Consider this a sort of warning: E3 2017 will bring surprises. Many of those will come via press conferences. To get you hyped up for the week of gaming madness, we’ve collected as many of history’s press conferences as we can. It’s a great look at not only what was presented, but how it was presented.
We’ve collected these before, but there have been a couple years since then, so consider this an HD remaster of those.
It’s Nintendo’s turn. The company didn’t always attend E3, but it did bring it’s top games when it did. Most of the time.
It’s difficult to find the 1995-1999 press conference videos, so we’ve pieced together some videos and clips of the show at the time.
1995: During their press event, the company announced the delay of the Ultra 64 into 2006, but revealed the plan for the Virtual Boy’s imminent release. Here’s an interview from the show all about the red & black device.
1996: Nintendo unveils the final hardware for the now-named Nintendo 64, along with gameplay demos.
1997: Nintendo showed us Goldeneye, Conker, and Ocarina of Time. We couldn’t find the press conference online, but here’s a sweet highlight reel of amazing VHS quality!
1998: More Ocarina of Time, and Pokemon Red & Blue
1999: Nintendo revealed that they were working on a successor to the N64, dubbed Project Dolphin, but focused on N64 and Gameboy until then.
2000: Resident Evil Zero and Banjo-Tooie were two of the bigger games, but Nintendo saved their real big announcements — the Gamecube and Gameboy Advance — for Spaceworld later that Summer. Here’s the Spaceworld video below.
2001: The launch date for the Gamecube and Gameboy Advance are revealed, along with Super Smash Bros Melee and Rogue Squadron II
2002: Nintendo showcases the Wavebird, Metroid Prime and Wind Waker
2003: PacMan Vs and Mario Kart Double Dash were two of the stars for an underwhelming Nintendo press event
2004: REGGIE ARRIVES. Also: The Nintendo DS and the first look at Twilight Princess
2005: The Nintendo Revolution was shown for the first time, later becoming the Wii
2006: The Wii is revealed in full, along with Wii Sports and Twilight Princess
2007: Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii
2008: The horrific Wii Music demo will haunt Nintendo forever
2009: Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii, and Metroid! A banner announcement year for Nintendo.
2010: The Nintendo 3DS and Skyward Sword
2011: The Wii U debuts
2012: More Wii U in its first official year
2013: Nintendo’s first digital Direct for E3
2014: Nintendo brings a great Digital Presentation, featuring Mario Maker and Zelda
2015: Nintendo’s event this year was a magical one. For another all-digital event they created puppets of Reggie, Miyamoto, and Iwata (in what would be his final appearance).
2016: This was Zelda’s year. We hope you like Zelda. Thankfully, we all liked Zelda.