The Tokyo Game Show is set to arrive at the end of the month. The four-day event will feature some of the biggest Japanese game developers, including Sega, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom, SNK, Level 5, Atlus, and more.
But it won't feature the biggest one of them all. Nintendo has decided to forgo the Tokyo Game Show this year and offered no explanation for its decision.
"Nintendo will not exhibit booths or game titles at the Tokyo Game Show 2021 Online to be held from September 30, 2021," the game maker wrote on Twitter earlier this morning. "We will only cooperate in exhibiting indie games from other companies."
Given that the Tokyo Game Show is set to be online only for its second year, it's possible that Nintendo saw little benefit in sharing the spotlight with its competitors and collaborators when it could just as easily host its own Nintendo Direct. We haven't had one of those in a while, and September is often a pretty good month to showcase things leading into the holiday season.
As usual, if Nintendo were to hold a Direct presentation this month, we'll only find out about it a day or two before the big show.
As for the Tokyo Game Show, no Nintendo means more room for everyone else to make big announcements, and that includes Xbox. For the second year, Xbox will headline the Tokyo Game Show with some sort of "exclusive news." Last year it was about Microsoft Flight Simulator and the Xbox Series X|S, but this year we have no idea what Xbox has up its sleeve.
While you can’t attend in person, this year’s Tokyo Game Show will be the first one where you can attend virtually using either an Oculus or HTC Vive VR headset. You’ll be able to wander around virtual booths, attend presentations, and view game demos all from the comfort of your own home.