Nintendo has recently announced that they will not have an on stage conference during E3. Tatsumi Kimishima, president of Nintendo stated during a briefing to discuss the company’s financial results for its 2016-17 fiscal year, “We will not be hosting a large scale press conference for institutional investors, analysts and the media.” Kimishima added that Nintendo of America will give details “at a later date” on how Nintendo will handle E3.
This is now the norm for Nintendo as the last time that the company help a traditional E3 press briefing was 2012. And starting in 2013 is decided to post Nintendo Direct Styled prerecorded videos and run Nintendo Treehouse hosted livestreams instead of the typical theater event.
Nintendo is likely to focus on the Switch during E3 2017, as well as major upcoming titles such as Super Mario Odyssey, which is scheduled to arrive this holiday season. E3 takes place from June 13-15 and Arms is launching the day after the show, while Splatoon 2 is launching July 21. Nintendo will most likely also give updates on 3rd party titles such as Electronic Arts’ FIFA 18 and Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K18, both of which are coming to the Switch this fall.
“We have heard that various third-party publishers have much interest in unique features of Nintendo Switch,” said Kimishima during the briefing. Also Nintendo aims to keep the Nintendo 3ds platform thriving. They recently announced that they will be releasing a larger version of the 2DS, the 2DS XL in July for $149.99.
“We will strive to utilize the large installed base of the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in our business to maintain the momentum we have regained over the last year,” said Kimishima, noting that lifetime sales of systems in the 3DS family have topped 63 million units worldwide.