Nintendo Will Not Be Attending This Year’s E3

E3 has been having a difficult time since the pandemic started. 2020 saw the event canceled. 2021 gave us a ho-hum virtual event. In 2022 both live and virtual events were binned. Now, as things slowly get back to normal, one of the headliners is pulling out. Nintendo has announced that it will not be attending 2023’s E3.

Engadget got the exclusive word from the iconic company, more or less saying it had better things to do: “Since this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into our plans, we have decided not to participate. However, we have been and continue to be a strong supporter of the ESA and E3.” This marks the third big name to ditch the once-legendary Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Without Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo showing up, what’s left? Gamers can access these companies anytime via social media accounts or live broadcasts. So, E3 may have become irrelevant. We’ll have to wait and see how this vacuum gets filled when E3 takes place from June 13th through the 16th.

There’s no doubt that developers and publishers will still show off their upcoming slates of games, but this leaves a void regarding first-party titles. You can only get so excited when Ubi-Soft reveals another not-so-stealthy Assassin’s Creed game or when it is revealed the game you’re looking forward to is considered a live service title with a battle pass and always-online single-player.

Speaking of Nintendo, the final trailer for The Super Mario Bros. movie will premiere on March 9th on Nintendo Direct.

What are your favorite memories from E3’s past? Was it Sony’s laughable $599 PS3 price tag announcement? Maybe the Giant Enemy Crab debacle? Or was it when Microsoft flubbed the entire XBOX One reveal? Should E3 bring back booth babes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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