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g1 Community's Top 10 E3 Announcements

6/9/12 11:30am
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UPDATE: Entry #7 has been fixed. The entry was misread as "Sega Saturn in Stores Right Now!", but is actually about Sony's announcement of the  PlayStaion's price.

Hey there g1s! Welcome to the return of the g1 Community Lists, this time it has found a new home as a monthly feature on g1 Features!

Of course at this point many of you have already watched this year's E3 conferences and read every bit of news to come out from the expo.

E3 has been the home to shocking unveiling, surprise reveals, big announcements and huge disappointments. Each and every year around this time, all of us gamers around the globe gather around our computer screens to watch this magnificent event.

In honor of E3, this g1 Community List is the g1 Community's Top 10 E3 Announcements! Not announcements from this year's E3, but from previous years. This time around the number of g1s involved are a bit disappointing, but it did not stop us from creating a very solid list for all of you to enjoy!

If you have ever read any of the previous g1 Community Lists, then you will notice that the look of the blog is a bit different from usual. The difference lies in the quote section of each entry. This time there are two columns, on the left you have the specific g1's profile pic, their name and how many points they have given that entry and on the right side is their quote. Sounds simple enough.

How was this list created? g1s submitted to me their personal Top 10 E3 announcements, I scored each entry on every list points depending on where it was placed, then compiled it into one definitive list.

Without further ado, here is the g1 Community's Top 10 E3 announcements! First the Honorable Mentions!

  

Honorable Mentions

 

Luigi's Mansion 2

 

E3 2011

 

TheEnglishman

 

"As a big fan of the original game, I was always desperate for a sequel to Luigi's Mansion. Given it's weaker reputation though, I never expected another entry in the series. It was a shock to see Luigi popping up in last year's E3 conference, but a very enjoyable one."

 

GTA IV on XBOX 360 and Exclusive DLC

 

E3 2006

Fulchrum

 

"Like the above, this was an act of Microsoft swooping in and taking a game from the Playstation. Unlike the above, the game in question actually managed to remain good. Yes, before Microsoft got their hands on Final Fantasy XIII (which ended up more like picking up a turd with your bare hands), Peter Moore swaggered out to perform his amateur striptease to inform everyone that GTA IV would in fact be coming to the 360 day and date with the Ps3. Not only that, All of the games DLC would be exclusive to the 360. Yeah, how'd that pan out Peter?

"In all honesty, this was a megaton announcement, one that added a punch to the balls to Sony fans that heavy doses of Giant Enemy Crabs and Ridge Racer meant they really didn't need."

 

"Project Natal" Reveal

 

E3 2009

TheEnglishman

 

"I may not own a Kinect but I still found myself pretty interested in what the machine could do after seeing its demonstration in 2009. It was exciting to see the potential of Kinect and what was possible through motion controls. The Milo and Kate demo, while a little creepy, was still an interesting insight into how the technology could move forward."

2200

 

"At that time we all knew that both Microsoft and Sony would unveil their motion controls to go up against Nintendo's Wii and the huge success they were haveing appealing to the casual crowd.

"Microsoft's answer to this? The Kinect, or the then known as "Project Natal". Instead of practaclly ripping off the Wiimote (*cough*Sony*cough*), they did something new, innovative and hands free. "Project Natal" immediately cought the attention of the gaming press, media press and gamers alike during Microsoft's conference at E3 2009. The demos that were presented, showed the world a glimpse of the future and what a "hands free" controller could do and how "you become the controller" was going to change the industry. Though the Milo tech demo was really creepy. Milo is going to take over the world someday!"

 

Final Fantasy XIII on the XBOX 360 Announcements

 

E3 2008

Fulchrum

 

"In keeping with my theme of things-that-really-turned-out-to-be-a-massive-disappointment, Final Fantasy XIII. Yes, nowadays the game is synonymous with unlikable characters, rigid linear level design and gameplay you could literally sleepwalk through, but once upon a time, Final Fantasy was king, and one of the crown jewels of the PS3. Well, what greater blow could Microsoft deal than to take that exclusive and make it multi-platform? This announcement was ball-shatteringly huge then and there. But only then and there, really."

2200

 

"Ever since Final Fantasy VII, the series has mainly stayed on Sony consoles. Sure, you got the every now and then spin-off title for other consoles, but the numerical sequels were strictly Playstation....untill E3 2008.

At the end of what was an already great confrenence, Microsoft had one more surprise up it's sleeve and that was Final Fantasy XIII.

"Besides Final Fantasy XI  (The MMO FF game) no Final Fantasy had been released on a Microsoft home console anywhere in the world. So seeing FF XIII on the 360 was a shocker, but a good one! This dealt a lot of damage to PlayStation fans, since one of their most anticipated exclusives was not an exclusive any longer."

 

 The "New XBOX Experience"

 

E3 2008

 

TheEnglishman

 

"Back in the summer of 2008 I'd only just bought an Xbox 360 and was still getting used to its interface. That's why I was a little surprised at the announcement of how the system would be changing. It was exciting to see how the update would streamline things and make the 360 look a little more snazzy. The integration of films and other features helped to show the machine as more of a media centre than just for games. The introduction of avatars may have brought complaints that Microsoft were just stealing Mii's, but ultimately this announcement showed how the 360 would become a sustainable platform."

 

Nintendo DS Reveal 

 

E3 2004

 

TheEnglishman

 

"While it wasn't announced at E3 2004, the DS was showcased in great depth at the expo. I still have memories of reading the Official Nintendo Magazine (ah the old pre-Internet coverage days!) and checking out tons of previews, including one for the fore-runner of Sonic Rush. The DS was a great system that provided hours of entertainment, and I still remember how my favourable first impressions were formed."

 

 

 

 

TOP 10

 

 10. Sony and Valve's Partnership

 

E3 2010

Points: 7

Fulchrum

Points: 6
 

"Every video of this event I've seen, there's this one guy you can hear who says, quite clearly, "OH MY GOD!" I think that sums it up nicely. Yes, before 2010, Valve, and Gabe Newell had been very critical of the PS3. Well, sometime between saying they should scrap the machine and E3 2010, Gabe started whistling a different tune. His appearance there was enough, but not only bringing Portal 2 to the PS3, but promising it would be the best console version, that it would enjoy co-op with the PC, AND that everyone buying the game would receive a free Steam copy of the game? Can anything top that?

"Yep, four things."

2200

Points: 1
 

"Remember when Gabe Newell criticised the Playstation 3? Stateting such things as "a waste of everybody's time" and "a disaster on many levels ... I'd say, even at this late date, they should just cancel it and do a do over."Well that sure changed when Gabe himself in person took the stage at Sony's E3 conference to announce Steam cross play with PSN and Portal 2, which by the way  is the best console version of that game. The Partnership with Valve is a huge win for Sony."

 

 

9. Golden Sun DS

 

E3 2009

Points: 9

TheEnglishman

Points: 9
 

"I highly doubt this'll end up in the final list, but this was a huge shock to me. I'd been a massive fan of the Golden Sun series since I first saw an ad for it on TV in 2001, but with The Lost Age released in 2003 I never expected anything else to come from Camelot. So when Reggie Fils-Aime casually announced that a DS title was being made and showed the first trailer for it in the middle of Nintendo's conference, I was stunned. Joyfully stunned. I was a member of a forum for the series and the response was pretty amazing."

 

 

8. Wii U Reveal

 

E3 2011

Points: 9

TheEnglishman

Points: 2
 

"While I'm still not 100% convinced over the Wii U, there's always a certain buzz that comes with a new console release. Nintendo made sure that the Wii U showed off old staples like Mario and Zelda, but also underscored the 3rd party support that the system would be receiving, which hasn't always been their strongest factor. Time will tell if the Wii U is actually any good, but the reveal was certainly interesting enough."

2200

Points: 7
 

"The Wii was getting really out-dated and a HD console was becoming the demand from fans to Nintendo. The reveal of the Wii U was a huge relief for me as a Nintendo fan. A lot of people were confused, but I wasn't, instead I was pumped and still am. It's everything a Nintendo fan would ever want, the only concern is that they had finally caught up to their competetors, but are just going to be left behind again whenever both MS and Sony announce their Next-Gen console. Is this going to stop the Wii U from being successfull? I say No!

"The tablet controler, strong 3rd party support, high definition gaming and a rumored proper online service. All of this was announced right off the bat. This was only scratching the surface of it, there was still so much more that we still had to learn about it."

 

 

7. Sony Announces the PlayStation's Price

 

E3 1995

Points: 10 

Fulchrum

Points: 10
 

"The four words heard round the world.

"Sega pulled out a megaton telling people the Saturn was out in stores, there and then, during E3 1995. But they're not on this list, and Sony is. And this right here, is why.

"This announcement wasn't just huge. This announcement pretty much singlehandedly killed the Saturn. This announcement didn't need things like guest stars, prerendered trailers, live demos, or verbs. In one sentence, Sony had undercut their competitor with a superior product for $100 cheaper. It was the beginning of the concept of an E3 megaton, and there is no way it can not be the best E3 announcement of all time."

 

 

6. The Last Gaurdian Unveiling

 

E3 2009

Points: 13

Kailoli

Points: 9
 

"Despite this not being an over-the-top reveal and only being glanced at in the conference itself – this was such a moment to behold for me. At this time, I was just getting back into the gaming world and this was the first E3 in which I went out of my way to follow everything. Team Ico itself is so dear to me, being the only game series in which I have become so emotionally attached to for some unknown reason. The unique yet breathtaking artstyle mixed with unique gameplay and sweeping scores has crawled its way deep into my heart like no other series has. And I never imagined another Ico title would be made at the time. When I saw this trailer, I have to admit, I got misty-eyed, covered in goose-bumps and lost the ability to think. This was the moment that reminded me why I loved gaming so much – seeing this masterpiece of a series coming back in such a way. I have yet to get a PS3, but when this game comes out, I will have found a reason to get one."

2200

Points: 4
 

"I don't own a Playstation 3, or any of the Team Ico games, have not even touched one yet. However after seeing this trailer during.......before Sony's conference left a huge impression on me. I got excitied for this game and gave me more of a reason to go out and purchase a PS3.

"The visuals, detail and the complete mystry surrounding the young hero and the Griffin (It's a Griffin right?). Since then there has been no word about it, besides the news about the development team.

"Back then everyone got excited, Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony fans alike.....I think, and they still are!."

 

 

5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl First Trailer

 

E3 2006

Points: 14

Fulchrum

Points: 5

 

"Speaking of punches in the balls to Sony fans in E3 2006, this one was somewhat lighter, and yet still really, really stung. Like being slapped in the face by someone whose hand was soaked in lemon juice, and you've cut yourself shaving.

"Yes, back when Brawl was still a blip on the horizon, and people were throwing around crazy ideas of who was in (to the point of including webcomic characters), people had no idea who would be in it. Well, this video confirmed a few of the wacky, but reasonable, Then it said fuck reason.

"Solid Snake sat pretty snugly on the crazy end of the scale for ideas. Crazy as it may have been, that didn't stop it from happening. E3 2006 was Snake's big debut for Brawl. From then on, it was like the rules of logic for who would be in had been thrown out completely, and it made absolutely sure that no-one would forget about the game until it came out."

2200

Points: 9
 

"I am a HUGE Smash Bros. fan! Watching this trailer back in 2006, made me explode into confetti. I was amazed. It was glorious. All of it. The biggest thing to come out of that trailer was the inclussion of a third party character, Snake! This got me excited and I anticipated this game for the next however long it took Brawl to get out on store shelves."

 

 

4. Playstation Vita Reveal

 

E3 2011

Points: 15

Fulchrum

Points: 9
 

"Yeah yeah, I'm sure you're writing me off for putting this higher. Well, fuck that. The Vita show off did everything Nintendo's had done the year before - amazing third party support, games that look great - but had one additional thing that the 3DS did not - a price. Namely, a very, very agreeable price - $249, the same price as the 3DS. Yes, a handheld with close to the power of the PS3 had a price neck in neck with its much less powerful competitor."

2200

Points: 6
 

"Not much of a surprise considering the fact that images and info on the  handheld was leaked onto the internet for us every day people to see well before E3. However that did not stop me from being excited to hear and see more of Sony's next contribution to the handheld market, codenamed "The NGP", or the "Next Generation Portable".

"Sony revealed "The NGP's" final and permenent name, the Playstation "Vita". A handheld almost at the hardware level of the PS3? The back touch screen? Big name titles such as Uncharted! And a price tag of $249.99 for the WiFi only model....WAIT! Did they just say $250? $250?! Two Hundrend and Fifity US Dollars! Whoa! Same price as the 3DS and is almost as powerful as the PS3! The announcment was perfect! *AT&T* Err..I mean...Almost perfect. "

 

 

3. Metroid Other M

 

E3 2009

Points: 20

2200

Points: 5
 

"Although Other M may be much ridiculed now, I can still remember the crazy hype that came as a result of it (shortly before it's release, I placed the game top of a list of 'Exclusives I wish I could play'). There was intrigue over exactly how the game would play and what Team Ninja could bring to the series. Obviously it isn't looked on so favourably now, but it was a big deal in 2009."

Fulchrum

Points: 2
 

"In keeping with the vein of things that looked good but turned out not, we have Other M. Even though Other M is a far, far worse game than Killzone 2 ever was, I have to rank this higher because technically, Other M wasn't a lie. It only alluded to things that caused people to jump to conclusions. The promise of Team Ninja meeting a (once) great series like Metroid was amazing, and a bright spot in Nintendos 2009 E3. And while the game itself may have been a systematic raping of the franchise on par with the Star Wars prequels and Highlander: The Source, the announcement caught everyone off guard and made gamers salivate."

Mr. West

Points: 8
 

"This game looked so awesome when it was first announced. Reggie called it a "new, edgier game," and I'd be hard pressed to disagree based on the trailer. Sure, when it came out, it was less then what we had imagined, but that doesn't take away from the initial excitement that I had for this game."

2200

Points: 5
 

"I have a difficult time remembering what happened during Nintendo's E3 2009 conference.  New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 , and I guess this is where they first mentioned the "Vitality Sensor". The one thing that sticks out in my mind is Metroid Other M

"Nnintendo's big reveal of that year's E3 and man, was it ever big. New Metroid, full motion video looked awesome, Samus has a voice, and Team Ninja. That's right, the Team Ninja, reponsible for the Ninja Gaiden series and their fighting franshice, Dead or Alive. This was definitly unexpected, Team Ninja and Nintendo working together on an awesome and epic looking next instalment to the Metroid franchise.

"Of course we all know Other M is not what we expected and is either loved or hated. It's one of the most debated games ever! I should  know, I've heard it multiple times during g1 After Dark.

"However back then, that trailer captivated pur minds and got every last one of us excitied."

 

 

2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

 

E3 2004

Points: 37

That reaction!

TheEnglishman

Points: 8
 

"Another thing I read in the Official Nintendo Magazine that year was the reveal of the early version of Twilight Princess. Wind Waker had been a blast but seeing  Zelda return to such a high graphical standard was a huge shock. The early previews made the game look amazing and I was desperate to get my hands on it. The tease first glimpse definitely brought me wanting more."

Mr. West

Points: 9
 

"I didn't see this when it first happened, but I would be a fool not to mention it. Grown men were in freaking TEARS when TP was first announced. And, Miyamoto with a sword and a shield is a welcome sight any day of the week."

Kailoli

Points: 10
 

"For some of you younglings, you may not know how big of a moment this was. It had been a couple years since the Wind Waker was released and there were rumours of a new Zelda title. Wind Waker, though heavily praised by some, had a heavy backlash with the artstyle of the game as before Wind Waker had come out, a teaser for a more realistic Zelda was being tossed around. Zelda fans were screaming for a more realistic, more edgy and more badass Zelda – almost to a deafening degree.

"Now fast forward to E3 2004 and Nintendo was wrapping up their conference. It was alright, nothing fantastic and they end with a “hey look, a new game for the Nintendo Gamecube...”

"There it was, a realistic, edgy and incomprehensibly badass Link in a darker Hyrule. Fans were screaming with triumph, we had finally gotten what we were begging for. And as our bodies were taken over with goose-bumps, ecstasy and adrenaline, and as the trailer finished – Shigeru Miyamoto took to the stage with a Master Sword and Hylian Shield in hand. It is a moment that I will never forget and definitely my most favourite E3, let alone video game news moment, of all time."

2200

Points: 10
 

"This right here folks is my #1 E3 announcement! People wanted a more realistic and mature Zelda titile,  well they were going to get one.

"After the release of Wind Waker, Zelda fans were divided in half, some loved it's cell shaded graphics combined with expressive animation, however some did not. After seeing the Space World 2000  tech demo video of Link and Ganondorf fighting one-on-one, people's imaginations started to go wild on what kind of Zelda game could be produced on the GameCube's hardware. Wind Waker was not that title.

"Wind Waker was suffering from slugish sales, the Zelda team reassembled and started working on a more realistic Zelda title, one that would leave Zelda fans in awe. And did it ever! See the video above and hear that reaction, everyone was going ballistic over that trailer, anticipation greatly rose and Nintendo fans were going to get the realistic Zelda they always wanted.

"Just from meerly seeing this was a surprise and then the reaction that followed, everyone kept talking about Twilight Princess untill it was finally released at the end of 2006. This was one announcment to remember by the history books and will go down in E3 history!"

 

 

 

 

 

Number 1 is...

 

 

 

 

 

1. Nintendo 3DS Unveiling

 

E3 2011

Points: 44

 

TheEnglishman

Points: 10
 

 "As I said previously, new console announcements will always pull a big crowd, and the reveal of the 3DS certainly did that. Nintendo showed off the potential of 3D technology brilliantly, not just by blowing their own trumpet, but by getting a number of figures in the industry to talk about how much potential there would be for the new technology. It helped that said developers also spent time talking about how their series's (Metal Gear, Resident Evil, even Assassin's Creed was mentioned though never materialised) could perform on the system. Also, I love the cheesy video that went with it."

 

Fulchrum

Points: 8
 

 No Comment

 

Mr. West

Points: 10
 

 "The Podium rising up from the ground. Reggie getting burnt by Bowser. Iwata showing off what the system could do. The 3DS part of Nintendo's conference was filled with many great individual moments. When you take all of those and combine it into one entry, it deserves no other spot than the top. It's the perfect example of what an E3 announcement can be."

 

Kailoli

Points: 8
 

 "2010 was the year of Nintendo and E3 proved this. Forsaking the casual crowd, Nintendo outsmarted their competition and touched on many nostalgic games to win the crowd over. With Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Metroid: Other M, Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kid Icarus: Uprising – it was the year of the hardcore rebirth. But it didn’t stop there. Nearing the end of their presentation, they brought up their newest handheld – the Nintendo 3DS, a 3D handheld...that DID NOT need glasses. For myself, this was a mind-blowing concept! I couldn’t even comprehend what was happening. How could you project a 3D image without an eyewear device. They then went onto a humorous trailer for the 3DS hinting at games to come (Mario Kart, Zelda, Mario, Star Fox, Donkey Kong) for the system and ended off the conference with letting all those present to try out the system. I was mind-blown, eager to learn more and exhausted. This conference gave me everything I could ever wish from Nintendo, and though they did not deliver on all of the games with the highest quality later down the road – at that moment, Nintendo had come back triumphant. "

 

2200

Points: 8
 

 "The Nintendo 3DS was confirmed before E3, so everyone was anticipating the reveal of it during Nintendo's conference. Glasses-free 3D? This was something we had to see up close to believe. And yes, people became believers, the first 3D handheld, on top of the fact that it was also glasses-free 3D! No more clunky glasses needed!

"The 3DS's graphical capabilities seemed as strong as gen 6 consoles, or probably even stronger. It definitly was comparable to theWii, some games on the 3DS looked better than that of most Wii games. This was due to the fact that to make-up for the lowered resolution of the 3DS's top screen, they added built in shaders, something that the Wii was unfortunatley lacking.

"Right of the bat they displayed fantastic 3rd party support, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Street Fighter, etc... To say the least, people were excited."

 

 

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This concludes our g1 Community's Top 10 E3 Announcemnts!

I would like to thank  g1s TheEnglishman, Fulchrum, Mr. West and Kailoli for being apart of this month's Community List!

Want to be apart for the next List? Then keep a look out for the announcement blog I'm going to post soon, very soon!

» Featured g1s: 2200, TheEnglishman, Fulchrum, Mr. West, Kailoli

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