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Feature: Our Favourite E3 Memories - Part Two

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Remembering the revolution

So E3 is just four sleeps away, when the madness begins and big announcements will bombard us from all angles. We’ve been getting nostalgic about E3 conferences from the past, and last week — in Our Favourite E3 Memories – Part One — a few members of the team reminisced about some of the older events, when Satoru Iwata was the ‘daddy’ and DS was blowing minds. This week we look back at some more memories with Mike Mason, Corbie Dilliard and Thomas Whitehead.

Mike Mason

E3 2006's spectacular Wii blow-out is a personal favourite moment of mine. Shigeru Miyamoto, dressed to the nines in a fancy tux, strode onto the stage to guide a virtual Wii Music orchestra through a rendition of The Legend of Zelda theme – and then the show really began. Miyamoto danced along, Wii Remote in hand, as Excite Truck and Red Steel were revealed to an energetic soundtrack.

From there Nintendo, via Reggie Fils-Aime, launched immediately into a no-nonsense presentation that extolled the benefits of its new system and showed off a barrage of first and third party titles that would support it. Wii Sports. Super Mario Galaxy. Metroid Prime 3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. WarioWare Smooth Moves. Sonic and the Secret Rings (then known as Sonic Wild Fire). Elebits. Rayman 4 (which evolved into Rayman Raving Rabbids). An early version of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers.

Not all of these titles turned out brilliantly, but as a whole it was a tremendous demonstration of Wii's strength and a dedication to the new console that didn't fail to excite and compensated for the previous months of silence, which had been filled mainly by rampant speculation and hype. It's a scenario that we find ourselves in once more with Wii U; now Nintendo need to get the climax just as right now as it did at E3 2006.

I'm also partial to the moment that Twilight Princess was revealed in 2004. Accompanied by a cacophony of joyful whoops and hollers, those few minutes saw any Nintendo fans in the press at their most enthusiastic. It was a game that everybody had been waiting for; some had convinced themselves it would never happen after the stylisation of Wind Waker. Its effect was magnificent, a shock reveal that was met with rapturous applause, cheers and expletives. The moment of the crowd's realisation at what they were seeing still gives me chills — it's a reaction that I still don't believe has been matched at E3, as the footage below shows.

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Corbie Dillard

There have been so many great E3 memories to choose from, but my favourite would have to be my first Nintendo press conference in person. It was almost surreal to walk into that Nokia Theatre and see all the Nintendo screens and signs and actually realize that this time I wasn't just seeing it on the internet or TV. It took it a while to really sink in.

I can still remember seeing all of those girls walking out into the audience where I was sitting and giving us our first experience of the 3DS system. Of course getting interviewed first up on Nintendo's E3 network video didn't hurt either. All of it was just an unforgettable experience and one I'll always treasure.

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Thomas Whitehead

My outstanding E3 memory is also the most recent; the opening to E3 2011. In the past Nintendo opened the show in a variety of ways both impressive and simple, but 2011 was Zelda year, and Nintendo went above and beyond for its 25th Anniversary.

The Zelda montage that played on the big screen, for one thing, was wonderful to see. It was skilfully cut to match the music and, in my opinion, typified what the series is all about: themes such as courage, loyalty and friendship. It’s also about epic adventure and defeating the odds, and the montage of old-school 2D alongside 3D titles worked perfectly.

I said the music was a perfect match and for some it was surely a complete audio-visual performance, but from my perspective it was all about the orchestra. I adore orchestral music, probably because I almost studied music at university instead of English literature, and still have my French Horn despite the fact I don’t play it anymore. An orchestra with a powerful score produces a sound that, to me, is hard to surpass: the Zelda performance even had a choir to boost the sound further. It says it all that although The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was in my view a 10/10 release, it was the orchestral piece over the credits that was most memorable to me. As for the soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the accompanying CD, pure bliss.

The opening at E3 2011 was a top-class, distinguished homage to the Zelda series; Nintendo will have a tough job producing a better start to the show this year.

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So there you have it, more of our favourite E3 memories. If you still have some to share we’d love to read about them in the comments below.

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6ch6ris6 said:

zelda tp reveal is the definition of gaming nerds gone wild

best E3 moment EVER !!



Wheels2050 said:

Honestly, the reaction to the Zelda reveal is way over the top. It's like Apple conferences - people go absolutely nuts.

I don't understand.



Corbs said:

Flying out to LA on Monday at noon. It's so close I can almost taste it!



MeloMan said:

Those moments were quite memorable... I've never seen such an applause. Those folks were clearly glad Link at the time was returning to realism after being shocked by Wind Waker previously. And good ol' Corbs... I remember watching that footage on the Nintendo Channel saying, "Hey that's Corbie from NL!". Good times



Obvious78 said:

Dang that Zelda reveal has an EPIC reaction. Mickeysoft and Fony even yscreamed lol



realar said:

The reveal of the Wii and 3DS were incredible moments. Loved those conferences.



aaronsullivan said:

E3 is like the super bowl and my favorite team is ALWAYS in the game.

@ Wheels2050
Well, I hope someday you find something to be passionate about in your life. Not so you can "understand" but just because a life without passion is sad.



TheDreamingHawk said:

2011. When they said "Oh by the way, Zelda link's awakening is now on the eshop." showed Luigi's mansion, the Wii U, and put eshop trailers up! That was the best E3 to me. The worst E3 moment to me was when miyamoto played wii music at 2008.



Henmii said:

So far I have only watched 3 E3's live (so I missed out on the very bad one from 2008 luckily). My fondest memories probably are the reveal of Metroid other M (so epic). And then there was the awesome DKC returns trailer (though the music already gave it away. Besides it was already rumored that Retro would do a DKC).

And the fantastic Twilight princess trailer, though I didn't see that one live. Sadly the end-product wasn't nearly as epic as that trailer was!!



Expa0 said:

Oh boy. I remember those times, I was a complete nintendo nut back then. I was so excited about the Wii and kept on blabbing about it even to my friends, who had absolutely zero interest in Nintendo, they must've been pretty annoyed back then. Ironic though that Wii ended up being one of the reasons I'm boycotting most nintendo games nowadays, the 3DS region-lock is the main reason tho.



NintyMan said:

It wasn't shown during the conference, but in E3 2006 when the Super Smash Bros. Brawl teaser trailer was released I felt so amazed. The return of Pit, Wario finally getting to be in a Smash Bros. (in his WarioWare biker suit too!), and Snake making his unexpected appearance in a Nintendo game all really stood out.



Emaan said:

The opening Zelda orchestra will always be something I remember, Nintendo's so magical



koolkris200 said:

I think there will be a New Nintendo 3ds a 3ds with 2 circle pads. A voice chat systems more puzzle pieces via spot pass a video chat. a 3dsware flashlight. a screw driver in the system for easy access and digital copies of games on the eshop on June 5, 2012 after the conference hope that happens. Can't wait to see E3 on June 5,2012



Wheels2050 said:

@aaronsullivan: thanks for assuming I live a life unfulfilled. I never knew that's what was wrong with me!

Seriously, I'm passionate about many things. I just never got the whole yelling and screaming about stuff thing - I mainly just find it annoying.



CrispyGoomba said:

Holy crap, those people went ape when they saw Link. RAAAAAAAAAAWWWWRR!! continues on for 1 minute



NImH said:




NImH said:

That drum exhibition was pretty dang nerdy... and that's coming from a serious dork.



Wheels2050 said:

@nimH37: Oh wow, in addition to living an unfulfilled life I'm repressed also! Screw paying a shrink, I can just come to Nintendolife comments for help!



NImH said:

I'm sorry.
And I type that with all seriousness and sincerity... You can see it in my avatar's right eye.



NImH said:

C'mon Wheels... you know it's true.
Say it.
Scream it.
Love it.



TimboBaggins said:

I find it interesting that all your favorite E3 memories are from the post Reggie era. I for one hate that guy, and I've been following E3 way longer than that. What about older reveals, like when the DS came out for the first time, or when project dolphin was announced, or when the Wii was still just an unknown revolution? God I feel old, but all these E3's are from after I graduated high school, so they somehow don't seem as magical as when I saw the Dreamcast revealed and had to wait an agonizing year for it once I realized it wasn't coming out until NEXT christmas. The Wii U is the most excited I have been for a system since then, ironic the controller also has a screen (albeit with infinitely more functions).



Yellowgerbil said:

E3 this year is going to be a high, I can just feel it!




JustAnotherUser said:

@Tengoku I love Twilight Princess. I still don't understand why some people find the game to be disappointing. I will probably get internet shunned for saying this but I think Twilight Princess was better than ocarina of time.

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