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Nintendo responds to E3 cancellation news

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We all heard that this year’s E3 event in June has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kotaku has published a statement from Nintendo of America regarding the cancelation. You can read the company’s full statement to the publication, below.

“Nintendo supports the ESA’s decision to cancel this year’s E3 to help protect the health and safety of everyone in our industry—our fans, our employees, our exhibitors and our longtime E3 partners. We would like to express our concern and support for all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak during this challenging time.”

“We’ll continue to be flexible and redirect our efforts to other ways of keeping our fans up to date about our activities and products. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, large industry events may be untenable for the foreseeable future. But we are considering various ways to engage with our fans and will have more to share as the year continues.”

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11 comments

    1. I mean it’s digital anyways so it doesn’t really hurt them, aside from fans being able to get a taste of their demos and hype others up

  1. So much for a Super smash bros ultimate fighter reveal in June. Oh well, They’re probably gonna waste character slots on another Sonic rep and Master chief anyway. Now Nintendo is just a company I use to know.

    1. There’s nothing to suggest that it’s another Sonic character or Master Chief (just stupid obsessed with Halo/have zero-interest in the “one-rep-per-third-party-franchise” balance rule.

      Also, there’s no way Nintendo can get away with being radio silent and not give us any new releases come Holiday 2020. Not only that, if Nintendo pusses out in reveals, Fangames E3 (F3) will have to one-up them. This is also the same company that rushed SW/SH out just to meet those Holiday 2019 sales (since they didn’t have BotW/Odyssey/Smash Ultimate to close their third year).

      If they try to get away with nothing, they’re the ones who will be paying for it.

      1. I wish it was AC that got released instead of SwSh. Both were slated for 2019.

        SwSh needed much more time, and by time I mean years since this is their first new gen on a console and not a handheld.

        No player was in a hurry to get it. It’s totally understandable if it was given the BotW treatment so it feels like a renaissance for the series rather than a scaled up 3DS game.

        SwSh should have came out in 2021.

      2. Honestly, if they didn’t spend so much time on the Let’s GO games & the Ultra Sun/Moon remakes, they could have had more development time to spend on Sword & Shield.

      3. There were plenty of fans that were at a rush to get it actually. There were plenty of people who said I was selfish and that they didn’t want to wait that long when I suggested that they delay the games so that every Pokemon can be in the game, and as long if Pokemon games continue to sell the way they do then Gamefreak will continue with the 3 year gen cycle and not fully flesh out the games. At this point I’m not sure what state the games have to be in for the fanbase to stop defending Gamefreak.

      4. @shinygold2

        I share your frustration.

        I think it is okay to follow the pattern and the same release interval of games. However when TPC spread their effort and development time across so many projects like LG, Pkmn Masters, Mystery Dungeon among others, it becomes impossible to make a new mainline game, let alone on a console rather than a handheld.

    2. They’d probably have Doom Guy over Master Chief.

      And anyways, Eggman would make a good character. Just make him a heavier version of Bowser JR with different moves based on his boss battle vehicles.

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