A Nintendo of Europe spokesperson told Games Wirtschaft that Nintendo will not be attending this year's Gamescom, stating that "after careful consideration, we have decided against participating in Cologne". (Thanks to VGC)
Instead, the company plans to focus on other events in Germany. "Events that have been firmly scheduled so far include roadshows with our Airstreamer [tour bus] and our [VW] Bulli, for example at locations such as the SWR Summer Festival and the Stuttgart Children and Youth Festival," the spokesperson said.
He added, "For Japan and video game fans, we have decided to participate in the Main Matsuri Japan Festival in Frankfurt as well as the DoKomi in Düsseldorf and the AnimagiC in Mannheim. Further tour stops and activities are being planned. We look forward to seeing our fans again at many regional events."
This year's Gamescom is set to take place from 24 - 28 August, kicked off with Gamescom Opening Night Live on 23 August. It will happen both online and on-site in Cologne.