Nintendo President Not Coming to E3 on Doctor's Advice

Unspecified health issue keeping Satoru Iwata from attending next week's event.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will not attend next week's E3 in Los Angeles on the advice of his physician, a company representative told GameSpot. There's no reason to be alarmed, however, as the company says it's "business as usual" for Iwata.

"You won't be seeing Mr. Iwata at E3 next week. He's been instructed by his physician not to travel overseas in the immediate future, and so he will not be making the trip to Los Angeles," the representative said. "Please understand that it is business as usual for Mr. Iwata, and he continues his normal duties as president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. while he remains in Japan. As always, he will be actively involved in all of Nintendo's activities at the show."

The nature of Iwata's health issue is unknown.

Unlike press conferences for Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft, Nintendo's briefing this year is not a live event, but will rather take the form of a pre-recorded video. As such, Iwata isn't expressly needed in-person, for Nintendo's briefing at least, in Los Angeles. Still, he's long been a staple of the event, famously photographed last year arriving at the show alongside Shigeru Miyamoto, Reggie Fils-Aime, and a costumed Luigi.

Nintendo's "Digital Event" takes place at E3 on June 10 at 9 a.m. PDT. GameSpot will bring you all the news from the show as it happens. For more on this year's E3, check out GameSpot's dedicated E3 hub.

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Discussion

99 comments
Foppe
Foppe

Get better soon.

bigruss51
bigruss51

Someone doesn't want to get booed off stage

Zombrex
Zombrex

What happened to the comments section? Did someone clean house? Because there was a ton of comments yesterday and most of them hilarious.

firstclassgamer
firstclassgamer

I love WiiU and everything but these comments are Hilarious lmao

rushiosan
rushiosan

Thank god he isn't showing up, now I have more reasons to watch Nintendo thing at E3 :D

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

yea its called failureitis

playstationzone
playstationzone

Well is he fakeing the illness because  something not right is it because zelda wont be shown at e3 or is it not a lot games for will u.

Blue_Owl
Blue_Owl

What about the new Pokemon Games?? The new Monster Hunter for 3DS??? Persona Q?? Just a trailer would be good enough... Also add more characters for Smash Brothers!!!!   ^_^

hystavito
hystavito

Interesting they just came out and said it was health related.  I guess maybe they decided it was better to have people speculate on that alone, instead of speculating on a whole bunch of different possible reasons.

DrKill09
DrKill09

"If you go to E3, Nintendo fans will kill you for destroying the brand" - Doctor Obvious

btroof
btroof

kinda disappointed Nintendo won't be hosting a live stage event like usual but still excited for what they'll do 

Polygon_Pariah
Polygon_Pariah

Lol he called in sick! I wonder if he acted all horse over the phone.

Iwata: "I no come to EFree...very sick. I tink I have vaganitis or somting...*cough*"

Besides, It's not like Iwata would have anything new to show anyway.

DonTonberry
DonTonberry

Did the doctor take his pulse with the Vitality Sensor?

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

That's very unfortunate. I know people don't like the decisions he's made in the past. But whether you like him or not, he's a human being. Therefore, I hope he gets well soon. Whatever is wrong with him.

Celsius765
Celsius765

I want Reggie or Bill to present over nintendo e3 for us NA gamers

Celsius765
Celsius765

Does this mean he won't be the presentator for the prerecorded E3 Direct because he's so robotic on camera

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Dodging the hecklers and the press I see, probably because their e3 will suck

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

Doc's orders:  This year sucks, no new good games from anybody, don't waste your time going

rmiller365
rmiller365

I hope Iwata is going to be okay. I have liked that guy ever since he sported the Mario mustache.

atopp399
atopp399

This should go over well.

byzantine_chant
byzantine_chant

Oh Nintendo, what happened to you?


I can't wait to see Zelda, Bayonetta 2 and possibly Metroid, but Nintendo... get a new president who can get you guys back into the game.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

the health issue?  while i hope it's nothing serious, it's probably a case of him having his head stuck up his own ass and being in denial that things need to change to make Nintendo do well again

beuneus12
beuneus12

Iwata will jump out of the cake on E3 stage :s

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

"We will have to prescribe you some apology pills." 


Iwata: "Please no more. Please understand!"

beuneus12
beuneus12

condition is called: 'cold feet'

Coldpain
Coldpain

I would get sick too, if my triple digit income was slashed due to my own incompetence...

tachsniper
tachsniper

lynch mobs tend to be bad for ones health

playstationzone
playstationzone

If not fakeing it get well soon but again this guy destroying Ninendo he need to resgin and get someone can do the job.

Celsius765
Celsius765

@pikachudude860 hmmm I just wish he'd stop handling Nintendo Directs for NA. English is not his first language so he comes off rather flat and emotionless

metallinatus
metallinatus

@freedomzealot Don't worry about it.... the 8 years olds will all be looking for a stand where they can play COD.

atopp399
atopp399

@freedomzealot Mario Kart is actually better than anything on the Xbox One or PS4.  Not sure why you're so angry about it.

wookiegr
wookiegr

@freedomzealot because booth babes will be handing out free Rockstar energy drinks. The one time creepy manchildren and 8 years old see eye to eye on things.

eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

@chev77588 Well Mario Kart 8 had to sell, the Wii U has had a dry spell of major 1st and 3rd party games for a few months now. 

justinka777
justinka777

@Celsius765 @pikachudude860  yes but it just won't be the same without him, his "English" has kind of grown on me.

eat_game_poop
eat_game_poop

@chev77588 Whose ignoring, that's what I meant. It sold well and sold consoles because everyone wanted a major game for the system and they bought it. Just like when Titanfall and Infamous Second Son sold well for their respective consoles and sold some consoles as well. People were starving for big games and they bought them when it came out. Not everything is a personal attack towards Nintendo, you need to be a little less defensive.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@chev77588 @eat_game_poop And you're ignoring the fact that it sold mostly to people who ALREADY own a Wii U. It sold 1.2 million copies of the game, not consoles. It was bound to be a hit since they haven't had any major releases in months.

lithus
lithus

If anyone is the tr0ll here, it's you chev77588. All you do is hang around the Nintendo comment sections to harass anyone who has a problem with Nintendo.

That by the very definition is a tr0ll. That also makes you the hypocrite. Two for one day for chev it seems.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@chev77588 @lithus

Bias: 1. cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something.

Example: "No need to tell me that you're a fanboy of Sony or M$ because it's pretty obvious seeing how you're blindly siding with all these tr0lls here. And don't even try to lie, loser. "