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Nintendo will not show off new hardware at E3

Nintendo UK confirms the no-show

After reports circulated yesterday regarding a new Nintendo console reveal at this year's E3, Nintendo UK has confirmed to ONM that no such announcement will take place.

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That still leaves the recently announced Digital Event to focus on Wii U and 3DS titles for 2014 and beyond, as well as in-depth looks at every title revealed through the Nintendo Treehouse Live stream.

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  1. Miguel Sanchez Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:08

    Who started these rumours? When did they circulate? Ah who cares, the headline dashed my hopes before they even had a chance to exist. In fact it's so obvious it barely counts as news, arrgghh *up-ends tea table*

  2. LostNoob Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:11

    Thank goodness for that, I've only just got the Wii U :-)
    Honestly the rumours seemed pretty unbelievable in the first place, although I was hoping for Nintendo to announce a Wii U with more built in memory.

  3. mariomafia Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:19

    well no conference again who can blame.

    They kinda had to show new hardware. the 3DS is on the decline, the Wii U is flatlining unless Mario Kart can generate some extra 7 million sales this year, and seeing as how the mario kart bundle was like 433rd on amazon last i checked it doesn't seem like it.

    I Just don't get nintendo, the 3DS will be lucky to sell half of what the DS did, the U is barely going to scrape Gamecube Numbers, both these machines are on what seems their last legs now so why not actually announce something that is going to fire everyone up and get everyone talking ?? New models, New bundles, Redesigned game pad with more than 2 hours battery life, a 3DS with better resolution! those interchangable controllers they were patenting, ANYTHING !

    June 12, 2012, they state that they're working on the next portable, not an and that there won't be an XL. Literally nine days later they announce the 3DS XL, so This could still just be conjecture and that they still might announce something.

    Last year they were worse than third place at e3 : They were a complete and utter Non Entity. Totally irrelevant to everything and everyone. They just cannot let that happen again this year, It is going to take more than setting up some local Multiplayer booths, they really need to blow everyone's minds and the 3DS and the U are just not enough to do it.

    Hell even a new SKU for the U, a rebranding of it to get everyone to know what the hell it actually is, i mean almost 2 years on and i still talk to dozens of people who have absolutely no idea nintendo even had a new machine out !! they go " Oh but I already got a WIi " or something along those lines.

    A New Mario Kart 8 Bundle alongside a redesigned U, With more memory and better gamepad, woulda been better than the gimped thing we got now, i mean imagine if the DS was never redesigned as the DS Lite and was stuck as the Fugly lump it was before?

  4. LostNoob Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:29

    they kinda had to show new hardware. the 3DS is on the decline, the Wii U is flatlining unless Mario Kart can generate some extra 7 million sales this year, and seeing as how the mario kart bundle was like 433rd on amazon last i checked it doesn't seem like it.

    I Just don't get nintendo, the 3DS will be lucky to sell half of what the DS did, the U is barely going to scrape Gamecube Numbers, both these machines are on what seems their last legs now so why not actually announce something that is going to fire everyone up and get everyone talking ??

    Last year they were worse than third place at e3 : They were a complete and utter Non Entity. Totally irrelevant to everything and everyone. They just cannot let that happen again this year, It is going to take more than setting up some local Multiplayer booths, they really need to blow everyone's minds and the 3DS and the U are just not enough to do it.

    Hell even a new SKU for the U, a rebranding of it to get everyone to know what the hell it actually is, i mean almost 2 years on and i still talk to dozens of people who have absolutely no idea nintendo even had a new machine out !! they go " Oh but I already got a WIi " or something along those lines.

    Nintendo don't need to announce new hardware to save themselves, the 3DS is doing just fine.
    I'm sure the Wii U can also be turned around with some great games, even if it never gets quite the huge commercial success the Wii got.

  5. Dan-the-Wii-man Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:29

    No console doesn't write off hardware all together. Maybe what the IGN guys were hearing was just talk of a new controller or peripheral. I've got my money on a modified GameCube pro-controller for Wii U...

  6. Mariostar222 Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:37

    I wouldn't mind,the 3DS is doing well,why a new handheld?
    WiiU dosn't need any more accsesorys.

    nuff' (more) said

  7. Balderz Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:45

    No console doesn't write off hardware all together. Maybe what the IGN guys were hearing was just talk of a new controller or peripheral. I've got my money on a modified GameCube pro-controller for Wii U...

    With Smash Bros for Wii U on the horizon, that would please a LOT of gamers, as well as open up the possibility for Gamecube on the VC

  8. Chewie Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:47

    I was kind of hoping for something that falls in between the 3DS and the XL, like a DSi equivalent.

  9. E123-Fawful Friday 2nd May 2014 at 14:59

    Well obviously they wouldn't unless they wanted to go the way of SEGA. 3DS has been out for 3 years and has got another 3 left in it. The Wii U is in it's second year so announcing a replacement would be bad business. As said loads of times Nintendo have loads of money. It's Sony we should be worried about. Predicting a $1.27 billion net loss. Yikes.

  10. Chill2868 Friday 2nd May 2014 at 15:25

    We keep comparing this generation of games consoles to the last. Stop. The market has changed, and at the end of the day the fans are happy. The wii u may be a niche, but that is what Nintendo is best at.

  11. RedDwarf Friday 2nd May 2014 at 15:46

    We keep comparing this generation of games consoles to the last. Stop.

    http://images.nintendolife.com/news/2013/09/nintendo_direct_wii_u_and_3ds_broadcast_coming_tomorrow/attachment/0/630x.jpg

  12. CyberGW Friday 2nd May 2014 at 15:52

    Good. Way to early for a new console, other than possibly a new model of some sorts.

  13. Argenthor Friday 2nd May 2014 at 16:21

    *Iwata reads the rumours*

    "Issue a statement denying a reveal at E3.... then we will reveal it the day before. MWAHAHAHA."

  14. Miguel Sanchez Friday 2nd May 2014 at 16:23

    *Iwata reads the rumours*

    "Issue a statement denying a reveal at E3.... then we will reveal it the day before. MWAHAHAHA."

    *Correction: "Issue a statement denying a reveal at E3... then we will reveal it the day before "

    Fixed.

  15. mariomafia Friday 2nd May 2014 at 16:26

    Well obviously they wouldn't unless they wanted to go the way of SEGA. 3DS has been out for 3 years and has got another 3 left in it. The Wii U is in it's second year so announcing a replacement would be bad business. As said loads of times Nintendo have loads of money. It's Sony we should be worried about. Predicting a $1.27 billion net loss. Yikes.

    new hard ware, not new platform. They said they were not announcing anything in 2012 then a week later we got the 3DS XL

    I really cannot see the 3DS around for another 3 years, what else is going to come out on it ?? We have Zelda, we have Animal Crossing, fire emblem, pokemon, Monster Hunter, Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, all the games people care about.

    a revamped 3DS would give the flagging machine that extra boost in the twilight years of its life. I cannot see nintendo supporting something doing the numbers it is currently doing for another 6 years or whatever just to get to 70 million.
    It is only going to manage half the DS numbers at best anyways, so They should make something to help it along.
    It is doing ' OK' for what it is, but there is no denying it is now starting to slow down now with no real huge games coming out now. 20 K a week in japan is not healthy sales, but then everything is really low there atm.

    the U desperately needs redesigning and relaunching, its completely dead where it is now, like i said before a jazzed up U bundle with better battery gamepad and more memory would help too.

    Playstation is doing gangbusters, PS4 is steamrolling and the Vita is starting to pick up, and the PS3 still has good legs. Sony are in a bit of a pickle, but they will come out the other end of it ok once they get rid of all their dead divisions. Blu Ray was not the media juggernaut people came to expect and it kinda bit sony in the ass. What Nintendo should do is focus more digitally and online stuff, since they do not have blu ray etc anyways.

    Nintendo can have all the money in the world, it doesn't change the fact they are becoming more irrelevant in gaming circles with each passing year. They have to dramatically change their image if they want to stay current. and they really got to stop taking half a decade to produce 1 game when other companies can knock out multiple AAA titles in 1.5-2 years. Mario Kart is 5 gigabytes, what on earth took so long to do ?? I Guess they are good with compression but it can't take that long to knock up 16-32 courses. what took them 3-4 years ?

  16. Miguel Sanchez Friday 2nd May 2014 at 16:39

    *Iwata reads the rumours*

    "Issue a statement denying a reveal at E3.... then we will reveal it the day before. MWAHAHAHA."

    *Correction: "Issue a statement denying a reveal at E3... then we will reveal it the day before (laughs)"

    Fixed.

    Darn, the *laughs* in square brackets didn't appear :P Carry on...

  17. jaco_p Friday 2nd May 2014 at 16:51

    3DS not performing? before the xbone and ps4 launched wasn't it the best selling console?? some people have short memories. Big N need to do a conference though for sure

  18. geengy Friday 2nd May 2014 at 17:20

    well no conference again who can blame.

    They kinda had to show new hardware. the 3DS is on the decline, the Wii U is flatlining unless Mario Kart can generate some extra 7 million sales this year, and seeing as how the mario kart bundle was like 433rd on amazon last i checked it doesn't seem like it.

    I Just don't get nintendo, the 3DS will be lucky to sell half of what the DS did, the U is barely going to scrape Gamecube Numbers, both these machines are on what seems their last legs now so why not actually announce something that is going to fire everyone up and get everyone talking ?? New models, New bundles, Redesigned game pad with more than 2 hours battery life, a 3DS with better resolution! those interchangable controllers they were patenting, ANYTHING !

    June 12, 2012, they state that they're working on the next portable, not an and that there won't be an XL. Literally nine days later they announce the 3DS XL, so This could still just be conjecture and that they still might announce something.

    Last year they were worse than third place at e3 : They were a complete and utter Non Entity. Totally irrelevant to everything and everyone. They just cannot let that happen again this year, It is going to take more than setting up some local Multiplayer booths, they really need to blow everyone's minds and the 3DS and the U are just not enough to do it.

    Hell even a new SKU for the U, a rebranding of it to get everyone to know what the hell it actually is, i mean almost 2 years on and i still talk to dozens of people who have absolutely no idea nintendo even had a new machine out !! they go " Oh but I already got a WIi " or something along those lines.

    A New Mario Kart 8 Bundle alongside a redesigned U, With more memory and better gamepad, woulda been better than the gimped thing we got now, i mean imagine if the DS was never redesigned as the DS Lite and was stuck as the Fugly lump it was before?


    3DS in decline? I wouldn't say that about a machine that is just under the PS4 in the sales charts.

    Nintendo'll come through, even Sony are in dire straights when you look at it.

  19. mariomafia Friday 2nd May 2014 at 17:32

    well no conference again who can blame.

    They kinda had to show new hardware. the 3DS is on the decline, the Wii U is flatlining unless Mario Kart can generate some extra 7 million sales this year, and seeing as how the mario kart bundle was like 433rd on amazon last i checked it doesn't seem like it.

    I Just don't get nintendo, the 3DS will be lucky to sell half of what the DS did, the U is barely going to scrape Gamecube Numbers, both these machines are on what seems their last legs now so why not actually announce something that is going to fire everyone up and get everyone talking ?? New models, New bundles, Redesigned game pad with more than 2 hours battery life, a 3DS with better resolution! those interchangable controllers they were patenting, ANYTHING !

    June 12, 2012, they state that they're working on the next portable, not an and that there won't be an XL. Literally nine days later they announce the 3DS XL, so This could still just be conjecture and that they still might announce something.

    Last year they were worse than third place at e3 : They were a complete and utter Non Entity. Totally irrelevant to everything and everyone. They just cannot let that happen again this year, It is going to take more than setting up some local Multiplayer booths, they really need to blow everyone's minds and the 3DS and the U are just not enough to do it.

    Hell even a new SKU for the U, a rebranding of it to get everyone to know what the hell it actually is, i mean almost 2 years on and i still talk to dozens of people who have absolutely no idea nintendo even had a new machine out !! they go " Oh but I already got a WIi " or something along those lines.

    A New Mario Kart 8 Bundle alongside a redesigned U, With more memory and better gamepad, woulda been better than the gimped thing we got now, i mean imagine if the DS was never redesigned as the DS Lite and was stuck as the Fugly lump it was before?


    3DS in decline? I wouldn't say that about a machine that is just under the PS4 in the sales charts.

    Nintendo'll come through, even Sony are in dire straights when you look at it.

    a 50% deficit from the previous generation isn't a decline ?

    3DS is barely scraping above 30k in japan this week ,and this time it was hovering around 80 K a week in 2012, and then 50-60k in 2013. for example

    week ending 20th April 2013 : 72 K
    week ending 19th of april 2014 21k

    So weekly sales less than half of what they were 2 years ago are not worrying ? sales almost a quarter of what they were the very same week the year before are fine ? compared to the PSP vita at 22k this week which is supposedly a dead platform.

    Remember the Gamecube was selling really well then completely died less than 3 years later. even the GBA was slowing but they pulled the trigger at the right time with the DS.

    the 3DS looks REALLY old, a Ł50 smartphone can pump out better graphics that it, They really need to make something soon that doesn't have games that look like ass, i mean look at pokemon, its like an Playstation 1.5 game...
    they need to just release a handheld that doesn't have such hideously low resolution, something at the Wii U level, that way they can do that cross platform thing they were talking about, Developing games for the (4) DS that can also play on the U. Think that the Cartridges are on the way out too, I Mean having to carry around a bunch of small games around that if you lose you lose all your hours and expense for nothing. the E Shop really should be a primary focus IMO.


    Sony are not in Dire straights by any means, but they are hurting from their poor decisions in the past, but it shouldn't affect Playstation beasting the competition, but even then it is starting to slow a little, but i expect it to explode again post e3

  20. dunc247 Friday 2nd May 2014 at 17:48

    This kinda debate happening just makes me think of Chandra's final piece for ONM, "Nintendo: The Comeback King". Great feature that puts a lot of things into perspective. Check it out if you've got some time.

  21. tobes325 Friday 2nd May 2014 at 17:57

    I would never expect them to announce new hardware when the Wii U is barely two years old. So it didn't do as well as hoped, who cares....Nintendo have turned their fates around too many times to count and even if it doesn't set the world on fire in the near future they've always been the underdogs and done just fine. The 3DS is far from failing so I don't know where that's even coming from, it's sold amazingly over the past couple of years and has had some of the best games a handheld has ever seen...I'm not a fanboy or anything but whats with all the pessimism! :P

  22. NP Chilla Friday 2nd May 2014 at 18:00

    Well obviously they wouldn't unless they wanted to go the way of SEGA. 3DS has been out for 3 years and has got another 3 left in it. The Wii U is in it's second year so announcing a replacement would be bad business. As said loads of times Nintendo have loads of money. It's Sony we should be worried about. Predicting a $1.27 billion net loss. Yikes.

    It's also Sony who had to sell its American AND Japanese headquarters last year to raise some emergency cash to fight off bankruptcy.
    Even then, the PS Vita has been dead for years.

  23. starman292 Friday 2nd May 2014 at 19:30

    Well its pretty obvious that the new legend of zelda will be announced this year; so as long as details of that come out I'm not bothered :D Nintendo TV would be nice too to be fair. They did also mention they were working on a way of playing games with two Wii U controllers too a while back. There's plenty of stuff that could be announced at E3 from Nintendo, we haven't heard of anything from Metroid in ages, could be more on the Pokemon DLC. Lots of things that haven't been released in ages like Fzero Starfox or mother/earthbound (would make sense after they localized earthbound). There also seems to be a lot of very good indie developers who want to get involved with Nintendo, so I think they'll be fine.

  24. E123-Fawful Friday 2nd May 2014 at 19:36

    Well its pretty obvious that the new legend of zelda will be announced this year; so as long as details of that come out I'm not bothered :D Nintendo TV would be nice too to be fair. They did also mention they were working on a way of playing games with two Wii U controllers too a while back. There's plenty of stuff that could be announced at E3 from Nintendo, we haven't heard of anything from Metroid in ages, could be more on the Pokemon DLC. Lots of things that haven't been released in ages like Fzero Starfox or mother/earthbound (would make sense after they localized earthbound). There also seems to be a lot of very good indie developers who want to get involved with Nintendo, so I think they'll be fine.

    The only thing we'd get from Mother is the other games in the series being released on the VC. They'll remain a trilogy so no new Mother games.
    Pokemon DLC will be to do with Diancie and possibly on that Strange Souvenir item.

  25. fisher2007 Friday 2nd May 2014 at 22:14

    Good.we don't need a new console Way to early.

  26. Abe hikura Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 08:47

    The only new hardware I'd expected for the next few years are a "pro" 3DS that has two analogue sticks, acts as second Wii u pad and maybe some bizarre expansion pack style add on for the Wii u adds hard drive and a secondary graphics card... Which is in unlikely.... Highly unlikely

    When the next ten of nintendo home console comes in needs to not be called Wii. I think we can agree that caused a lot of problems this time around

  27. Yasimoto Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 09:33


    I really cannot see the 3DS around for another 3 years, what else is going to come out on it ?? We have Zelda, we have Animal Crossing, fire emblem, pokemon, Monster Hunter, Mario Kart, Smash Brothers, all the games people care about.

    Still room for an Advance Wars 3DS :o

  28. martynm Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 11:22

    It's for the best. I mean if they revealed a new home consoles you're effectively screwing the Wii U owners over. As for the 3DS? No. Nintendo's handhelds have always been Nintendo's golden boy when it comes to sales. Taking a look at the kind of community that the 3DS can bring via streetpass events, it would be silly to simply introduce a new handheld when communities are such as the pre-mentioned and Miiverse are so popular and be replaced by something more 'next gen'.

  29. AlienFanatik Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 15:17

    TL;DR: Nintendo needs to fix the Wii-U's underlying software to make it more user-friendly, support the virtual console better, and announce some interesting games. New hardware isn't the answer right now.

    ---

    I think that, more than hardware, Nintendo needs to highlight a major and comprehensive software update for the Wii-U. I had a Wii-U, but sold it earlier this year because I was frustrated by not only the slow rollout of new titles but the abysmal support for the Virtual Console service.

    The system will be two years old by the time we get to the Christmas buying season yet the software is still in a very unfinished state, in my opinion. Yes, they continue to patch the system in small increments but I have yet to see any major changes other than, on the server side, combining the Wii-U and 3DS e-Shops.

    However, Virtual Console games that haven't been translated to Wii-U mode are still tied to the system and not your Club Nintendo profile. If your system is lost, you lose them. To move games from the Wii to the Wii-U is still a laborious process that involves using a USB stick or SD card. How is this user-friendly to the millions of Wii owners that have yet to pick up a Wii-U? Where is the TiVO interface? Has the TVii initiative ever lived up to expectations? Why can the Wii-U GamePad only control a TV and not other devices like sound bars--EXTREMELY common with HDTV's--and external amplifiers?

    What I'd like to hear at E3, even more than a hardware announcement, would be a complete re-vamp of the Wii-U software. Why, for instance, does the Wii-U have to kick into Wii mode to play Virtual Console titles? They are clearly using software emulation that could just as easily run on the Wii-U OS, so why not re-code it so that VC titles run natively without having to boot into Wii mode? Wii mode, with its sluggish interface, should be reserved for playing Wii titles only. Why not fix the entire VC system and tie ALL games to a Club Nintendo profile so that if you decide to switch from Wii to Wii-U, all you need to do is log in and agree to transfer your games digitally?

    There is so much Nintendo can do with the existing Wii-U, including of course new games, to make the system so much better than it is right now. I recently sold my XBOX One via Ebay because as I get older, I find myself gravitating to the more classic types of games Nintendo offers. (And I think the Kinect is a gimmick that adds nothing to gaming.) However, I am waiting to see if Nintendo is going to get their act together before I jump back in. If they really fix the software, have some good games planned for the future, and if they really do throw some effort into making the Virtual Console more prominent than it was on the Wii, I'll gladly buy the system again.

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