E3 2014 | Nintendo President Satoru Iwata to Skip E3 for Health Reasons

Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, will not be able to make next weeks’ E3 conference due to physicians recommendation.

His doctors have ordered him to refrain from traveling overseas for the time being. In the mean time, to stave off the worry of fans, Nintendo‘s vice president of corporate affairs Cindy Gordan had this to say,

“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.”

Satoru Iwata has been in charge of Nintendo since 2002 and is the first president that was not related to the Yamauchi family. He has seen his share of ups and downs, with the Wii selling over 100 million units but the Wii U currently at just 6.25 million; resulting in his announcement of pay cuts for Nintendo executives.

In his first year as CEO of Nintendo America, Iwata has planned to not have a typical press conference at this years E3, but rather opt for a digital event called Nintendo Treehouse: Live. It will be a series of pre-taped livestreams on Tuesday, June 10; targeting specific demographics.

Whatever his health problems may be, get well Mr. Iwata!

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