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Nintendo will not have a presence at PAX East this year

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PAX East is a consumer industry event held in Boston every year. This year it’s taking place from April 11 to April 13 and Nintendo have confirmed that they will not be attending this year. That’s not so surprising, given that Nintendo usually likes to focus on E3 in June and PAX Prime, which takes place later in the year in Seattle. Nintendo of America sent the following statement to NWR concerning their absence:

Interacting directly with our fans and letting them play our games firsthand is a key component of our approach. That doesn’t include PAX East this year, but we will offer our fans a variety of opportunities to get their hands on Nintendo products in 2014. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information about where we’ll be and what you can play.

Given the timing of PAX East and the current catalogue available, it’s not surprising to see why they’re skipping. Mario Kart 8 is the biggest title on the horizon with a confirmed date and it wouldn’t seem like much of an effort if Nintendo showed up with one game to demo and the same press demoes for Bayonetta 2. Hopefully we’ll have more news from Nintendo soon concerning their releases this year.

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  • Anthony Ank Mudshark Owdienko

    horray

  • http://youtube.com/user/groobie Martin Hansen

    I think they should attend as many shows as they possibly can. The Wii U needs it.

    • insomniac

      but with nothing new to show what would be the point? there would just be site after site reporting about how pointless their presence was

      • thedeciderU

        but how can there be nothing?

    • FutureFox

      No point and also most non-gamers and casuals won’t watch the event.

      • thedeciderU

        that’s the problem, they need to give up on that crowd. they don’t give a shit about the wiiu. nintendo has kind of turned their back on the rest of us. that kid from 1989 that grew up on nes and snes. as good as their ips are, they need to appeal to the 20 and 30 somethings that want both the classics but also more adult-oriented themes and aesthetics. since there is basically no 3rd party, there is a huge problem.

  • Magnus Eriksson

    This must be interpreted as a white flag from Nintendo. Nothing short of a capitulation. Who would have thought that it would go this far? The fall from the greatness of the Wii era to this surely came as a shock on all of us. I would have thought that they would survive through the whole generation, but appearzntly not. Well, we can hope that indie devs will support it a while longer. But for Nintendo this is probably the last nail in the coffin. It makes me sad…

    • jrob23

      Sony isn’t going either. Time to fly the white flag for them too. What a shame. They were really on a roll with all those great games they had for the PS4…oh wait

      • insomniac

        lol i love it

    • Commander Pikachu

      i wouldnt say they will die i mean they are still building buildings and sony is laying off more workers at various game studios

    • JB

      Unless they are saving the good stuff for E3… If they have not much shown then, I’ll be really worried at least for anything concerning the 2014 catalog…

    • Trevor

      lol Nintendo not going to PAX is the last nail in the coffin.
      That’s a good one, all I see from you is doom and gloom but this takes the cake.
      I wonder if you will be singing the same tune when Smash Bros comes out and the Wii U’s are selling like hotcakes?

    • bistricky

      Magnus is a great comedian …. and this is one of his best posts …. for him to see how many will pull out their hair after reading it. Darn you Magnus, don’t you know that for some, their hair is quite thin already XD

      • jrob23

        and his gf Danny boy upvoting per usual lol

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Don’t be so mad jrob. Gotta smile more. I’ll just leave this here for ya so you can understand your situation better. Have a nice day my friend. ;P

          http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/6b/45/f4/6b45f47f56991334890122dd0ea69066.jpg

          • jrob23

            yes, what I want from you is to stop coming on this site as an obvious hating troll. There are actual Wii U fans here that like to share information with one another..good or bad. You aren’t, so why come here? So that is what I want, but I know I won’t get it, so I will continue to point out how pathetic you and your alter egos Magnus/Mathew Garcia/guest as you upvote each other’s posts (if you are in fact separate people) and fail at trolling.

      • Daniel Gonzalez
    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Now, now Magnus. Let’s not upset the kids. ;P

  • Philippe Paquette

    Why no first party demos in nintendo eShop

  • ActivesiN

    I hope they are just saving up all the information for E3

  • HydePark1980

    I love how this article is spreading across the web and yet there’s hardly any mention of Sony not attending either.

    • ActivesiN

      that would be considered fair, cant have that

      • HydePark1980

        And yet they keep saying that “we’re only reporting the news, we don’t play favorites”.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          That’s the media for ya carebear. How do you think they get those hits and increase traffic? It’s been working for years. Why would they stop something that’s effective?

          • HydePark1980

            I know what they’re doing, I’m just stating one of their many excuses.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        Nope, not at all. That would be silly. :P

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It’s done purposely that way to see how angry they can get the Nintendo fanbase. ;P

    • companyoflosers

      same reasons sony always let microsoft make all their announcments first, so they can see just how mad it makes people so they can flip flop at the last second to look like the good guy. in reality sony is that guy who just makes things up as he goes along just so he can one up everyone cuz he thinks it makes him cool.

      • Arthur Jarret

        And it works. A winning strategy. Your point is?

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          I would guess that if Nintendo doesn’t do it, it must be a horrible act. You’re right, indeed a winning strategy, and I’m sure Sony isn’t regretting it.

        • companyoflosers

          never said it doesnt work, just that it is annoying for those who realize its happening and dont gain anything from it.

  • bizzy gie

    As long as Nintendo doesn’t p*ssy out of E3 again, I don’t care.

    • JB

      I think they’ll have a bigger presence this year… I think Nintendo did what they did last year was to let Sony and Microsoft have the spotlight being that they had new consoles on the horizon, and let’s face it, Nintendo didn’t have much to show…

      • bizzy gie

        Let’s hope so.

    • insomniac

      i like the directs. last year it was like having their own show and i though it was effective. their games were still there, its just that they were not, which in turn allowed them to have a bigger floor plan to fit more games in

      • thedeciderU

        it’s okay in between big conferences, but they really need a physical presence and to interact with their fanbase face to face. there’s something about the warm live reaction of fans that can’t compare to a pre-planned, edited, multi-take recording. nintendo needs to be there in person and do a traditional appearance. the blank white background in nintendo directs is starting to bother me, since they haven’t been announcing or hyping anything too exciting for wiiu in a long time. blank white, as in, we have nothing new. just many holes in our library.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Yeah really would like it if there was a press conference this year. We need a live reaction!

    • thedeciderU

      as someone who bought wiiu day one, they had better show some amazing games coming up sooner than later or they are going to be a true laughing stock. no game drought, reggie? bullshit.

      get some fresh blood in there. this waiting for any true new announcements is ridiculous. zero marketing. still. what the hell are they waiting for? and what the hell is there to do with this gamepad besides browse internet?

      • bizzy gie

        True. 99% of my Wii U experience is browsing the Internet.

  • C4

    First time I heard of “PAX”.

    It’s unfortunate because upcoming – and already playable last year – games like MK8, Bayonetta, X would leave an impression. Not to mention the 3DS. Sometimes presence alone can be important…

  • Commander Pikachu

    Ok heres my E3 Nintendo Dream Confrence
    1: New Awesom,e Zelda shown(which will happen)
    2: Super Mario Galaxy 3 announced for spring 2015
    3:Smash Bros for Holidays
    4:Bayonetta August
    5:X for September
    6: Hyrule Warriers for september also
    7: Animal Crossing and mario rpg 2 announced
    8: pokemon wii u rpg announced
    9: end it with Metroid prime 4 and star fox u

    • jjbredesen

      That would be fantastic!

      Not sure about Mario Galaxy, i think they should give Mario a rest untill 2016, would also like to add a new f-zero and Kid Icarus game for Wii U would be fantastic!!

      • JB

        Yea, I agree with giving Mario a rest. Especially when they have dormant IPs they could give attention to. We’ve had three Mario games this generation already, and it’s only been a little over a year. (If you count Luigi U and don’t count Mario Kart) If anything, they’ll give Zelda the spotlight first (between Zelda U and Hyrule Warriors) and any announcement for a new Mario wouldn’t come any sooner than 2015 (I’d even say 2016 depending on when they finally release Zelda U)

        And quite personally, I’m Mario Galaxied out. I want them to do something fresh, or at least revisit a style similar to Mario 64.

        • jjbredesen

          Agreed and that is the reason i want Mario Sunshine 2 (or HD)

          • JB

            I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave us the Wind Waker HD treatment to Sunshine. I’d buy that in a heartbeat!

          • Commander Pikachu

            you know what im gonna add more to the dream
            1:Half Life 3 Exclusive to Wii u and Steam(Valve and Nintendo love each other)
            2:Portal 3 exclusive to wii u
            3: Lego City Undercover 2 as exclusive
            4: Punch Out 3( You can dream)
            5: Wonderful 102 showned
            6: Bomberman U(i love him so much)
            7: Sonic Boom released in september
            8: Exclusive Assasins Creed for wii u that uses the gamepad perfectly and takes place during Imperial Japan(You can dream)

          • jjbredesen

            Let me add:

            1. GTA U (Exclusive)

            2. Halo U

            3. Star Wars 1313 (U)

            4. Minecraft U

            5. Mass Effect 4 (U)

            5. Gears of War (U) (Exclusive)

            6. Far Cry 4 (U)

            5. Left 4 Dead 3 (U)

            6. Bioshock (U) (Exclusive)

            7. Reggie for Smash

            and then all the stuff you said in this comment: http://wiiudaily.com/2014/03/nintendo-skipping-pax-east/#comment-1302199511

          • Commander Pikachu

            gears of war cant happen sadly microsoft bought the ip

          • jjbredesen

            I know, but this was wishful thinking :P, i don’t think we will ever see a Valve IP on a Nintendo console they are trying to invade the console space with Steam Box.

          • Commander Pikachu

            true true but then again Valve and Nintendo do seem to like each other
            (each praising each other)

          • jjbredesen

            Yeah, they have the same principles and they are the 2 developers i respect the most. They want it cheap, and they want to make the product as fantastic as it can be, and are not afraid to delay it to make it better.

            I would love them to work together, but if we look at it from a realistic standpoint i would not cross my fingers.

          • Commander Pikachu

            i wished

          • Shane Michaels

            1. Very good idea. That way, Gta VI can skip Wii U and nobody will complain.
            2. No.
            3. That never happened. NEVER HAPPENED! *Sobs*
            4. Yeah. Notch has the time for it now, that he killed the Oculus Rift support.
            5. Would seem too little too late. Still appreciated.
            5. How are there two fives? Anyway, No.
            6. Yeah.
            5. Three fives? You have an obsession with fives. But sure, whatever.
            6. Possibly, if it is possible.
            7. Ha. Ha. Ha. Naaaaaaaaah.

    • Arthur Jarret

      You forgot the ‘free VC for all first year wii u adopters’ as well as ‘free girls from axe commercials come over to clean your gamepad’.

      • JB

        :-P

      • Commander Pikachu

        genius forgot about that

    • DragonSilths

      2 more fucking Mario games???? NO. I do NOT want to see another Mario game for at least 3 damn years. Mario needs a vacation. Also Smash Bros for Summer.

    • https://twitter.com/Onyzora Ony

      you got me on the 9th.

    • The Clockwork Being

      Swap Super Mario Galaxy 3 with Miyamoto’s new I.P because to be honest we don’t need a SMG so soon.

      • Commander Pikachu

        ok then ill do that

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Ok heres my E3 Nintendo Dream Confrence

      1: Reggie admits he was lying

      2: Reggie resigns

      3: Iwata admits he was lying

      4: Iwata makes an excuse for being greedy

      5: Wii U is discontinued

      6: Iwata estabslish a trade in deal with Sony. Wii U buyers can upgrade to PS4

      7: Miyamoto leaves for Sony

      8: Iwata resigns in dishonour

      9: Nintendo go third party

      • Dan

        No. Just no.

      • iamserious

        E3 is about the games!!! And not a single game mentioned? Tsk tsk tsk. Lol

        • Shane Michaels

          Oh right.
          10. Video games blow up.

      • gtosheex

        Here’s my E3 dream conference:

        1: Nintendo gives everyone a free copy of Mario Kart, X, and Smash Bros. Except Magnus Eriksson – he gets a ps4.

        2: Sony recalls all of their ps4′s.

        3: Magnus Eriksson watches everyone else have fun playing Wii U while not being able to play ps4.

      • MetroidZero

        10. All consoles are discontinued and every one has to buy a PC for gaming.

        *sarcasm
        :P

      • fireheartis1

        Yah Magnus you troll that would never happen. If it did the whole gaming industry would be hurt. Plus Miyamoto would never leave for Sony man he’s already stated Nintendo is the only place he’ll work. I know your trolling but it’s starting to get annoying.

      • Shane Michaels

        Here’s my E3 dream conference:

        1. Reggie blows up.
        2. Iwata blows up.
        3. Miyamoto Blows up.
        4. Yoshida blows up.
        5. ???
        6. Phil Spencer blows up.
        7. Ea President( what’s his face) blows up.
        8. Notch blows up.
        9. Gabe Newell becomes the new overlord of video games, and his first order as overlord is to outlaw 3′s.

      • Commander Pikachu

        so no more handhelds
        like ds(beat the psp almost 10 to 1)
        the gameboy(looked cool no competition)
        and the 3ds(selling well not as well ad ds though because of stupis mobile phones but also beats the vita(which is awesome)
        so your saying that we should never have gaming handhelds AGAIN!
        because who knows what sony will do with handhelds next gen]
        THAT LL MAKE ME GO TO MOBILE PHONES AND THAT is FOR THE PEOPLE WHO CANT PLAY GAMES RIGHT!

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    A bit of a loss on Nintendo’s part. At least there’s still the E3. They better show up for that unless there going to pull another Nintendo Direct again, which would be a missed opportunity.

    • JB

      Given the circumstances of last year, I thought it was a wise move to do what they didn’t. If they don’t have anything this year, or pull that same stunt, Riots will ensue. Though the have QoL to show off, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they sort of used E3 as the platform to make a big presentation of that.

      (then as everyone groans, they announce the new Zelda!… Then I wake up. LOL)

      • FutureFox

        Lately, I feel like Nintendo is purposefully backing themselves into a corner. I can only think of three reasons:
        1) They desperately want out of the console game
        2) They have a nuke or are secretly in the arms business.
        3) They have tech goodies from the future and therefore have all the time in the world to wow us.

  • FutureFox

    They have nothing to show so why would they…..go? (Yeah that rhymes not my intention).

  • Dark-Link73

    That’s certainly a disappointment that Nintendo is wasting this opportunity to showcase and advertise the Wii U. However, if they have nothing new to announce why beat on the dead horse by showcasing the same games and content as the few past Nintendo Directs. Perhaps Nintendo is just building up the tension to this next e3. Or simply just waiting for the next Nintendo Direct.

  • palomino blue

    I’d like to see a Direct around this time, similar to the way they handled E3 last year, maybe.

  • greengecko007

    Not a big deal. What Nintendo needs to do is come to E3 ready to wow both their target consumers and current install base.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Pretty much it. If they can’t do that this year, Nintendo better start digging that hole for the Wii U.

    • matthew garcia

      I’m not sure why but nintendo seems to keep development of games secret for a long time. We don’t seem to know to much about 2015. I mean they should let us know something cuz people are losing faith right now. We know some things to expect from Sony and Microsoft for 2015 already like kingdom hearts, Witcher 3, uncharted, final fantasy 15. Nintendo needs to let people know now. I have a feeling though that nintendo just doesn’t have much to show

    • NkoSekirei

      we alrdy know that smash bros,X and bayonetta 2 are coming this year besides mario kart 8 which we know comes out in may and i do hope they got some titles they revealed yet maybe be shown at e3

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    Expected.

  • HydePark1980

    Sony may be selling systems like crazy, but the press and the whole industry are watching Nintendo.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      If that were true, then why isn’t anyone buying a Wii U? That “they’re waiting for Mario Kart 8″ excuse only works for so long. Though if a lot of eyes seem to be on Nintendo and it’s basically negative news, then I don’t think that’s a good thing, but I digress. ;P

      • HydePark1980

        Not really, it’s only when people stop talking about Nintendo that they should worry.

        This may be a pretty difficult pill to swallow, but even when the competition is selling more than Nintendo when it comes the video game industry it’s Nintendo’s world the rest of us are just living in it.

        • matthew garcia

          It actually seems more like nintendos world everyone seems to be forgetting about. There is no hype for nintendo at all right now. Mario and his friends are having all time low sales at this moment. Mario 3d world is already the slowest moving mario ever. Nintendo needs change

          • HydePark1980

            Good or bad people still keep talking about them, that doesn’t fall into the criteria of being forgotten but that’s just my opinion.

          • matthew garcia

            Doesn’t matter sales are bad. Talk don’t mean shit. Its What Actually Happens That matters

          • HydePark1980

            Well this isn’t about sales it’s about weather or not people are still talking about them. Like you said, “It’s what actually happens that matter”. And what’s happening is simple, people are still very much talking about Nintendo and wondering what their next move will be.

          • matthew garcia

            People are not talkin about them there Makin fun of them. Calling it the kid console. Everybody talks about there g slow game releases and how all 3rd party developers are dropping them and There horrible sales lol. If that’s the kinda talk u like then that’s all you. I rather hear something different.

          • HydePark1980

            LMAO……Kid console!! This may come as a shock to you but the vast majority of the world that doesn’t play video games pretty much thinks gaming is for kids, doesn’t matter what console you do it on. As for third party support the amount of games that are a real loss to Nintendo could be counted on one hand, the rest just your basic monthly shooter.

          • matthew garcia

            Bullshit videogames are considered a normal part of life now it’s entertainment like going to the movies. People go to the movies and they don’t want to see pixar movies all the time they have see some rated r shit to. Nintendo in the huge gaming community of millions of people is considered the kid console. I own wii u and ps4 and I can tell ps4 has a completely different aim towards there games then nintendo does. Nintendo has games where they don’t talk and make wierd embarrassing noises lol. No sense of realism

          • HydePark1980

            Exactly, normally it’s viewed as something kids do to the rest of the world that don’t play video games. Nobody’s out here handing out Emmys or Oscars for best game of the year. For the exception of game developers (for obvious reasons) no normal person takes video games that seriously.

            Real gamers know that Nintendo only makes games that are fun for everyone to play and not to be taken too seriously, that’s not kiddie that’s just the basic principle of playing video games.
            I own a PS4 also and you’re right it’s a different kind of beast, I don’t need that much realism in my video games I already live in the real world.

          • matthew garcia

            Well my main love is playing guitar been playing since I was 13 but I’m 29 now and I have hard time playing games like mario or donkey kong. There challenging enough for adults but just the nature of the game is not my style anymore. Just give me X and a new zelda and I’m good. Not to big into saving the princess and saving bananas anymore

          • HydePark1980

            Well like I said when it comes to my gaming I’m a little more well rounded, weather it be the latest Mario adventure or GTA. The difference is games that are more mature in theme are cool to play where a game that doesn’t take it’s self too seriously is fun to play.

          • matthew garcia

            I though uncharted was more serious in nature and had great comedy and gameplay is extremely fun. My main genre would be rpgs though. Just beat radiant historia on ds not to long ago. Pretty badass game

          • Commander Pikachu

            LISTEN TO THE CARE BEAR FOR ONCE!
            lol

          • fireheartis1

            Dude I could only wish videogames were seen as “entertainment’. I’m going to be 34 and every time I pull out my 3DS at work during lunch I hear, “why are you playing that videogames are for kid”. There’s only a handful of nerds at work who understand why I play videogames. I’m sorry but videogames aren’t mainstream like we would wish, they are still seen as kids toys.

  • Jon

    and neither will Saga, Sony, EA Games, Capcom, WB, etc.

    • andrewjcole

      Which saga? :3

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Did you mean Sega?

      • Jon

        yes, obviously.

  • insomniac

    i would love to see nintendo mention the next console at E3. not a reveal! and not meant to replace anything. just another nintendo pillar as they called the original ds back in the day

  • Lil’ Goron

    FAIL

  • alex toschi

    I mean honestly what would Nintendo show, besides all the same games we know have been coming for like 6 months. This drought sucks -_-

  • Mikhael Kunkel

    people keep saying that the WiiU has a video game drought but I hear no mention of PS4 or XONE! My friend has the one and he said he hasnt turned it on in about a week because there aren’t really any games out. He said he’s bored of Titanfall now. The next big game is going to be Watchdogs. PS4 doesn’t have much either besides Infamouse 3. Which I will say does look cool! I want an xone and I saw the price at $449.99 at walmart two nights ago and with a game, but I still dont think its worth it yet! Titanfall is pretty much the only game I want and I don’t want to have to buy a year membership right off the bat to play it ya know.

  • InterTreble

    The title is the same written by all the sites, just to troll Nintendo. A LOT of former exhibitors aren’t attending this year, not only Nintendo: EA, Capcom, Sega, Popcap, WB, Asus, Sony, etc. Yes, Sony too. Why just calling out Nintendo? Because it make pageviews. Why not commenting over Sony absence? Because Sony must be only promoted, never tell something again, otherwise, how could they sell 400$ of a piece of furniture without games? Don’t be surprised if people think Nintendo is the only one who will skip the event, as they believe Watch Dogs isn’t coming, Sony is in good financial health and Nintendo isn’t, etc. Lies, but what people want to listen.

  • fireheartis1

    If all these companies are skipping PAX East what is the point of the convention? It’s sad because PAX East is a cool convention too. Maybe it will be for companies like Hyperkin and other after market consoles. That’s what PAX was originally about right. Showing off the old school games and indie development right, so why would the big companies need to be there anyways. All they do is take the spotlight off of the companies it’s supposed to be one. This means Nintendo not showing up is actually a good thing.