(Photo: Daryl Harding)
With Tokyo Game Show 2021 Online only a few weeks away, the actual contents of the online show – which is set to feature playable demos through the net and streams through all major streaming platforms – are still a little up in the air, but one thing is for certain, one of Japan's biggest companies, Nintendo, who makes the most popular console in Japan right now, won't be there.
2021年9月30日から開催される「TOKYO GAME SHOW 2021 ONLINE」におきまして、任天堂はブースおよびゲームタイトルの出展をいたしません。他社インディーゲームの出展協力のみ行います。同イベントへの参加をご検討されている方は、お間違えのないよう、よろしくお願いいたします。
— 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) September 3, 2021
Nintendo mentioned in the above tweet that they will not be exhibiting at the event, or showing off any game titles, only helping out some indie devs with showing off their games. While not explicitly stated, there are growing concerns that are mounting that the in-person aspects for influencers and press might not be going ahead as similar events in the same area are being asked to either slim down or postpone due to COVID-19.
Nintendo, the ever-cautious gaming company, likely doesn't want to send its employees to an exhibition center for a weekend while the vaccination rates remain low in the core demographic of press and influencers who might be there.
Tokyo Game Show 2021 Online is set to run from September 30 to October 3.
Source: Nintendo on Twitter
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.