The pre-E3 press conferences by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are often when the biggest gaming news of the year gets delivered, but one of the three console manufacturers is ducking out this time around. Nintendo has announced that, instead of a large-scale presentation in Los Angeles, it will hold smaller private events for media and distributors, and its E3 presence will be limited to showing off software.

Recently the company has made major announcements via its Nintendo Direct online broadcasts; last week, for example, brought news of a new Legend of Zelda title for the 3DS. With the Wii U failing to meet sales expectations, however, the decision to forgo the year's biggest opportunity to make a mainstream news splash comes as a surprise.