Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will skip E3 this year on the recommendation of his physician, a Nintendo rep has told Polygon.
"He's been instructed by his physician not to travel overseas in the immediate future, and so he will not be making the trip to Los Angeles," Nintendo vice president of corporate affairs Cindy Gordon explained in an email. "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."
Nintendo's primary E3 showing will be its pre-recorded Digital Event, set for Tuesday at 5pm BST. This will be supported by a number of other live streams.
Nintendo Digital Event
A new kind of video program that will reveal and provide further detail about the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond.
Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3
Nintendo will offer fans a deeper look at Nintendo's biggest games of E3, with information directly from the source. The Treehouse, the Product Development department at Nintendo of America, will provide in-depth game demos live and unscripted from Nintendo's booth. This new program will be live streamed during all hours of the E3 show.