Nintendo president Satoru Iwata won’t attend E3 2014 for health reasons

Satoru Iwata will be skipping his first E3 in years due to health concerns.

The exact reason for the 54-year-old president’s absence was not given, only that he was “instructed by his physician not to travel overseas in the immediate future.”

“Please understand that it is business as usual for Mr. Iwata,” Nintendo vice president of corporate affairs Cindy Gordon added, “and he continues his normal duties as president of Nintendo Co., Ltd. while he remains in Japan. As always he will be actively involved in all of Nintendo’s activities at the show.”

The show, of course, being Nintendo’s exclusive digital event that the company is holding in lieu of a traditional E3 conference—traditional for the industry that is, seeing as how Nintendo did the same last year.

Get well, Iwata.