I think we’re making a mistake to judge content or presentation the same way we look at the other’s presentation.
What I mean is that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all have different ways of using an event like E3. If Microsoft would have made a presentation like Nintendo, that would have been a disaster, because they mainly rely on E3 to showcase what they have in store, like a unique event to impress.
In the case of Sony, the pacing was weird and even if dates or release windows weren’t properly announced, it dosen’t matter because they rely on more than one event to do so. I don’t know if they will be present in Paris like last year, but they use the personal event in December to present or announce games and use the E3 to showcase them or the other way around. The only moments it can be problematic are when the same game is shown to many times because it’s been unveiled to early, for exemple, if they had spent an other 10 minutes on Days Gone during their presentation that would have been redundant.
With Nintendo, E3 is not as relevant as it was before. Knowing that they can use their Direct to unveil or showcase previously announced game at any moment in the course of a year, I don’t mind that some games that I was expecting are not there because they can drop it at anytime. Each Direct can be a smal E3 like event, the big difference is that at E3 you have to fight for visibility, while it’s not always the case in august or january. With that in mind, their stategy of focusing on one big game,like in the past two years, is for me,the right one. There’s a bigger chance that Smash Bros will be the game the most talked about at E3 and on social media.
It might disappointing, but since they don’t rely on one event like Microsoft, I won’t judge them the same way.