Iwata will miss E3 due to a minor illness


Satoru Iwata will not be attending E3 in Los Angeles this year due to health-related reasons. A Nintendo representative confirmed the news to Polygon this morning.

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,” said Nintendo’s Vice President of corporate affairs Cindy Gordon in an email.

Iwata’s illness appears to be just a minor setback as Gordon states the Nintendo President will still be doing his day-to-day duties with the company.

“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.”

Nintendo will be hosting a digital event at E3 2014 in lieu of a traditional press conference this year on Tuesday, June 10. No word whether or not the streaming digital event has been previously taped (with Iwata hosting) or that it will be live.

Whatever the case, get well soon, Iwata-san.

Harrison Milfeld is a writer, editor, and freelance journalist from Missouri. Ever since he could walk, Harrison has been an avid fan of the world of Nintendo. For years, he has purchased every one of the company's subsequent products (yes, including the Virtual Boy and eReader). It wasn't until he was a young teen when he bought a PS2 that he began to embrace cross-console relations, a decision he doesn't regret. When he's not gaming, Harrison is looking to break into the magazine journalism industry and realize his dream of becoming a features reporter.


  1. So in other words… no Zelda…

  2. 🙁 I hope Iwata-san feels better soon!

  3. Is Hotmail blocked by the way? I can’t
    comment when I use my Hotmail address,
    but it works when I use my other e-
    mailaddress. I was told you were
    going to look into it, but I have
    not heard anything from you since.

  4. Just a test. If this works it means
    that my Hotmail address is blocked
    for some unknown reason. 🙁

  5. Mattiac – We got your email, we are looking into the problem. I’ll ask Lewis or Daniel if it can be fixed.

  6. The Directs are always pre-streamed. Think how messy the Japan to American Treehouse transitions would be if they were live. Plus the music in the background with no ambiance gives that away too. It’s very very likely he already filmed his part.

  7. Iwata needs to leave Nintendo for good.

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