Once again, Nintendo will be forgoing a press conference this year in favor of an online streaming Digital Event. It might sound like a worrying concession from the struggling Japanese company, but stage presence doesn’t make much of a difference when no one’s buying your home console. We need to see properties both new and old at this event to give us a reason to get excited about Nintendo again.

This is a make or break year for Nintendo – without a significant first-party lineup or signs of life from third parties, the underdog of the new generation might never recover. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is sure to impress, a new Star Fox or Zelda will delight the hardcore fans and the 3DS will keep accumulating a solid slate of games, but if Nintendo is ever going to compete with Sony and Microsoft again, the company needs more than a few decades-old mascots.

Watch the Digital Event right here along with us to see if Nintendo is finally going to turn things around.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.