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Miyamoto will be at this year’s E3, but Iwata won’t

Posted on May 18, 2015 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Nintendo has confirmed to IGN that president and CEO Satoru Iwata will not be attending E3 2015 this year. However, Shigeru Miyaomto and other developers will be on hand at next month’s expo.

In a statement, Nintendo said:

Nintendo’s focus for E3 this year will be showcasing the many games we have coming for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Mr. Miyamoto and other members of our development team will be in Los Angeles to explain these games and the unique experiences that each offers. Mr. Iwata’s focus in this period will be on other areas of our business that require his presence in Japan.

Nintendo also said that Iwata will be in “constant contact” with the away team in Los Angeles. He’ll also be monitoring the reaction to Nintendo’s announcements.

You may recall that Iwata skipped last year’s E3 as well. That was in large part due to health issues he was experiencing at the time.


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  • Captain-Olimar

    Aww… ;(

  • Exposer

    He will lose the party again.

  • superphillip32

    I can see Mr. Iwata in a darkly lit control room in Japan with buttons reading “drop the bomb” plastered all over the control panel as he mischievously rubs his hands together, ready to start pressing as E3 begins.

    • Annie

  • Last year’s E3 was fine without him, I suppose. Miyamoto can handle himself pretty well.

    • TalesOfBS

      As long as they bring the games, it will be fine.

  • Chidori Trap

    No triforce in this E3 =(

  • nekoknight

    I just hope that his health isn’t declining…

  • James

    I’m not getting my hopes up, but every time Nintendo has a Direct or are at an event like E3 the fact that Miyamoto is working on a new IP sits in the back of my mind, taunting me…

    • Steve793

      Wait, he’s working on a new IP? Or is this the one from last year, that turned out to be Star Fox?

      • James

        A few years ago he said he thinks it’s time he creates a new character. It was pretty widely reported at the time.

        “I think that next year I can probably deliver something new. I’m still active on the development scene, so please look forward to [my output]. It’s been nearly 10 years since I made the Pikmin character, so I feel this is the year where I must at long last make a new character. This is as far as I’ll answer today.”


        It’s been almost five years since he said that, so if he is making a new character we could hear about him/her/it any day now.

      • Annie

        Apparently he’s working on Star Fox, Giant Robot, Project Guard and some other unknown projects.

        • James

          Yup, and unless he was talking about a new character in an existing franchise we still haven’t seen the new character he was talking about.

          Last year I thought it was the inklings when Splatoon first popped up. The inklings didn’t come from him, though, neither did Splatoon. So he/she/it is still out there somewhere…

        • Steve793


  • Vigilante_blade

    I’ll be honest, I’m not exactly hyped for Project Giant Robot or Project Guard. These are gimmicky Gamepad-centric games that I wouldn’t really be interested in. I hope that whatever he’s working on is something great. Miyamoto hasn’t really been up to the standards of his legacy. I’d love to see him back in his prime.

    • Operative

      Those are hardly even more than tech demos. The fact that they’re trying to list them as upcoming games worries me

  • Airsh Bornely

    “Please understand.”

    Sorry, I had too…

  • TalesOfBS

    They better bring a Wii U Pokemon game. And i am NOT talking about Pokken.

  • Shorter Nintendo Direct appearences, not present at E3 anymore: Iwata has definitely not recovered from his last-year health problems.