Full E3 2009 coverage continues on GamesRadar all week, but in the meantime, see what memories you can stir up by eyeballin%26rsquo; these five-years-ago pics.
NINTENDO%26rsquo;S E3 2004
As is usually the case at E3, Nintendo%26rsquo;s booth was gargantuan. The biggest star? A Twilight Princess trailer that played over and over again on their massive screen.
Resident Evil 4, Star Fox (aka Star Fox Assault) and Paper Mario 2 (aka The Thousand Year Door) were the biggest GameCube titles, even though the first went to PS2, the second sucked and the third, while great, was not enough to hold a holiday season. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes was prominent as well.
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (just re-released on Wii this year) and Donkey Konga made their initial bongo-controlled appearance.
Anyone remember the original Nintendo DS design? Shown behind closed doors (or after a soul-crushingly long line), it was the first time we saw what would eventually be the clear winner of the modern generation.
The %26ldquo;DS Phat%26rdquo; design lasted from November 2004 to early 2006, when the DS Lite took over. The DSi launched earlier this year.
SONY%26rsquo;S E3 2004
Sony draped the primary entrance with its iconic face buttons.
PlayStation Land was a bustling who%26rsquo;s-who of classic franchises, including franchise-to-be God of War.
Sony%26rsquo;s showfloor, headliners including Ace Combat 5, Devil May Cry 3 and, sadly, 25 to Life. Plus, a giant Kratos.
E3 %26rsquo;04 was the first big-time reveal of the PSP, with hands-on opportunities and several games to try. This one%26rsquo;s a Japan-only title featuring Toro the cat, which will mean so very much to anyone reading this sentence.
MICROSOFT%26rsquo;S E3 2004
Nintendo and Sony tend to dominate the West Hall, forcing Microsoft to carve out a sizeable chunk of the South Hall. In 2004, they had a bitchton of third party games on display, like uh, Godzilla: Save the Earth. Fable was there too.
Behind a towering Curtain of Despair lied Halo 2, only shown to high-ranking, super serious business games journalists. We even got a chance to play some multiplayer while practically sitting in total darkness.
Next page %26ndash; EA, Konami and Square!