60 Hours Remain

Top Five Nintendo E3 Presentations

It is Night of the First Day on the final three days of our countdown to E3 2011. 60 Hours Remain. From here we’ll be releasing a countdown feature every 12 hours (give or take a bit) instead of every 24, in the spirit of Majora’s Mask. We’ve already had a look at the highlights of all of Nintendo’s past E3 conferences, but today we add a subjective twist to it.

I present to you my top five favorite Nintendo E3 press conferences, along with the stand-out worst ever. What was your favorite E3 conference? Is it back in the ‘90s? Could it be last year? 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005? ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09? Stick with us to see where your favorite ranks.

The Worst – 2003

Not a Single F%$# was Given that Day

Many say that “Not a single F%$# was given” on the day of Nintendo’s E3 2003 press conference. Harsh or not, I’ll let you be the judge. Personally, I still enjoyed what was shown – but it seriously lacked in any major announcements. There was no new console, no new Zelda or Mario. So there was Four Sword’s Adventures, but it was a Game Boy Advance style game on the GameCube – not a full console adventure. It disappointed.

We also saw Mario Kart Double Dash – which was not well received. Call it the Adventure of Link of the Mario Kart series. There was also Pikmin 2 and Metroid: Zero Mission. Again, not bad – but not the conference headliners like they were made out to be. In the end, it’s E3, so they’re always good – but Nintendo in 2003 fell far short of what was expected of them. Mind you, 2008 wasn’t much better in my opinion – so this could almost be a tie.

Then of course all of the others that aren’t the worst or in the top five slot in here.

5- 2006 and 2007


2006 and 2007 are so close that I’m calling a tie. They were very similar all around really. In 2006 we saw the Wii revealed along with the DS Lite. There was Twilight Princess’s final showing and first revealings of big titles like Phantom Hourglass, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. 2006 also kicked off with Miyamoto’s Mii orchestra that later became Wii Music.

In 2007 we got “My Body is Ready” from Reggie. We saw lots of new Wii peripherals including the Balance Board, Wii Wheel and Zapper. Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii were revealed, and the four big titles from last year were all further demonstrated.

4- 2009


2009 didn’t give us the Zelda we were hoping for, but it did give us a lot of excitement. The DSi was revealed, as was Super Mario Galaxy 2 to the massive reaction you’d expect. New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Other M were also revealed.

The updated Wii Fit Plus was also revealed. On the DS side we got a closer look at Spirit Tracks, and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was announced. Maybe this E3 wasn’t as big as I like to make it out to be, but Galaxy 2 – come on. Then there was the leaked Zelda Wii art.

3- 2005


2005 was full of some big announcements and some great moments. There was Iwata opening the show by talking about kickin’ Reggie’s ass and later on Reggie dished out some ownage to Sony and Microsoft. The Wii was also revealed by Iwata in the classic swift motion to pull it out of inside his jacket.

The Game Boy Micro was revealed, along with Mario Kart DS, and after it’s big reveal in 2004, Twilight Princess was demonstrated and featured in much more detail.

2- 2010


Last year’s conference was without doubt, one of Nintendo’s best ever. After kicking off the show with the Zelda title we’d been waiting for for years – Skyward Sword – we got lots of other announcements such as Mario Sports Mix, Wii Party and Epic Mickey.

Then there were the big titles other than Zelda, such as the Goldeneye 007 remake, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns and the out of nowhere surprise – Kid Icarus: Uprising. The show was capped off by the reveal of the Nintendo 3DS and heaps of big third party titles in development for the new handheld.

1- 2004


And in at number one, is the legendary 2004. Reggie debuted with his famous line about kinkin’ ass and takin’ names, Twilight Princess was revealed in its realistic glory to a roaring audience, and Iwata also announced that a Revolution (the Wii) was coming – as well as saying tech specs don’t matter.

That was hardly it all though. There was the reveal of the Nintendo DS, the announcement of Super Mario 64 DS and the first look we got at The Minish Cap. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes also made its debut.

So many moments. So many great conferences. Did your favorite make the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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