After a notable absence in 2012, Nintendo has now confirmed it will be returning to Gamescom in 2013. The Cologne, Germany based event had a falling out in 2012 after both Nintendo and Microsoft declined participating in the video game focused trade fair. 2013 should be a much stronger showing. While Microsoft and Sony have yet to confirm attendance, both are expected to. Another trade fair console war, this time in August.
Gamescom project manager Tim Endres offered the following statement earlier today:
"Nintendo's return is an absolute highlight for our community, exhibitors and trade visitors from around the world."
The question lingers, of course -- what exactly does Nintendo seek to gain by attending this year that they didn't think was worthy last year? Or perhaps the better question is, what can Nintendo lose by attending? After January sales reports revealed that Nintendo sold less than 60,000 Wii Us during the month Nintendo has to be scrambling. Especially considering they lost their one big exclusive of February, Rayman Legends, and don't have a very impressive line-up for the next... 3...6 months... year?
Whatever the reasons, this news renews my excitement in Gamescom. While the more public-focused event has always been enjoyable for a variety of reasons, there's nothing better than the three big console developers going head to head in a trade far. Who will win this year? We'll have to wait and see.