Thursday, July 20, 2006
Nintendo not at TGS, SpaceWorld 2006 likely
The Tokyo Game Show keynote speakers have just been announced on the Japanese TGS site and Nintendo will not be speaking. Instead, Sony Computer Entertainment´s Ken Kutaragi and Square Enix´ Yoichi Wada are occupying the opening keynote slots.
Since Nintendo is also not an exhibitor at the show, there will be no Nintendo related announcements or news at TGS 2006.
This piece of news will probably send shockwaves through the Nintendo community, since most people were expecting the Wii´s launch date and price to be announced at TGS. This is out of the question now.
So where will Nintendo make the announcement? Obviously, they need to wrap the announcement in a big event to maximize media coverage. There is no big gaming event other than TGS that would fit such a purpose (Germany´s Games Convention is the only possible contender, but Germany is only the third most important market for videogames). So, this proves to me that Nintendo is planning to stage their own show. Get ready for a SpaceWorld this year.
EDIT The good people over at GoNintendo have picked up on this story and my comments concerning a SpaceWorld. Go check it out.
Source: Japanese TGS site
Thanks to: SPOnG