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Nintendo confirms it won’t participate in E3 2023

Nintendo says the show doesn’t fit into its plans

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Nintendo is confirming reports that it will not be attending E3 2023. Today, the company says the event doesn’t fit into its plans for the year.

“We approach our involvement in any event on a case-by-case basis and are always considering various ways to engage with our fans,” said Nintendo in a statement, via IGN. “Since this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into our plans, we have made the decision to not participate. However, we have been and continue to be a strong supporter of the ESA and E3.”

IGN previously reported that Nintendo, alongside Sony and Microsoft, would not be attending this year’s E3. Xbox will be hosting its own event in Los Angeles, but it won’t be on the E3 show floor in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The state of E3 2023

With its June date closing in, the question remains of which companies will be at E3 2023. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot had said the publisher would be at E3 if the show happened, with the company later clarifying that it does seem set to attend.

The overall wariness is notable, though. It might just be an issue of timing; Nintendo will have launched Tears of the Kingdom already by June, leaving just Pikmin 4 left on the docket. Sony hasn’t been part of E3 for years now. But that does raise the question: who will be at E3 2023?

Hopefully we find out soon, as June isn’t getting any farther away.


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