Nintendo had a really strange E3 this year. Depending on how you look at it, the show for them was either a decisive success or a middling failure. The double-edged problem? The company really only focused on games coming out over the next six to nine months.

Speaking during a recent investor briefing, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto defended their lineup, citing the fact that Nintendo’s booth was full of playable games. This all comes from Twitter users @NStyles and @Cheesemeister3k, the first reporting on the briefing while the second handled translation.

“Sony and Microsoft had many announcements of future titles that were not playable. VR lined the floor as a dream exhibit. There were lots of video demos of those titles…”

Miyamoto’s right. I went to each of the major booths over the span of the show, and Nintendo absolutely had more playable fare on hand than the other companies.

“This is what Nintendo’s booth looked like. It was different from other companies; everyone was smiling, having fun with games…”

At the same time, it was painfully obvious that this was a year of holding back for Nintendo. They’ll be unveiling the NX next year, they have Zelda for the Wii U that could have very easily been an eyes-on demo. Which, come to think of it, I haven’t had an eyes-on demo with Nintendo in a very, very long time.

Sony and Microsoft? They’re totally willing to put 30 people in a small room and have them watch someone else play a game. Nintendo? It’s all hands-on, all the time. That might not be as exciting for folks at home, but it does demonstrate a certain confidence in working products.

So, what do you think? Was this a bad year for Nintendo? Or, was it simply a year packed with playable content that didn’t shine as brightly next to the eyes-on stuff their competitor’s had?