3GEM’S WEEK OF E3 – Day 4: A Brief History of E3

We here at 3GEM always like to use our Time Warp Thursday to take a look back at major events or releases that had a big impact on the entertainment industry. Well in all of entertainment there really isn’t an event where so many announcements are made in such a short time than at E3. So in anticipation of the big event we here at 3GEM have catalogued the major announcements of every E3 for your perusal. Enjoy.

1995

  • Virtual Boy
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Panzer Dragoon
  • Ridge Racer
  • SEGA Saturn released
  • PlayStation

1996

  • Nintendo 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • Resident Evil
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Starcraft
  • Final Fantasy VII

1997

  • Haf-Life
  • Quake
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Fallout
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Goldeneye 007
  • Star Fox 64
Still waiting on that remake.

Still waiting on that remake.

1998

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Duke Nukem Forever

1999

  • SEGA Dreamcast
  • System Shock 2
  • PlayStation 2 Tech Demo
  • Nintendo Dolphin

2000

  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Xbox Tech Demo
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Unreal Engine 2
Best game ever.

Best game ever.

2001

  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Microsoft Xbox
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Pikmin
  • Project Gotham Racing

2002

  • Xbox Live
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Metroid Prime
  • TimeSplitters 2

2003

  • Half-Life 2
  • Halo 2
So much fun had here.

So much fun had here.

2004

  • Nintendo DS
  • PSP
  • F.E.A.R.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

2005

  • PlayStation 3
  • Nintendo Revolution
  • Xbox 360
  • Game Boy Micro
  • Alan Wake

2006

  • Wii
  • Wii Sports
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Halo 3
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Final Fantasy XIII
One of the most anticipated games of all time.

One of the most anticipated games of all time.

2007

  • Fallout 3
  • BioShock
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Wii Fit
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Silent Hill 5

2008

  • Gears of War 2
  • Fable II
  • Wii Motion Plus
  • Resistance 2

2009

  • PlayStation Move
  • Project NATAL
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

2010

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Saints Row: The Third
Remember when this was big news?

Remember when this was big news?

2011

  • Wii U
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • PlayStation Vita
  • Mass Effect 3

2012

  • Halo 4
  • Tomb Raider
  • Zombi U
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Pikmin 3

2013

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 4
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS

Obviously we could never list ever that was announced at every E3 but if you have a big one we missed let us know!


  • Clint Shippy

    The Last of Us 2012