Nintendo Direct E3 2020 plans canceled, could come later in summer

Nintendo will be skipping a Direct for this year's would-be E3, but we could still see a news-packed event later this summer.


Looks like Nintendo is going to be skipping out on its E3 2020 Direct presentation.

VentureBeat reports that Nintendo has been telling developer partners that it will not be holding one of its hotly-anticipated Nintendo Directs in June, as it has every year prior since seven years ago in 2013. It appears that complications have arisen from working remotely, an important measure workers in Japan have taken to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

The issue? It could be as simple as Japan's somewhat archaic business structure. According to The Washington Post, several business strategies in the country have remained the same since the 1990s, with fax machines in heavy rotation and "little awareness of cloud computing or video conferencing tools." This extends into Japanese citizens' homes as well, according to the AP's Yuri Kageyama.

"Many Japanese lack the basic tools needed to work from home," said Kageyama, noting that many in the country aren't equipped with wireless internet either. This is all part of a larger slice into Japanese culture, and likely a good part of the delay for the potential presentation.

Nintendo had previously been working on a special video event for June and was looking to reveal its first-party game selection for the rest of 2020, including a celebration of the Mario series' 35th anniversary. A series of rumored remastered were potentially going to be revealed, though Nintendo has not confirmed anything about that yet. However, there still very well may be a Direct soon, just later this summer. The company has yet to respond to comments regarding the matter.

If anything changes, we'll be sure to let you know. Shacknews has a storied history of attending events in person with Nintendo and faithfully covering its Direct presentations. Hopefully we'll still see one this summer, but if not, Nintendo will likely get the new information to us in another format. 

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    April 30, 2020 8:45 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Nintendo Direct E3 2020 plans canceled, could come later in summer

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      April 30, 2020 8:49 AM


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      April 30, 2020 12:03 PM

      This is the wrong end of April to be making this post >:[

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        April 30, 2020 1:47 PM

        I just don't get it...

        In-person live press conference? Cancelled since 2013.
        Boots-on-ground, physical demo event? Sure. Too hard to coordinate in this environment. People have to get on airplanes and fly to convention centers. Kiosks gotta be set up. Those kiosks gotta be manned. Deals gotta be worked out with the event vendor and planners, etc. Too many people gotta shake hands.

        But like... a pre-recorded video feed? Like, you don't even need a living person in front of a camera like in previous directs.

        I just don't get it. If anything, Nintendo should be *better off* than their competitors that still do live conferences and demo shows.

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          April 30, 2020 1:49 PM

          It's not the show, it's the contents. The reporting pretty clearly suggests they're having issues adapting to the current work-from-home standard and it's impacting their schedule.

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            April 30, 2020 2:08 PM

            I guess.

            Honestly, I'd be content with some lead programmer guy broadcasting a screenshare of a debug build of whatever Nintendo's working on. Don't even have to dress it up.

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              April 30, 2020 2:10 PM

              As a general rule (with stuff like Metroid Prime 4 as notable exceptions) they don't make announcements until they have everything lined up and know when things will hit.

              This current situation may have that up in the air.

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      April 30, 2020 12:18 PM

      They probably need more time because most everyone is struggling to work at home.

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      April 30, 2020 1:48 PM

      this seems wrong, I feel like instead they should have the most direct nintendo direct they've had yet

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