since we understand that E3 is an event for dedicated video game machines, we do not intend to discuss the smart devices as well as quality of life.”
So it looks like at E3 this year Nintendo is going to stick with announcing things for the Wii U and 3DS. Though it’s not looking like the company will be announcing any plans around The Legend of Zelda game as Nintendo recently changed the release date to ‘TBD’