Last year Mr. Iwata decided to forgo attending E3 for health reasons. This year, according to a statement to IGN, Mr. Iwata will stay behind, again, to focus on other business matters.

“Nintendo’s focus for E3 this year will be showcasing the many games we have coming for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Mr. Miyamoto and other members of our development team will be in Los Angeles to explain these games and the unique experiences that each offers. Mr. Iwata’s focus in this period will be on other areas of our business that require his presence in Japan.”

What do you think about Mr. Iwata staying behind this year?