Welcome to our very first Throwback Thursday! This is a new weekly column at Zelda Universe where we celebrate yesteryear with our fondest memories of playing Zelda and the lifelong journey we’ve taken as hardcore Nintendo fans. Going forward we’ll be looking at the most incredible moments from Zelda games, but to kick this new feature off, we thought we would maintain the spirit of E3 by looking back at one of Nintendo’s best ever conferences at the show. Kaushal remembers 2004 very well indeed, so I’ll let him take it from here and set the scene for you. We hope you enjoy our new weekly burst of nostalgia! -Reece
It’s E3 2004 and the stage is set for Nintendo to reveal its upcoming games for the year ahead. Onto the stage steps Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, who proclaims “My name is Reggie. I’m about kicking ass, I’m about taking names, and we’re about making games.” Over the course of the press conference, Reggie et al. outline how Nintendo is focusing on games that people want to play, taking a few jabs at Microsoft and Sony in the process. Nintendo showcase Metroid Prime 2:Echoes, Star Fox, Resident Evil 4, Pokemon, several new GBA titles, and the new Nintendo DS. Many thought that the Nintendo DS would be the biggest reveal as the late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata talked about what the new DS handheld and his other “revolutionary new machine” could do.
“My name is Reggie. I’m about kicking ass, I’m about taking names, and we’re about making games.”
Taking a page from his Cupertino counterpart, Reggie Fils-Aime came out with one major final reveal at the end of the show in typical Apple fashion, asking the audience to step into “one more world.” The audience, probably confused at this point, eagerly anticipate what this “one more world” could be. A video montage of a graphically realistic lush forest contrasted against an apocalyptic landscape begins to play on the monitors above. In the video, a boy in a green tunic rides a horse across the landscape, looking to fight off the oncoming horde of monsters. The video reveals that it is in fact Link, with Master Sword in hand as he battles enormous bosses, Lizalfos Knights, and even shows horseback combat with Epona in the new Legend of Zelda for the GameCube. It was the Legend of Zelda title that many fans had been waiting for. After the reveal and to thundering applause, Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage sporting a green “1-Up” t-shirt and waving around the Master Sword and Hylian shield.
The epic early footage of Twilight Princess and the hilarious excitement shown by its creator is still currently seen by many fans as being the best reveal of any Legend of Zelda title ever. The footage was played over and over by fans and the media alike until, and even after, the release of Twilight Princess. With history somewhat repeating with the release of The Legend of Zelda:Breath of the Wild on both the Nintendo Wii U and NX, and many fans waiting eagerly for the release, it’s great to see how far both Zelda, and Nintendo itself, have come.
Check out the entire Nintendo E3 press conference below and don’t forget to sound off in the comments about your favourite moments from this, or any other, E3 show.