Nintendo Space World, formerly called Shoshinkai , was a video game trade show that was hosted by Nintendo from 1989 to 2001. It was typified by the company's unveiling of new consoles or handhelds. Unlike most other video game trade events, Nintendo World was not held annually or at any other set interval; Nintendo made a decision regarding whether to hold the show any time in the year. It always took place in Japan, either in Kyoto where Nintendo's headquarters are located, or at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba. After the most recent Space World show in 2001, the company instead began to favor online publishing as well as industry-wide conferences such as E3.