We’re weeks out from the biggest gaming expo of the year, and with so little time left, companies are releasing the last details of what we can expect to see from them at E3 2012. Yesterday, Capcom revealed that they will not have any playable titles for any Nintendo systems this year. This means that the two official projects Capcom is working on for Nintendo, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney and Monster Hunter 4 – both 3DS titles expected to see release in Japan later this year – will not be playable on the show floor. Nintendo-owning Capcom fans shouldn’t give up hope, though: this doesn’t preclude the possibility of Capcom showing off material for Nintendo consoles through video presentations, but it does mean that you probably won’t be seeing any “hands on” footage out of E3.
The larger implication of this, of course, is that Capcom won’t have any playable Wii U titles on the E3 show floor. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if the system is to succeed, it needs big-named titles in the worst way. Again, ‘nothing playable’ does not translate to ‘nothing at all,’ but given that Nintendo is expecting to release their new console for the holiday season, you would think they would want as many playable titles as possible available at E3, since this is one of the best chances they’ll have to attract consumer attention, and build hype for their new system. Capcom alone not showing anything playable for the Wii U isn’t going to be a huge detriment (hopefully), but it’s definitely a blow for the system.