Gamescom has confirmed that Nintendo will be present at this year's event in Cologne, which is set to run from 23rd-27th August.
The announcement was published via the official @gamescom Twitter, with the promise that more exhibitor reveals will be coming our way over the next few weeks — though Nintendo isn't a bad billing to start with!
Nintendo did not attend the event in 2022, so here's hoping that the company will bring out the big guns this year.
As for what those 'big guns' will actually be, we can't know for sure yet. Taking place at the end of August, both of Nintendo's headline releases for the year so far (Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4) will be out of the way, leaving room for something — or just demos of these two games, of course.
It's worth bearing in mind that the event precedes Nintendo's usual September Direct, for where we would assume the Big-N would save any large releases. But who knows? Perhaps a Summer Direct will come our way and give us plenty of new titles to have on display. Only time will tell...
Will you be attending this year's Gamescom? What do you hope Nintendo will have to show? Let us know in the comments.
So is Gamescom similar to Games Expos? Mostly just demos/ presentations for games that have already come out? Or is it more for newer announcements and unreleased games?
The clock is ticking to make a big Mario game announcement to ride the Mario Movie hypewave. September seems a bit late for that. Maybe we'll get a summer Mario announcement and they will mention it at gamescom as well (fingers crossed).
We can assume nothing, remember that year where they had a direct right before E3 and then had basically nothing to annouce during their E3 Direct.
@FishyS September is when people are expecting Mario movie will be avalible for purchase
@StarPoint depends on the company. Xbox treats gamescon like E3 with announcements and demos, Nintendo usually uses it to push games they annouced at E3 but since it's not happening this year (after everyone pulled out) we don't know what Nintendo will do
@StarPoint More about already announced but not yet released games so like in 2019, you could play stuff like the Link's Awakening remake and Luigi's Mansion 3. Nintendo being there despite only DLC being currently announced for 2023 after Gamescom really gives the impression we'll get a big June general Direct.
Switch 2 news and specs
@Member_the_game I think they will try to get one more Xmas season out of the switch. Switch 2 news March 2024 with a late summer release.
You're probably right, I'm just impatient 🤣
I feel like this is another indication that we will get some kind of big news from Nintendo this summer. Be it a E3-Style direct or something else. We have absolutely no idea what Nintendo has planned for the second half of 2023 outside of DLC.
And I think the usual September direct is a bit late to announce AAA games that will launch in October or November.
This is not like them, usually Nintendo avoid appearing in public convention nowadays. I believe I smell a new console launch approaching soon.
looks like Nintendo will have to start announcing NEW games soon
@abe_hikura "@FishyS September is when people are expecting Mario movie will be avalible for purchase"
June release date was already leaked
It’s so surreal that this will be the first big gaming con Nintendo is going to without people hyping up Zelda news since it’s out in like two weeks
@Serpenterror how do you think this means a new console launch over new games releasing in the second half of the year?
Nintendo doesn't need a long lead time to release Switch 2. They could even shadow drop the new console!!! It's real people, Switch 2 incoming on the biggest and fastest F'ING HYPE TRAIN you will ever witness in your life!! OMFG I CAN NO LONGER WAIT!!!!!!!
I'm pretty jazzed. Did a ton of effort to get a visa and travel arrangements and I'm finally going to Gamescom. Hoping I can eventually get opening night live tickets too.
Hopefully they tease a Switch 2. Can't wait to hear about the 5 year old software they'll be using.
Ouch that’s a bit of a kick in the ghoulies for E3!
Nintendo joining Gamescom is not actually that surprising. They've usually most of these events, though usually to promote pre-existing titles or host Indie World Showcases.
Niceee, I’m personally hoping the Nintendo Switch 2/XL/Pro/WhateverTheHellTheyEndUpNamingIt gets announced, since it could boost performance on the recent Switch games and even the upcoming ones!! (Bayonetta 3, Tears of the Kingdom, etc)
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