E3: Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Will Not Be At E3 2014

Posted: Jun 6 2014, 4:37am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 6 2014, 4:41am CDT, in News | E3

E3: Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will not be At E3 2014

As Nintendo heads into a competitive E3 this year, it will be without their fearless leader, President Satoru Iwata.

Nintendo reps confirmed that Iwata would not be attending E3 2014 on the advice of his doctors, though he is absolutely still performing his duties as the company’s president.

“He’s been instructed by his physician not to travel overseas in the immediate future, and so he will not be making the trip to Los Angeles,” Nintendo VP of corporate affairs Cindy Gordon said to Polygon. “Please understand that it is business as usual for Mr. Iwata, and he continues his normal duties as president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. while he remains in Japan. As always, he will be actively involved in all of Nintendo’s activities at the show.”

Due to Nintendo’s plans for E3, Iwata staying in Japan likely won’t change much about their presence at the show. Once again, they’re forgoing a traditional on-stage press conference, instead opting for a video presentation to debut all their new titles and features in the style of an overstuffed Nintendo Direct. There’s little doubt that Iwata has probably either already filmed any part he may have in the video, or if not, could easily do so in Japan.

There are no specifics as to what the 54 year-old Iwata may be ailing from, but hopefully it’s something manageable and temporary. Iwata has been a controversial figure at times in his role at Nintendo, but has overseen some of the best years of the brand since his tenure began in 2002, and is beloved by fans and employees alike. Recently, he announced that he personally would be taking a pay cut in the wake of Nintendo’s disappointing fiscal results, and has been constantly talking up Nintendo’s next mystery venture into “quality of life” technology. No word on if that’s going to be part of Nintendo’s E3 presentation, as it’s been described as not necessarily being “video game related.”

Nintendo has seen a string of good headlines recently with the critical and commercial success of Mario Kart 8, arguably one of the best releases of the year so far, if not the best. The only limiting factor of the game is the low install base of the Wii U, though through Mario Kart packages, the console has seen a dramatic spike in sales recently. With Super Smash Bros. set to arrive on the console before the holiday, this year could be a turning point for the Wii U.

Best wishes to Iwata, and hopefully he’ll be back in fighting shape soon. It’s a shame he won’t be at E3, but Nintendo will likely be able to make do regardless.

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