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In an interview with IGN, a Nintendo spokesperson has confirmed that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will not be attending this year’s E3 conference in Los Angeles. This marks the second year in a row that Mr. Iwata has missed the flagship gaming conference.

In the statement, the company said:

“Nintendo’s focus for E3 this year will be showcasing the many games we have coming for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Mr. Miyamoto and other members of our development team will be in Los Angeles to explain these games and the unique experiences that each offers. Mr. Iwata’s focus in this period will be on other areas of our business that require his presence in Japan.”

The company did state, however, that Mr. Iwata would be in “constant contact” with the team in L.A. throughout the event.

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