There will be no big Nintendo banners hanging over PAX East this year

There is some potentially disappointing news for Nintendo fans heading to PAX East this 11th-13th April. A Nintendo spokesperson has reportedly confirmed with Polygon that the company will not have a showing at the Boston event:

Interacting directly with our fans and letting them play our games firsthand is a key component of our approach. 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. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more information about where we'll be and what you can play.

This will be the first year Nintendo has had no presence at PAX East since the expo's inception in 2010. In the past, the company has featured games such as The Wonderful 101 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf there, among others. There will still be StreetPasses up the wazoo, at least, and Nintendo-prominent indie developers including Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham will be present to welcome all comers:


With Nintendo's absence from PAX East combined with no recent sign of a Nintendo Direct, it's worth wondering just what the company is considering when it comes to reaching out to fans this year. Do you think they're planning on a big shakeup?

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