Nintendo has confirmed that it will be attending Gamescom 2023 later this year, marking its return to the event after a four-year absence. The news comes after the event's organizer, The German Games Industry Association hinted at a "major company" returning to the show.
With Nintendo being the first major publisher to confirm its attendance, anticipation is already building for the event.
The last time Nintendo attended Gamescom was in 2019, when it showcased games launching later that year and offered a large number of booths for consumer attendees to try out some of the games. With its return to Gamescom 2023, some fans are speculating that Nintendo might announce a new console during the event.
Opening Night Live, the kick-off show hosted and produced by Geoff Keighley, has also been confirmed to return to Gamescom this year. The Game Awards producer's regular pre-show presentation for the German Gamescom expo took place in Cologne last year as an in-person event for the first time since 2019.
Gamescom 2023 is scheduled to run from August 22 to August 27. According to The German Games Industry Association, as of mid-March, this year's event has seen a ten percent increase in registered companies compared to the same time last year.
With Nintendo's attendance confirmed and the prospect of more exhibitors joining in the coming weeks, Gamescom 2023 promises to be an exciting event for gaming enthusiasts worldwide.
Between this and the news breaking of Nintendo looking to hire someone to work on a next-gen console, it certainly feels like the marketing for a new console or a Switch Pro from Nintendo is just around the corner.
...But maybe that's just me. ~Smash