No Nintendo hardware reveal at E3, company confirms

Corporation clarifies to CVG amid rush of speculation

Nintendo will not be revealing new hardware at E3, the company has confirmed to CVG.


On Thursday reports emerged suggesting the corporation would announce a new platform, or a new iteration of a current platform, during the Los Angeles games event.

But representatives for Nintendo told CVG on Friday that such a reveal is not under consideration.

During its most recent financial briefing, Nintendo revealed it is developing new hardware, but clarified this would be for a new 'Quality of Life' platform. Little is known about it, aside from this would not be a traditional games platform for core gamers.

"We wish to achieve an integrated hardware-software platform business that, instead of providing mobile or wearable features, will be characterized by a new area of what we like to call 'non-wearable' technology," Nintendo said at the time.

Chief executive Satoru Iwata said Nintendo would reveal the system before the end of the current financial year - which opens a window between now and March 2015.

The company's focus at E3 is expected to be games such as Smash Bros for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, as well as the next-generation Legend of Zelda.

A rush of speculation

During a recent podcast, seasoned IGN journalist Peer Schneider mentioned several sources had told him the platform holder will unveil new hardware at the LA show. IGN did not publish a news article on the matter, suggesting the rumour did not pass internal tests for publication.

However, the rumour gained weight when the widely respected media outlet VideoGamer claimed it had heard from a third-party source that the speculation was true.

VideoGamer suggested that the new hardware was based on supposed leaked tech specs, which have not been verified as accurate.

Nintendo will once again forgo a traditional E3 press conference in 2014, instead opting to conduct a "digital event" to showcase its new games and announcements.

On Tuesday, June 10 the platform holder will hold a special Nintendo Direct to share "further detail on the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond".


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