For the first time in PAX East history, Nintendo won't attend

Mario maker skipping this year's show, but the company says it will offer a "variety" of opportunities for fans to try Nintendo games in 2014.

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Nintendo will not have an official presence at PAX East next month, marking the first time since the show's inception in 2010 that the Mario maker won't attend the Boston industry event.

"Interacting directly with our fans and letting them play our games firsthand is a key component of our approach," a Nintendo spokesperson told Polygon. "That doesn't include PAX East this year, but we will offer our fans a variety of opportunities to get their hands on Nintendo products in 2014."

Nintendo did not elaborate as to why it won't attend this year's event. The company also scaled back its E3 presence last year, trading its traditional main presentation for more intimate briefings.

PlayStation developer Sony is also not attending PAX East 2014, making Microsoft the only company of the "Big Three" to attend next month's show. Other high-profile exhibitors include Ubisoft, Oculus VR, Twitch, Square Enix, Blizzard, 2K Games, and Double Fine.

PAX East runs April 11-13 in Boston, Mass. GameSpot will be in attendance.

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Nintendo won't be at E3 this year either. You heard it here first.

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You would think with sales doing so poorly they would try to show up to get people excited about the Wii U

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I agree with some of the comments on here, Gamespot has singled out Nintendo once again because it's easy troll bait, it's a typical Eddie Makuch article very misleading (leaving out Sony) and intended to anger the fanbots, I suppose this is probably the article that's going to be used in this weeks last ever Feedbackula.

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I thought it was pretty cool how Nintendo was brought their new/unreleased games to places like Best Buy so that lots of people could try them, people that normally would never get a chance at trade shows or conventions. I live in a small city that would normally get overlooked for this kinda stuff, so I was surprised when Nintendo brought that stuff to the local Best Buy. Also it's the only chance for people like me to get their hands on a foam Luigi hat :).

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Probably too busy working on a new console.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Just like Sony and M$, right?

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THE END IS NEAR ...RUN MARIO RUN!

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*Insert Retarded Eddie's writing* "Ummm Ummm guys lets attack nintendo for a incredibly small convention, come on guys lets hate for no apparent reason (lol they dont know that a shitload more of companies are not going but this guys will get stirred up and take shots at nintendo for whatever reason and click on my retarded articles)"

Btw here is the list of companies not going to Pax East:

Nintendo
Sony
EA Games
Capcom
Sega
Deep Silver
Popcap
Mad Catz
Frima Studios
Twisted Pixel
Perfect World
CCP Games
Creative Labs
Asus
Moga

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[Trailervoice]In a world where nobody has heard of pax east...[/Trailervoice]

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'big three'? I think Nintendo, despite their largeness, is slipping on their front.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Despite that they're outselling M$ and nearing 6 million in Wii U sells. Troll much, loser?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> These days when I think of the big three, that's Playstation, Xbox and PC. I almost forget that nintendo exist at times.

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@The-Neon-Seal Except that PC is far above the "Big Three".... so yeah, Nintendo, Playstation & Xbox makes much more sense than PC, Playstation & Xbox.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Obvious troll is obvious.

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Why in the title Nintendo is the only on mentioned and not sony? and also only with a nintendo image? Can someone please tell me how a "writer" like eddie makes above minimum wage?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> to be fair, he is just doing his job as he is told by his managers. i don't think he is allowed the freedom to report on what he himself would consider "worthwhile" news. his performance is measured by activity he brings to the site, and to reach those numbers, he sometimes needs to stoop to low levels and troll the community. can't blame him in that respect. do i agree with this practice? hell no. but i understand that this is how the industry works and accept it. you need to do your own research to get the full story in many cases :D

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I agree with you that he might be just following instructions from his boss and that would make gamespot the piece of shit and not eddie, but after seeing Tom McSeas' articles and reviews about how amazing nintendo games have been these past few years I am led to believe they do have some liberty to write and that is why I believe Eddie is at fault here. I mean come on even IGN has a better title and redaction than this.

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Maybe they might not shock us in awe now at an announcement for a Mario game? Who'd see that coming?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> This troll siding with Eddie's trollish article? Who'd see that coming?

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No Capcom either? Would have thought they would have Street Fighter with them

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what is pax east?

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It's still turkey stuffing but from a different direction... obviously. ;)

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"Mario maker skipping this year's show, but the company says it will offer a "variety" of opportunities for fans to try Nintendo games in 2014."

It's called the Wii U, now please go and buy it so we can attend in 2015!

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"Oh and sony isn't appearing"


I'm sorry but that is bias GS.

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Probably from the dickwolves controversy last year

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Apple stopped doing conferences like this years ago. No reason for them once you are a big company. Great for the small devs but a waste for nintendo, sony, ms

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Sorry Nintendo... but watching Nintendo direct is an horrible experience that makes me want to commit

<< LINK REMOVED >>... just come to Pax...
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is this an indication that they will be quiet at e3 this year as well? they do have smash and kart to promote, so it would make sense to go... i guess?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Obviously they're going to E3! They're going to show games that will come out in late 2014 and early 2015 this year, not games that were announced last year like Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8! I think they will show a next-gen Zelda, Metroid, F-Zero, StarFox, Kirby, and other IP's like Animal Crossing and Pokemon. Take note that it's rumored that they might make a new F-Zero game as well as a new Star-Fox game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> that would be great to see. nintendo needs a boost at the moment. personally, i just want to see more xenoblade chronicles 2 :D

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Nintendo I've heard of but what the hell is pax east?

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This article is the epitome of Eddie journalism.

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"Not coming to Wii U" is missing here

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum Pax East is not coming to Wii U.

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I know GS isn't the place to find prime journalism... but wtf. Don't you guys have any kind of pride on your own profession? Why not put in the title that both Sony and Nintendo will be missing PAX East?

Anyway...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sony has missed PAX east before?..

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I have no idea if Sony has missed any PAX east since the ancient year of 2010. I wasn't stating either that the title was untrue.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm just saying... if Sony has missed PAX before, that might be why they weren't included in the title. They titled the article as a never-before-seen occurrence.

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For first time in PAX East's brief five-year history, Nintendo (founded in 1889 and making video games as early as 1975) won't attend

Fixed.