Nintendo has not yet backed away from E3, but last year opted out of a live stage presentation in favor of a special edition Nintendo Direct feature. While Nintendo confirms it is again forgoing the opportunity to appear on stage at North America's biggest gaming event this year, the console giant will engage its audience through a "Nintendo Digital Event" that promises to "reveal and provide further detail about the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond."
The Nintendo Digital Event, billed as a "new kind of video program", kicks off this June 10th at 9:00AM PST. No estimated run time was provided, so we can't say at time of writing whether or not it will be any more involved than last year's 40-something minute E3 Direct. What we do know is that the Nintendo Digital Event is but one of four core experiences in the console giant's E3 presentation strategy dubbed "Play Nintendo."
Special ingredient number two will be a livestream straight from Nintendo's E3 booth providing in-depth and "unscripted" looks at the games on offer to attendees, hosted by Nintendo of America's product development department AKA The Treehouse.
Rounding out the remaining half of the Play Nintendo extravaganza is none other than the upcoming Super Smash Bros. titles for 3DS and Wii U, currently scheduled for release this summer and winter, respectively. Nintendo has invited 16 "highly skilled" players to participate in a Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles, and fans can catch the action onsite or via livestream. Can't be arsed to watch other people play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U? Then try it yourself at participating Best Buy stores. Nintendo promises more details as to where you might be able to go hands on with the upcoming title soon.