Nintendo returning to Gamescom

Nintendo returning to Gamescom
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

February 20th 2013 at 3:31PM

Console giant exhibiting at European trade show after 2012 absence

Nintendo is returning to the huge European consumer games trade show Gamescom this year after its absence from the show in 2012.

Gamescom, which takes place in Cologne from August 21st to 25th, will showcase games from hundreds of the biggest games companies in the sector.

Nintendo did not give a reason for its decision to skip the event last year, months before the launch of the Wii U worldwide, despite stating Gamescom was “one of the most important fairs for us”.

“The next chapter of Gamescom is being written and once again promises the best in entertainment,” said Gamescom project manager Tim Endres.

“Nintendo's return is an absolute highlight for our community, exhibitors and trade visitors from around the world. We are also in very promising talks with other key players in the industry with regard to Gamescom 2013."

BIU MD Maximilian Schenk added: “The participation of Nintendo clearly demonstrates that the industry remains wholly behind Gamescom. We are looking forward to a strong Gamescom in 2013.”

Companies set to attend the event from 22 countries include Bethesda Softworks, Bigpoint, Deep Silver/Koch Media, EA, Konami, NCsoft, Riot Games, Ubisoft, Warmgaing and Warner Bros.

It remains to be seen however whether Microsoft or Sega will be attending this year’s event, having also skipped attendance last year.