People are shocked that Nintendo is not going to have a press conference at the biggest video gaming show of the year, E3, in June.
“Wow. no nintendo press conference at this year’s e3. that’s … ceding a lot of oxygen to the competition,” Arthur Gies, a video game reviewer, tweeted yesterday.
It’s surprising because Nintendo’s sales figures for the Wii U were pretty disappointing.
“Now this is a bad earnings report,” influential tech blogger John Gruber recently wrote. “Really hope Nintendo figures a way to pull itself out of this spiral.”
The gaming company sold 3.45 million Wii U consoles by the end of March, missing its target of 4 million units. But it expects new games to increase the sales of the Wii U to 9 million this fiscal year.
Instead of having a large-scale presentation at E3, Nintendo plans to host smaller events mostly focused on software for the U.S. market, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in a financial briefing today.
“Many people are certainly very interested in learning more about the Wii U titles that we are going to announce,” Iwata said. “We will use E3 as an ideal opportunity to talk in detail mainly about the Wii U titles that we are going to launch this year, and we also plan to make it possible for visitors to try the games immediately. As a brand new challenge, we are working to establish a new presentation style for E3.”
Throughout E3, the company plans to use Nintendo Direct to communicate with its Japanese audience, and investors and analysts from other countries. Nintendo Direct is the company’s online video channel for exclusive Nintendo news.
But Nintendo is clearly struggling to save its business model of selling game consoles and software, as more people are flocking to their smartphones for a more casual gaming experience.