As we head into another weekend we're just days away from E3, the gaming and technology bonanza in LA. Nintendo's opting for a different approach this year, focusing live streams on demonstrating games without the accompanying Digital Event (and separate live event). It's a scaled back effort on paper, but will nevertheless keep us tuned in for a lot of hours as we see upcoming games like The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Pokémon Sun and Moon.
The shift in approach does mean that this year may not have as many memorable moments, as there will likely be less pre-recorded segments or executive-level jokes as in years gone by. Hopefully we'll be proven wrong on that, but in any case we thought we'd start our warm-up for E3 with some of our favourite memories from past years. Quite a number of the team have pitched in, so let's get to it.
I'm going to go over a couple of memories as briefly as possible, and I'm picking some smaller moments (the one you're expecting is further down the page, multiple times!). I'm thinking back to 2014, when the first 'Nintendo Digital Event' opened with a dramatic dust-up between Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime (to promote Super Smash Bros. and amiibo) in which CG effects had them punching very quickly and pulling off some athletic moves. It was delightfully silly, and a great way to kick off the video and get fans excited from the off.
Another funny memory that springs to mind is actually from our office get-together in the UK. We always have two core teams during E3 - those on the ground in LA and those of us at 'HQ'. Going back to 2013, before Nintendo's 'E3 Direct', we were chatting over our hopes for the presentation. The conversation turned to Retro Studios, and we all said Metroid IV, of course. Then a team member (who should probably remain anonymous) piped up and joked that, knowing Nintendo and what it would give Retro to do, it would be another Donkey Kong game but with a playable Dixie Kong. Surely not, we thought. It had to be HD Metroid. Surely?
Then Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was announced with Dixie as the headline feature. We just looked at each other, shrugged and laughed. (I think Tropical Freeze is a fantastic game, though...)
The year was 2009. An eager-eyed, 12-year-old boy and many of his peers were at last released from the dampening, fluorescent-lit halls of school to attend the glorious annual festival that is summer vacation. The boy had recently bought himself a Wii after months of diligently doing chores around the house to scrape together enough money, marking his first Nintendo console since the GBA. He knew from vicarious experiences through friends that there was much to catch up on, and he'd taken to reading issues of Nintendo Power at his library to stay up to speed on what was happening in the world of Nintendo. Through his studies, the boy caught wind of a conference that happened around this time; a conference where new games for his shiny, new console would be revealed for the first time. Without a doubt, the boy made sure to tune in to see what there was to look forward to.
Obviously, that boy was me, and my most memorable E3 was in 2009. Not only was it the first E3 that I ever watched, but in hindsight it was one that had quite a number of megaton announcements. To open it up, Nintendo revealed that it would be doing a sequel to the smash hit New Super Mario Bros. with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and that this one would support four players simultaneously. Following this there was the announcement of Wii Fit Plus, Wii MotionPlus, and Wii Sports Resort.
The DS wasn't left out of the fun either, and we were shown Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. But the two announcements that really kicked the show up to the next level were that of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M. One was the sequel to one of the most well-received games for the Wii, and the other was the product of an unprecedented collaboration with an action-oriented third party studio.
I have to say that I'm kind of bummed Nintendo doesn't seem to be gearing up for many new announcements at this year's E3, as each conference since 2009 has always managed to recapture at least part of that initial magic. That being said, it'll be interesting to see what form this new Zelda is taking, and I still hold onto hope, however misguided, that Nintendo's got a lot more planned for this E3 than it's letting on.
Whenever you mention Nintendo and E3 in the same breath, I'd wager that it's near impossible not to conjure up the image of one of the company's greatest reveals to date. Back in 2004, at a notably smaller event with even fewer lucky attendees, Nintendo's program was just about to draw to a close when Reggie gleefully teased yet another reveal. One final trailer was shown, pulling the crowd's attention back to the screen while lush forests gave way to a dark horizon. As a lone hero rides out to face the oncoming horde, you can actually hear the crowd slowly realise what they're seeing, and collectively ignite with excitement in a surge of loud cheers. On-screen was the first ever footage of Twilight Princess, and the reveal was crafted with such pitch-perfect precision that it whipped the room up into a frenzy that could only be capped off by the timely arrival of Shigeru Miyamoto himself.
This was off the back of Wind Waker, which infamously met with quite a mixed reception upon release. A large portion of Zelda fans were left craving something comparatively mature, something darker and grittier. All of these buzzwords and more were pooled into that one trailer, resulting in one of the most memorable finales to any Nintendo event and a crowd so hyped up that it's still contagious to this day. Now that we're on the cusp of another E3, and another Zelda title yet to be fully revealed, it's fair to say that things have changed. Nintendo's focus has shifted from these staged events with live audiences and towards snappier digital presentations to get its message across. These trim the fat, so to speak, and offer a concise burst of information without many of the theatrics we normally associate with E3 itself. It's been hit or miss so far - Nintendo most recently having absolutely nailed it in 2014 but dropped the ball one year later in 2015 - and so this time around I honestly have no idea what to expect.
I recommend you re-watch that initial Twilight Princess reveal trailer in the lead up to this year's event, simply to feed off the excitement it generated one more time. While it won't be live on stage, I'll still hold my breath as soon as the show begins on June 14th. What we've seen so far hints at something larger, not grittier. Grander, not darker. With social media sites like YouTube and Twitter, everyone can have a voice, and we can share in the surprise, joy, confusion, disappointment, or whatever else we end up feeling next week. It's almost as if we're all in the one room, waiting to be whipped up into a frenzy yet again.
I think one of the greatest E3 moments from Nintendo was when Reggie confidently walked out on stage in 2004 and pulled out an early prototype of the Nintendo DS from his coat pocket.
Having only been recently appointed as the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Nintendo in 2003, Reggie's appearance at the 2004 E3 Expo marked the beginning of a new era for Nintendo.
His famous line, "My name is Reggie. I'm about kickin' ass, I'm about takin' names, and we're about makin' games." revamped Nintendo's public image then and there.
He declared Nintendo's new portable device at the time would not only transform Nintendo as a company, but change the future of the video game industry for the better - citing the futuristic touch screen interface and online wireless capabilities as game changers, not to mention 3D visuals on the go.
Upon reflection, the DS opened up a whole world of interactive possibilities never-before associated with home or portable video game experiences. This specific E3 moment from Nintendo truly did transform the company for the better and has provided it with a clear vision moving forward in regards to the game experiences it aims to offer consumers.
For many, the exciting season that E3 entails was almost non-existent before the popularity and rise of the internet. Once the internet reached the masses and gaming news and video transitioned to the online ecosystem from paper, E3 really became the juggernaut of news and announcements in the gaming calendar. It was at this moment when E3 became a part of my gaming life and solidified itself as one of my favourite times of year.
With that being said, my stand out E3 moment from Nintendo must be the E3 2006 convention, which can be summed up by one small word: Wii. The GameCube was and is one of my favourite gaming consoles of all time, and word of a successor made the wait even less bearable. Then the press conference happened, and the gaming industry was changed forever in a few hours.
On stage, the Wii demoed fantastically, especially to those outside the gaming bubble. The idea of playing golf in the living room, or bowling with nothing but a remote and TV was astounding to everyone who laid eyes on the thing. But not only did the Big N please the casual fans, but topped it off with announcements of Twilight Princess getting Wii support, and new titles like Metroid Prime 3: Corruption & Excite Truck (a criminally underrated game in my opinion) launching alongside the console. Oh, and the Wii would launch less than 6 months later in November 2006.
Not only did the Wii shake up the gaming world and flipped on its head was conventional gaming could be, Nintendo dropped another bomb with the redesigned DS Lite, a design that became the definitive DS model and would propel the system to the top of the charts. In addition, a new Super Smash Bros. game was coming, which in any other year, would be the show highlight.
Nintendo's E3 2006 changed the gaming industry ten-fold. A new console redefining the way people experienced games and massive game announcements alongside an ecstatic fan base of both new and hardcore fans foaming at the mouth for this new console. Nintendo has yet to match this level of the excitement at E3 in recent years, and with the NX en-route, they could very well learn from their past on how to sell a console to the masses.
Nintendo has had a handful of epic E3 announcements, but my favourites of all time are tied to the Zelda franchise. Of course, one moment in particular stands tall above the rest - Miyamoto's Twilight Princess reveal.
Sure, at the time I didn't know it would be inferior in nearly every way to its predecessor, but that's a discussion for another time. In 2004, fans like me were unsure of where the series would go after Wind Waker's left turn, and seeing a realistic Link in a realistic setting felt like home. E3 that year was pretty much all about Twilight Princess. The roof blew off the Kodak Theatre, and even Miyamoto being a bit goofy with his Master Sword and Hylian Shield wasn't enough to silence the cheers. In those short moments, Nintendo won the whole show.
Honestly, Nintendo's best announcements ever happened at SpaceWorld, the long-abandoned Nintendo-centric show that took place on its home turf, but it has done some good stuff at E3 too, like revealing the Wii (then codenamed Revolution) hardware and showing off Mario Galaxy for the first time. Nintendo has always saved its best stuff for times when it has its audience's undivided attention.
Everyone remembers their first time, right? The anxiety. The anticipation. That funny feeling down below…
Well I remember my first E3, and not only because it was only one year ago, but because Nintendo, along with the majestic powers of the Jim Henson Company, gave me the most hype-inducing intro I could ever dream of:
Puppet Iwata puts his 3DS into sleep-mode and swaggers out of his office, before walking in on Puppet Reggie pumping out Nintendo 64 push-ups (whenever I count reps now, I count in Nintendos).
Then out pops Puppet Miyamoto from his warp pipe, and the treasured trio strut down the corridor into a studio. Miyamoto checks his lines… then their tantalising transformation begins. The music rises. Iwata sprouts Peppy ears; Reggie coughs up Falco feathers - I could feel something building up inside of me… and then we were into the Star Fox footage, as I rode the crest of the most almighty OMGIneedthisgamenow climax I could ever hope for. Unforgettable, and now my enduring memory of the late, great Iwata-san.
My most memorable E3 moments stem from the great year of 2014! Not only was this the E3 in which amiibo was announced, but we saw the first gameplay of the stellar Splatoon. Nintendo venturing into the online multiplayer market? Fantastic! You mean you can be both a squid and a kid? Even Better! Splatoon is a landmark game for the Wii U, and I certainly hope we see a sequel on the upcoming NX platform.
Those are some of our favourite moments - share yours in the comments!
I miss Mister Iwata... and that feeling is getting stronger as e3 comes closer. RIP good sir, RIP indeed.
I share Andrew Karklins view on "Excite Truck" btw.
Sigh. Hope they can get back in the game.
Okay, these features are starting to sound like a Eulogy-
Remembers that Iwata-san died
E3 2004 was legendary. The reactions to the reveal of what would become Twilight Princess was insane. Showing off the first DS prototype was also a seminal moment for the company.
Nothing can top the Twilight Princess video and the live audience reaction. I miss those days when Nintendo did live presentations.
Like when Megaman was revealed to be in Smash Bros. and I distinctly remember a video made of how people reacted at home. Let me find it. That was a missed opportunity and has nowhere near the same impact.
Moments like that need to be in front of a live audience.
I would've join in on this, but...really couldn't think of anything. My memory sucks...Really I just miss the old conferences and seeing some of the big games being announced. Watching the trailers with the audience in the background made it seem even more epic.
So Mitchy is 19? Enjoy the youth while it lasts mate!
I kind of doubt we're gonna get any big moment at all this year, which is a shame. I have to say, looking at that Twilight Princess trailer and reaction, I don't understand why Nintendo is insistent on not doing a press conference any more. It just generates much more excitement, hype and anticipation, which nintendo desperately needs right now...
E3 2014 has a special place for me, seeing as I owned both a Wii U and a 3DS at that point, compared to only a 3DS in 2013 and being more of a PC MMO gamer in previous years with easier access to E3.
It was just bang bang bang game news. Here's a skit, here's a Smash Bros Skit, here's Sakurai with news. Here's Reggie, then a Yoshi's Woolly World bit. Then Captain Toad. Then a puppet skit and the first glimpse at Zelda U. Bayonetta 2 with 1 included. Pokemon AS/OR, Hyrule Warriors, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Splatoon, Palutena for Smash, glimpse at a new Star Fox.
Give me some wow moments that makes me love your company over any other gaming company again🙏
I miss when Nintendo used to surprise me with big games. Nothing like that really happened with the entire Wii U generation, honestly. I mean, we all knew another Mario Kart and Smash Bros. were coming. Super Mario 3D World, while a great game, definitely underwhelmed me. And we still haven't technically seen the new Zelda in action, either.
To be fair, there were some games that were nice surprises. Splatoon was a cool reveal, and some of the lesser known titles such as Yoshi's Wooly World, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze really pumped me up. I feel like I need to wait until the NX reveal later this year to truly be impressed again.
The first Nintendo reveal that stands out for me was the Gamecube reveal (Nintendo's using mini-discs? WHAT?), and I don't think that was even at an E3. 128 Marios, the Zelda bit, and the awesome-looking controller. Yeah, I remember being way more excited about that than my friends were (It has a handle? That's weird.).
E3 2006 is probably my favourite Nintendo one. Mario Galaxy from the very first moment looked like the sequel to Mario 64 we'd been waiting 10 years for, and Wii Sports was another that you just couldn't wait to play. The Metroid Prime 3 announcement was pretty great for me as I loved the first two, and even Red Steel looked like it was going to be something different. There was also of course the reveal of the DS Lite which was gorgeous compared to that awful looking launch model.
Coincidentally, 06 was also my favourite year from MS, where they were really going all out to prove they meant business. Gears of War, Forza 2, Mass Effect, Viva Piñata, Crackdown, Fable 2, Alan Wake and finishing with Halo 3. Not sure we'll ever see an E3 with so many top quality games announced like that again since people love spreading the announcements out now.
Of course my favourite Sony one, and favourite overall one was 2015. It was just like take all the ludicrous people put on E3 wish lists that they don't believe will actually happen... and then actually make them happen.
E3 2004 is by fat my favorite. The first time reggie made his appearance with his legendary quote, the announcement of both the ds and metroid prime 2. And at the end the amazing trailer and reactionaire to Twilight Princess. I still get goosebumps from that
When they opened up with what looked like but actually was robot chicken, when they did their (2nd?) digital event, obviously a feeling of "What the?" came through my head. Though when they trolled mother 3 fans and joked about overabundance of Mario games, it instantly became my favorite e3. Of course the icing on the cake was when adorable little me shot out of that cannon that, I Captain Toad just got a game of his own! Honorable mentions goes to the 3ds and the 3ds booth babes, Kid Icarus, and Smash bros brawl reveal trailer (dat reveal trailer). And the Muppets intro.
I think my best E3 moment was the whole of Iwata's talk when he first revealed the Revolution console at E3 2005:
The promise of something like the Virtual Console (a way to virtually play every single game from every Nintendo console ever on a single device), especially back at that time, really was truly revolutionary. Sadly, we've STILL not quite got the exact Virtual Console I was hoping for.
But, just because it's E3 time, I think this has to be posted to remind just how exciting Nintendo can be when it's actually on form (at least in terms of showing a trailer that can get the fans hyped to the max):
If the new Zelda can pull off a reaction like that I'll have a smile on my face.
E3 2004 is my favorite because of the mic drop/fan reaction, E3 2014 is my second.
I can't wait for E3! This will be my first E3! (To watch) not to go to, I have never been to E3 either.
@wiggleronacid Yeah, I know what you mean about "expecting" certain games, and not being quite as excited because of that. That's why those other titles like Splatoon, Capt Toad, etc tend to have a bigger impact on me.
And as much of a great game as it is... I remember being SOO ANGRY about the Tropical Freeze reveal!!! (Only because it divulged that another Retro Metroid was now out of the question). But it was definitely a short-term reaction, and I've come to understand the reasons now.
Favorite E3 for me, was the 2001 Planet Gamecube reveal with the "realistic Zelda demo". I was SOOOO HYPED for Gamecube!!! All I could think about was getting my hands on Luigi's Mansion, SSB, & Wave Race!!
Robot Chicken, hands down.
E3 04 for the TP reveal is by far the only right answer if you saw it live. I remember watching on G4/Tech TV at the time and just going nuts. Otherwise I thought 06 was good because of all the Wii games (which I think included Brawl and Xenoblade, at the time called Monado). I can't really remember any other E3 for good reasons. A lot of those Wii years were pretty rough.
I'm not sure anything will quite match that first Twilight Princess reveal, and Miyamoto's appearance on stage with the sword and shield immediately after. That was a legendary moment (no pun intended).
If I had to pick a close second, I'd have to go with the reveal of Mega Man's inclusion in Smash Bros. That was a dream-come-true moment for me.
Robot Chicken was my favorite E3.
Which E3 was the one that had Wii Music?
After watching the Twilight Princess E3 reveal video I can't help but feel sad at how far Nintendo has dropped from the public eye in recent years. We need the Nintendo at THAT E3 to return and start delighting and surprising us all and make no mistake, I am not saying that their games of recent years have been bad but it seems like the only ones getting excited about Nintendo's games are us, the core fanbase and that has to change in order for them to properly compete with Microsoft and Sony. Hopefully the NX reveal later this year will do just that!
The 2014 E3 was wonderful, SO many great games. It seems sad that Nintendo has lost its way... 😭
Since E3 2015 was the first E3 I ever watched live, I do not have many memorable moments for E3 like watching live trailers and such. But I have been watching past E3 and reveals and by far the best moment of any E3 ever is probably the fight between Iwata and Reggie during Nintendo's E3 2014 conference/event. That was epic beyond words.... so epic was it that I was actually sad when they stopped fighting to sit down and demonstrate Smash's amiibo functionality. It was just amazing.
I'd have to go with E3 2014. Not only was it a fantastic digital event but it was my first E3 as a Nintendo Life user of which those live chats setup really make the experience even better. Even when the chat devolved into Shrek talk, it was still somewhat fun.
Legend of Miyamoto: redux!
I wanna see Miyamoto ride into e3 on a horse this year! Wait, no digital event......
Even though 2014 was a blowout E3 (most people voting even said they felt Nintendo had the best showing)...
My pick is 2013, and here's why. I had just gotten back into gaming with the 3DS. Ya, I'd bought a GC and played F-Zero GX and Metroid Prime but that was it- nothing for 5 years after. Then ya I bought a Wii and played Zelda Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime 3 (and Wii Sports) but that was it for another 5 years.
It wasn't until 2011 I picked up a 3DS, and casually gamed until I heard of the Wii U launch. I recall finally finding one in January, and playing NSMBU and NintendoLand, which was a huge change to be playing in high def. I'd owned a PS3 but never played it, so this was my first real HD gaming experience (and meant so much more to me being Nintendo). The following E3 was the first one I'd watched since I was a child. And WOW! All my childhood faves announced!
Couldn't believe my eyes that morning at work. I pull out my phone and watch the event- Donkey Kong Country in HD! Mario Kart in HD! Smash Bros with Mega Man in HD! Super Mario 3D World! Bayonetta 2! Pikmin 3! Wonderful 101!
It was just BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM! I'll never forget it. A tear rolled down my cheek watching those reveals. Like my entire childhood being welled up to the surface in 30 minutes.
Best E3 moment is that guy playing the drums with the wii remote and nunchuck
This Chris Bingham guy sounds like a total weirdo.
no mention of the wii music year?
@Danksparce He's a total jerk too
I'm pretty young so the best Nintendo E3 for me was just that one january direct where they showed off the first footage of Xenoblade Chronicles X and some other neat looking Wii U games.
My most recent happy memory was the Direct that revealed Majora's Mask 3D. It felt so great after all the years of asking for it and to finally have it revealed was wonderful.
The original Wind Waker reveal was pretty memorable too.
I still love watching footage from E3 1995, seeing SNES games like DKC2 alongside teases of Ultra 64 and Virtual Boy. It's an amazing atmosphere I wish I had been a part of, even if I was 7 at the time.
Also the first reveal of Star Fox Zero last year had me in tears so that would be up there as well.
I can't believe how young most of these writers are and how few e3's they have experienced.
I grew up with Nintendo consoles, but I didn't become a true "fanboy" until a few years ago.
I did talk about Space World 2000 a bit briefly with this excluded exert (I misformatted it when submitting).
"The Best announcement we ever saw at E3 was Zelda U. The amount of hype behind the initial footage rivaled the Space World 2000 Zelda tech demo, with it's stunning graphics, announcement of open world gameplay, and just the sheer thought of having a brand new Zelda game in HD."
Whilst I like the presentation of the digital events, Nintendo's best moments are still in the past for me. I agree with Liam's summary of Reggie coming out with that immortal line.
But it might have to be E3 2001 for me. I received my favourite moment on VHS with the first issue of NGC magazine. It was when Shigsy came out to the stage and introduced the GameCube by saying: "Let me introduce you to our new baby... Like all babies it's small... but it will make a lot of noise."
In the conference they showed Smash Bros Melee. - check it out: https://youtu.be/thn-KLhZbeo?t=2m45s
@Danksparce I knew that name sounded familiar. Dang it!
E3 always reminds me of why I love Nintendo.
It's nice to remember those days from long ago when Nintendo used to inspire its fans.
Strangely enough, despite always being huge about video games, I'd never really heard of e3 properly till I used this site. I guess I never searched video games at the right time on Google haha. But yeah 2014 was incredible and was also my first live e3!!
E3 2006 was marvelous. They went in with such confidence and with everything they had. The Wii had incredible promise and the games - particularly Super Mario Galaxy - looked amazing.
At the opposite end of the spectrum E3 2008 is always good for some laughs.
For me this year has been a real bummer from 2015 E3 to 2016's I've listed the year but in no particular order....
From E3 to E3 a very Nintendo year.
1) Sadly Iwata passes over
2) Star fox is delayed after poor feedback at e3
3) Star fox is released and hated by many
4) Nintendo gives up on Wii u
5) Mario maker is well received, Nintendo deletes players uploaded courses turning the devotees against them.
6) Black water maiden is released but due to poor motion controls the game is unplayable
7) Nintendo Christmas drive is just mario tennis (also poorly received)
8) Chibi robot is given a last chance release and falls to deliver
9) Nintendo shows off federation force to mixed reviews
10) Nintendo lunches metroid Hunters online with no online
11) Nintendo gives up its shares in USA baseball team
12) Capcom chooses not to release resident evil on Nintendo
13) Nintendo pins it's hopes on yokai watch being a huge success in the west.....it isn't.
14) Nintendo first mobile game is miitomo 3million download it 2million delete it
15) Nintendo discontinues the Nintendo club and 6months later replaces it with My Nintendo, a club where unless you buy EShop games you cant obtain the rewards.
16) My Nintendo introduces a 6month points deletion system where the points you collect delete just before you manage to spend them.
17) Treehouse presenter is sacked, sparking a backlash.
18) Nintendo delays NX
19) Nintendo pulls NX from E3
20) Nintendo reshuffles team and puts reggie at the bottom
21) Nintendo announce they will have no direct at E3
22) Nintendo announce they will only have one playable game at E3
23) Nintendo delays zelda U
24) Nintendo UK head resigns amidst the struggles
25) Animal crossing Amiibo festival scores ridiculously poorly and is reduced to half price from launch.
26) Nintendo badge arcade is released....and achieves major criticism over the cost to play.
The first E3 I ever watched live was E3 2013. I remember it like it was yesterday. The E3 Direct was coming to a close. After being blown away by Bayonetta 2's gameplay and the reveal of Project X from Monolith Soft (which would go onto be my GOTY of last year - Xenoblade Chronicles X), I thought: what can they show next? The answer was Smash 4.
As someone who was aware of Brawl but had never played a Smash game in their life, Smash 4 looked really interesting and exciting but I needed something more to safely say "I'm getting this day one". Then it happens.
After the 2014 release date, the phrase "New challenger approaching!" flashes on the screen. Some of Nintendo's most famous mascots look up towards this cliff where a figure is standing in a pose on top. And as the camera focuses on this figure, I think the pose is familiar. Then as soon as I hear a sound effect, I start jumping up and down as I scream "MEGA MAN'S IN SMASH! I'M GETTING THIS GAME!". That was the first time in my life I had felt sheer hype over a video game announcement and it was so memorable.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE The number 2 reaction on that list was pretty much how I reacted but with less screaming, haha.
My favorite is E3 2004, no doubt. Reggie unveiling the DS for the first time, game demos of SM64DS, MP: Hunters. Not to mention the Twilight Princess reveal, one of the most hype moments of all time.
E3 2005 had the Revolution reveal with Iwata. Unfortunately, the control wasn't shown that day, but details were given about the Virtual Console and the compatibility with GC games (first Nintendo home console to have retro compatibility!). Also an announcement of a Metroid Prime and Smash Bros. for the new console and a new TP trailer
E3 2006 was also great, with the Wiimote being demoed with TP, good presence from both Nintendo and third parties. There was also Mario Galaxy and a Brawl trailer with Snake.
E3 2010 had the 3DS reveal, with TONS of games being shown. OOT 3D, MGS3D, KH3D, Paper Mario (that later turnout out to be SS), Layton and The Miracle's Mask, etc.
The Wii had DKCR, Skyward Sword (with an on stage controller malfunction), Kirby Epic Yarn, SMG2. Overall, lots of quantity and quality that year.
In recent years, E3 2014 was incredible. Bayonetta announcements, Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, Amiibo, a lot of Smash info, such as the GC controller adaptor, the Zelda U reveal with Aonuma (wow, it's been two years already!).
The worst E3 for Nintendo was 2008. The Wii Music presentation was extremely cringy and the most interesting game they had besides that was Animal Crossing: City Folk. E3 2003 comes close with the big title being Pac Man Vs.
I don't know if it was an e3 reveal or if e3 even existed in the late 90s, but the original ocarina of time demo must have come out in '96 or '97 and seeing legend of zelda in 3d for the first time AND link riding a horse blew my mind. I HAD to have that game. That was the last hurrah of my gaming childhood before games had to take a back seat to 'real life' and stuff.
I have heard in a podcast that while the Twilight Princess reveal is looked at fondly, that E3 wasn't all that great overall. I don't know if this is true, though, because I haven't seen it myself.
Wow. That's great! I have to say that I will never understand the meltdown that happened after the Direct presentation in 2013. I thought what was shown was great.
Ya know, after glancing over your post history i've come to the conclusion that you are just one of those people that chooses to see the negative in everything.
Not to say what you're posting here isn't true, but it is taken out of context because it's not acknowledging any of the good.
You are free to go through this life as miserably as you so desire. That's your choice.
As for myself, I choose to enjoy Nintendo gaming despite your long laundry list of negatives. Just as I choose to enjoy Sony/MS gaming despite a long laundry list of negatives.
-Sony announces Vita, then abandons all their customers
-Sony teases Crash, only to spark outrage with a Skylanders reveal
-Sony delays showing Neo at e3
-MS announces mandatory online, outrage everywhere
-MS announces BC then only focuses on CoD and indies
-MS sells Kinect only to completely abandon it
You can make these kinds of lists for any platform out there. If the negative is all you choose to focus on then that's all you're going to see.
Meanwhile, normal people are just playing games and having fun.
My name is Reggie. I'm about eatin' ass. I'm about takin' memes.
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