Update: To clarify – Nintendo isn’t ditching E3 as a whole. It sounds like there won’t be a traditional conference, but they’ll still have a presence at the trade show. The media and analysts will be given a chance to try out upcoming games, for example.
A good portion of Nintendo’s Wii U titles confirmed for E3 are already known to the public. Mario’s 3D debut, Mario Kart, and Smash Bros. are among the games to be featured in some fashion.
Satoru Iwata commented briefly on Nintendo’s E3 plans during an investors meeting earlier today. Along with statements suggesting that a traditional press conference won’t be held, Iwata told attendees that the expo will be used as an opportunity to reveal details about Wii U games coming this year. Additionally, he cryptically said that Nintendo “will attempt to use this year’s E3 to make announcements in a new way that we have not tried before.”
“At this years E3 we will not be announcing a new hardware system, so E3′s primary mission will be to have [press, analysts] experience our software. Many people would like to know more about the titles for Wii U that will be announced. We will use the timing of E3 to focus on providing details about our Wii U titles for release this year, and intend to create opportunities for guests to the conference to experience them immediately. We will attempt to use this year’s E3 to make announcements in a new way that we have not tried before.”