Nintendo will be attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2020) with another pre-recorded Nintendo Direct broadcast, followed by an extended Nintendo Treehouse: Live show.
There were concerns that the company might be skipping E3 2020 since it was not mentioned in a recently leaked list of attendees. However, organizer Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has confirmed that Nintendo will indeed have a presence at the annual game-related fair and remains “committed to participating” in E3 2020, which should quell previous concerns.
While Nintendo is yet to relay any plans, the company will likely stick to its past presentation strategy. Any announcements will be made through a lengthy stream with plenty of gameplay and interviews to follow afterwards. Unlike other participating publishers, Nintendo is a big question mark in terms of expectations at E3 2020.
The rumored Switch Pro was categorically put down by the company and when looking at the new console announcements coming from Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo will probably refrain from making any hardware-related announcements at all during such a crowded year.
What can be expected at E3 2020 is hearing about new and upcoming games. There are strong rumors surfacing for the next Metroid and Paper Mario installments set to release by the end of the year. Should that release window be true, Nintendo will naturally be revealing them at E3 2020.
There are also the highly anticipated sequels to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Bayonetta, which could make their way into the broadcasts as well. Nintendo may possibly have other unannounced games in the pipelines but the company seldom reveals them unless they are at the end of their development cycles.
Nintendo stopped doing live press conferences since E3 2013 in favor of pre-recorded videos. The company was the first of the three console manufacturers to do so, something which Sony looks to have picked up in the past couple of years.
Streaming announcements cuts down the expenses, which for those unaware is a pretty expensive affair for an E3 iteration. Doing broadcasts also allows Nintendo to make announcements on the fly, even outside of E3 without having to make any unnecessary preparations to host a physical event.
Nintendo will have to bring out something really special to match the next-generation announcements coming from its competitors at E3 2020. That being said, president Shuntaro Furukawa noted earlier in the month that the next-generation consoles and Switch will have different target audiences. Hence, the company doesn’t believe that the “business trends of other companies [Sony, Microsoft] will have a significant impact on our [Nintendo] business” — at least for the foreseeable future.