Nintendo won't have an E3 press conference this year

Nintendo will not have a "large-scale presentation targeted at everyone" for E3 this year, the company has announced. With both Microsoft and Sony likely prepping bombastic presentations focusing on their next-gen efforts, the Wii U and 3DS manufacturer is opting to host "smaller events" that are more "focused" during the annual trade show.

"During the E3 period, we will utilize our direct communication tools, such as Nintendo Direct, to deliver information," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said, adding that Western gaming media (like us) will have access to a "closed hands-on experience event."

"At E3 this year, we are not planning to launch new hardware, and our main activity at E3 will be to announce and have people experience our software," Iwata told investors. "Many people are certainly very interested in learning more about the Wii U titles that we are going to announce. We will use E3 as an ideal opportunity to talk in detail mainly about the Wii U titles that we are going to launch this year, and we also plan to make it possible for visitors to try the games immediately."

This strategy was recently employed during the last Nintendo Direct. Just hours after announcing a new Legend of Zelda game for 3DS, for example, we were able to get our hands on the game.

Although Nintendo's E3 plans may be pared down from previous years, the publisher promises lots of news during the event. "We have many titles whose release dates are yet to be announced. At E3, we will disclose more specific information about the titles for the rest of this year and early next year."

Update: Speaking to GameTrailers, a Nintendo of America representative clarified, noting that: "A media event and a partner presentation will both occur that morning. While the audiences will be different between the two events, both will occur on the Tuesday morning of E3 (June 11) which is the date and time period the public has come to expect for Nintendo to deliver E3 news."