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Old 25-04-2013, 10:12
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http://uk.gamespot.com/news/nintendo...3-2013-6407521

Focusing on smaller trade meetings and Nintendo Direct. A lot of the major media and trade outlets will not go to these meetings or follow ND.

This is giving a lot of publicity "oxygen" to Microsoft and Sony at a time where they should be delivering high profile news for the Wii U.

I cannot remember the last time one of the "big 3" console makers did not have an E3 press conference 8 months after they released a new console.
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Old 25-04-2013, 10:50
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where they should be delivering high profile news for the Wii U.
That's the problem, they don't have any high profile news for WiiU.

So far I've not seen anything to make me want to go out and buy one yet and it seems that will remain the same for quite a while yet.
The geek in me says yeah I like this controller idea and the possibilities of what you could do, but the logical me says its alot of money to spend out on a device to just watch Netflix on.
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Old 25-04-2013, 11:37
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I don't think it will really matter too much... provided they clearly date a Nintendo Direct for E3 well in advance.

It just means we'll get pre-recorded video with news ..as opposed to a live conference.

Nintendo are still at E3..they still have their big booth and will have lots of new playable games on the show floor. They already announced Smash Bros, a true 3D Mario and Mario Kart Wii u will be shown....and I'd imagine Bayonetta 2 ,X and Wind waker reborn will be playable as well (and other unannounced games).

..but I will miss the hype of the LIVE event.
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Old 25-04-2013, 11:50
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I don't think it will really matter too much... provided they clearly date a Nintendo Direct for E3 well in advance.

It just means we'll get pre-recorded video with news ..as opposed to a live conference.

Nintendo are still at E3..they still have their big booth and will have lots of new playable games on the show floor. They already announced Smash Bros, a true 3D Mario and Mario Kart Wii u will be shown....and I'd imagine Bayonetta 2 ,X and Wind waker reborn will be playable as well (and other unannounced games).

..but I will miss the hype of the LIVE event.
But hype is exactly what they need to combat the Wii U apathy. They should be screaming from the rooftops, not talking to journalists and American retailers behind closed doors.

At least a live conference would let them speak to the public who can then make up their own minds.

But by talking almost exclusively to journalists and retailers..... If they don't like what they hear then that's all the public will ever know, and Nintendo will be screwed.

This E3 tactic could massively backfire if they don't get it exactly right.
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Old 25-04-2013, 12:39
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As far as I can see all of the major media outlets currently report on nintendo directs and most go to the closed door meetings - like the recent link to the past 2 reveal.

They should get the same coverage of games and not have to compete with the other conferences showing new hardware.
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Old 25-04-2013, 16:22
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Its the Endo of Nintendo LOL

no seriously I do hope for Wii U owners that Nintendo show some great NEW! solid looking games at E3 this year but why not do the usual thing and big up your console we all know all the company's talk out of there arses at these things anyways why withdraw last time I checked games were the the most important reason I played consoles LOL if Nintendo have games to show they should be fully 100% there more so now than when the Wii U was announced

The internet and gaming world has there eyes firmly fixed on everything at E3 at that time if you show a game and it looks good it will get talked about no matter what else big is happening
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Old 25-04-2013, 18:27
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As far as I can see all of the major media outlets currently report on nintendo directs and most go to the closed door meetings - like the recent link to the past 2 reveal.

They should get the same coverage of games and not have to compete with the other conferences showing new hardware.
I think they may be referring to mainstream media as in non-gaming media.

They don't really report on Direct events.

But, if it is big, they will.

They could just put out some super lame press release and they'd report on it should the contents be worthy.
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Old 25-04-2013, 18:31
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I really don't know what to make of this. I would of thought at a time like this their priority would be to push the console and it's games as hard as they can, not retreat into their own little bubble to broadcast via Nintendo Direct. It leaves me with the feeling they don't have enough to show at E3 to make it worthwhile, I mean that's probably not the case but whatever's going on over at Nintendo HQ I don't understand. Fans look forward to E3, even if it is a bit corny and not as relevant as it should be. It's still a important time for console manufacturers to hype their wares and demonstrate their presence.
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Old 25-04-2013, 18:55
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Valve can take their place and show off the steambox. It would probably get far more fanfare than anything wiiu related.
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Old 25-04-2013, 19:34
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I really don't know what to make of this. I would of thought at a time like this their priority would be to push the console and it's games as hard as they can, not retreat into their own little bubble to broadcast via Nintendo Direct. It leaves me with the feeling they don't have enough to show at E3 to make it worthwhile, I mean that's probably not the case but whatever's going on over at Nintendo HQ I don't understand. Fans look forward to E3, even if it is a bit corny and not as relevant as it should be. It's still a important time for console manufacturers to hype their wares and demonstrate their presence.
All the press will be all over the launch line-up and new hardware from Sony and MS. In a way it makes sense for Nintendo to do a separate event at a different date to show off what they have coming.
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Old 25-04-2013, 20:08
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The different date will be the next couple of days - still a part of E3.

Nintendo have given a huge amount of exposure to their competitors.
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Old 25-04-2013, 20:15
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I've had a feeling this was coming for quite some time really. The writing was on the wall when they chose to unveil the 3DS XL not at E3 2012 - but in a Direct 2 weeks afterwards.

E3 has little relevance in an online world. It isn't just Nintendo. Look at their competitors. If E3 mattered, why did Sony reveal the PS4 at the Playstation Meeting? Why is Microsoft unveiling their Nextbox in May?

Really, it's their Blue Ocean strategy in action.
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Old 25-04-2013, 20:35
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I've had a feeling this was coming for quite some time really. The writing was on the wall when they chose to unveil the 3DS XL not at E3 2012 - but in a Direct 2 weeks afterwards.

E3 has little relevance in an online world. It isn't just Nintendo. Look at their competitors. If E3 mattered, why did Sony reveal the PS4 at the Playstation Meeting? Why is Microsoft unveiling their Nextbox in May?

Really, it's their Blue Ocean strategy in action.
Because you get your own air time and is the beginning of the strategy.

E3 will be a full-on blow out of games, games, games and convincing you said system has the best ones.

We've been in an 'online world' for well over a decade now. So I don't see how only now it loses relevance.

If it is by way of services available now that were not in years past - ie video etc. That to me is a benefit as it has enabled full live streaming from all events, gaming sites having live interviews with developers and live demos after conferences etc.
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Old 25-04-2013, 21:06
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I think they may be referring to mainstream media as in non-gaming media.

They don't really report on Direct events.

But, if it is big, they will.

They could just put out some super lame press release and they'd report on it should the contents be worthy.
ah, okay. No loss then as nintendo would have had little attention in the mainstream anyway - it will all be MS vs Sony.
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Old 25-04-2013, 21:43
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Smart move on Nintendo's part, as it puts even more focus on Nintendo Direct!!
Nintendo on average produce 4-5, Nintendo Direct Broadacasts per year, each lasting about 35-40mins long. This trumps anything that Sony/MSFT come up with by a long shot, and most of their yearly E3 press conference is utter crap that's not worth remembering!

I expect Sony/MSFT to follow suit wih something similar; although MSFT struggle to have 1 good conference per year as it is!
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Old 25-04-2013, 22:00
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Nintendo Direct I think is good.

As the name says, it is direct. The CEO coming out and telling you first hand what is to come. In six months time. And what is delayed. For six months.

But most of the people watching it are Nintendo fans, they need to be going after new people.

This point among others that Adam Sessler makes in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TW5OHuGoiQ
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Old 25-04-2013, 22:14
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Well, Nintendo are still part of E3 and will still have journalist covering its products, but E3 is not all that much nowadays, its impact severely hurt, as many fans on the internet just point pick and frankly look for the worse in the one chance that platform holders have they say about their brand.

But it is not press conference hype that actually sells the product (certainly not any actual annual one). If you look at E3 2011, where Nintendo showed its 3DS, it easily was the best conference of that year, but it actually did not sell the 3DS. It was business/technical work that Nintendo did after the 3DS launch that got it going.

Similarly, when Nintendo announced the wii U at E3 2012, it practically left a sour note for the product, one that Nintendo's still trying to recover from.

I think Nintendo (and probably MSFT and Sony as well) are slowly moving away from this once yearly format, where everything they show must have an impact.
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Old 25-04-2013, 23:45
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If E3 didn't matter then people wouldn't be so excited to see what games MS and Sony have on offer this year and likewise these companies wouldn't be using it as the main platform to show off all of their games.

There's only so much you can fit into a 2 hour presentation, to unveil a console and talk about it's hardware features, games, multimedia and everything else would be tough. You want to get an appetiser of info out the door and let people digest it before feeding them a main course, Nintendo themselves spent two E3's focused on the Wii U.

Maybe I'm wrong but I think this is a massive mistake from Nintendo and will only do them harm, I fail to see any benefit that can come from it. Especially at a time when the Wii U needs ALL of the exposure it can get right now (I looked at the upcoming games list for Wii U and it's appalling) and Nintendo are aware they need to reassure existing customers, so they turn down stage time at the biggest gaming event in the calendar when all eyes will be on them. Yeah, great plan!
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Old 25-04-2013, 23:45
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Interesting Nintendo are doing this. There might be something to it, as E3 conferences are expensive and often boring in many parts (there is always the sales bit and the social networking plans bit in E3 conferences)

I disagree that Nintendo Direct is the answer. Yes Nintendo Direct is good but there is a problem with it. The main viewers of Nintendo Direct are Nintendo fans and Nintendo console owners, it's very much a service that preaches to the converted, and Nintendo need to persuade the general consumer (the sort who would possibly tune into the E3 conference or at least be aware what it contained).

No matter how Nintendo decide to present they're going to have to do some big announcements to start shifting the Wii U anyway. I'm more concerned by what they announce (F Zero please) rather than how they announce it!
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Old 26-04-2013, 00:11
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Its clearly a hard decision they have made

Show your best games that (regardless of quality) that look far worse than the competition has on newer hardware

Show off your hardware after Sony and Microsoft and have shown off hardware (in move and kinect) that most likely outshines yours

As a WiiU owner this is disappointing news, E3 is the superbowl of gaming, the wrestlemania of gaming, the champions league final of gaming, not showing up is always going to be a hard decision to make

And regardless of how anyone glosses it over with talk of nintendo directs, that just doesn't cut it, if Nintendo had confidence in what they are selling/making over the next 12 months then they would show it when everyone is watching
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Old 26-04-2013, 08:53
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Quite a smart move by Nintendo as anything they show will be blown away by the Xbox/PS4 reveals
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Old 26-04-2013, 10:13
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Quite a smart move by Nintendo as anything they show will be blown away by the Xbox/PS4 reveals
Pretty much sums it up!!!!
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Old 26-04-2013, 12:06
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Quite a smart move by Nintendo as anything they show will be blown away by the Xbox/PS4 reveals
Yup they would be left behind at E3 and they know it. Hence why they won't even show up.
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Old 26-04-2013, 14:59
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And after the smoke n mirrors of Sony/MSFT at E3.
Two weeks later.. Nintendo comes up with a Nintendo Direct that blows us away!

Well, I can hope can't I!?

Point is that Nintendo feel it's better to have several annoucements a year on their terms when they are ready, instead of relying on just one event. If the products are good enough, trust me, non-Nintendo fans would be intertested in Nintendo Direct.
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Old 26-04-2013, 16:00
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And after the smoke n mirrors of Sony/MSFT at E3.
Two weeks later.. Nintendo comes up with a Nintendo Direct that blows us away!

Well, I can hope can't I!?

Point is that Nintendo feel it's better to have several annoucements a year on their terms when they are ready, instead of relying on just one event. If the products are good enough, trust me, non-Nintendo fans would be intertested in Nintendo Direct.
Neither Sony or MS rely on just one event either. They often have announcement to make during other shows throughout the year. E3 is just the big event which everyone in the gaming world is looking at. People who would normally only follow the system they prefer suddenly find themselves swept up with the E3 buzz and watch conferences / news from everyone.
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