Nintendo Confirmed to Make an Official Return to Gamescom This Year

Gamescom organizers confirmed that Nintendo will be exhibiting at the 2023 event, marking the company's return after a four-year absence.

In only four months, Gamescom will officially take place. In anticipation of the event, its organizers, Koelnmesse and The German Games Industry Association, have started unveiling information about the participating companies.

Most recently, they made a significant announcement in this regard – on April 26, the organizers confirmed that after a four-year absence, Nintendo will be returning as an exhibitor at the 2023 event.

"We are excited to announce that Nintendo will be exhibiting at #gamescom2023! Many more exhibitors will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!" the statement on the official Gamescom Twitter account reads.

The nature of Nintendo's involvement in the event remains uncertain at present, given that their major upcoming titles, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4, are expected to be launched before Gamescom in August.

Nintendo had been missing from Gamescom since 2019 and later, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show was forced to go digital-only for the following two years.

In 2022, the physical show floor welcomed back over 250,000 visitors who were able to see new game trailers, cosplays, and various other attractions. However, Nintendo, along with Sony and several other notable developers and publishers, once again opted not to participate in the event.

Nintendo is the first major publisher that has been confirmed to attend the show. Additionally, Opening Night Live, the kick-off show hosted and produced by Geoff Keighley, is also slated to return.

Gamescom 2023 is scheduled from August 22 to August 27. As per their mid-March update, this year's event has witnessed a 10% increase in the number of registered companies compared to the same time last year.

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