Nintendo announces E3 conference timing

But decides not to go to Games Convention.

Nintendo has revealed that its annual E3 press conference will take place in the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday, 15th July at 9am PST, which is 4pm BST unless we're being stupid.

However, Nintendo Germany issued a press release earlier today (cheers Kotaku) adding that the company will not be at Games Convention in Leipzig a month later.

Nintendo's E3 press conferences are always good fun once the videos of grandmothers and dogs playing Wii Sports are finished and Reggie's put the graphs away. Last year saw the unveiling of the Wii Zapper, Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii, and release dates for Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy.

Past triumphs also include the one where Shigeru Miyamoto stormed the stage with a sword and shield to celebrate The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. With most of the first wave of big Nintendo releases - Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros, etc - now on the market or thereabouts, it will be interesting to see what Nintendo does.

Naturally, Eurogamer will be in attendance on 15th July, and we'll be bringing you the usual LiveText coverage.

We will also be at Leipzig's Games Convention, even if Nintendo won't. The company said it didn't have a problem with the GC event, but it just wasn't a good fit this year. Apparently they'd rather cart the Wii around school fetes and things like that. "Following the E3 Media & Business Summit 2008, Nintendo will start a nationwide roadshow to also inform its media and retail partners as early as possible about the newest games," Nintendo Germany's Dr. Bernd Fakesch helpfully elaborated.

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