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E3 2005: Five years later

NINTENDO AT E3 2005

The biggest part of Nintendo's show was the one game you had to wait forever to play - Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. These poor saps had to wait hours (plural!) just for a fleeting session of a 50-hour game. A year later Nintendo would reveal Twilight Princess as a GameCube/Wii title.

So, E3 2005 was kind of a sad time for Nintendo. Aside from a behind-closed-doors showing of a Zelda game that wouldn't ship for another 18 months, its highest-profile tech was the Game Boy Micro, which Nintendo later admitted was something of a mistake. Whoops, turns out you can only milk a handheld so many times.

New Super Mario Bros DS was also a biggie, but wouldn't be available for a full year. In other words, Nintendo didn't have a particularly strong 2005 holiday lineup.

Here's a shot of Nintendo's booth blocked by Gamespot's mini television studio. Bringing you the news by forcing ourselves into it.

MICROSOFT AT E3 2005

Microsoft was 100% behind the Xbox 360, with this sloped theater taking up a big chunk of its floor space. This kept looping a video of just how awesome the 360 was going to be, and explaining the concept of "360." The answer is: it's all about you and your whole world! 360 degrees of gaming culture wrapped into one machine. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go cash all these Microsoft checks.

Passersby could stop and gawk at the hardware and controllers that lived inside a series of plastic bubbles.

If you weren't part of the game journo elite, most all you saw of Microsoft's booth were the green kiosks spread out across the floor. They were mostly the Xbox leftovers for 2005, like Chicken Little and... that other game you didn't play.

Next page: Activision, Square, EA and 2005's booth babes!

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57 comments

  • CoolBowling - June 17, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    Cool E3 2005. This is the one and only E3 I've been to. The two things that I remember and really stand out is getting my picture with all four of the Mithra FFXI girls, and waiting 2 F'in hours to play Twilight Princess for 10 minutes. I also remember being underwhelmed watching the PS3 montage trailer they showed, and then exiting and seeing the boomerang controller.
  • super0sonic - June 15, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    God yes I lOVE this stuff!!! I really Dig the past and would love to read write ups of every E3 ever!! Also i really liked the old PS3 Controller.
  • Blackout1881 - June 14, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    I still would have just liked to have used that original controller once. You never know it could have been awesome.
  • CRUNKMUFFIN - June 14, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    The Sess was staring into your soul....
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  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 14, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    that PS3 controller looks like it was designed by Satan himself. Or just Atari.
  • JADENkOTOR - June 14, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    The PS3 controller sucks fat sack with its over-sized loose joysticks and no triggers to be heard of... the should have kept the baterang so it looked as shitty as it works.
  • InstantTitKill - June 14, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Great article, I laughed so hard when i read the part about the Batmobile xD
  • Cleanser247 - June 14, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    I would love to attend an E3 one day.
  • HawtKakez - June 13, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    Adam Sessler looks like Showtime's Dexter in that close up. Ah 2005, how innocent we were then before this era of gaming. Where did it go so wrong.
  • Clovin64 - June 13, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    Sessler looks like he's going to crawl out of my monitor and kill me, Ring-style! Sessler stare FTW! P.S The original PS3 contoller truly sucked ass. Thank Zeus they changed it.
  • FantasticMrStarFox - June 13, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    lol Sessler looks pissed in that picture.
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  • philipshaw - June 13, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    Great article, hope to see some pics from this years E3
  • reveffect - June 13, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    wow the advertising in the comments is getting out of control now. it used to be one or two every article but this is rediculous (yeah i know i spelled it wrong. anyways this article brought back sweet memories and evil Sess stare FTW!!!
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  • Thelonius - June 13, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    That Sessler pic is EPIC!!!! lol i remember this E3 and going, "Wow, why are Microsoft and Nintendo trying? Psssssh, obviously the PS3 is gonna win..." And how wrong i was lol
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  • SwirlerMcCoy - June 13, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    Ah. I hope natal =\= the next eye toy.

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