Electronic Entertainment Expo 1995

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Electronic Entertainment Expo 1995
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GenreVideo games
Interactive entertainment
BeginsMay 11, 1995
EndsMay 13, 1995
VenueLos Angeles Convention Center
Location(s)Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Next eventE3 1996
Attendance50,000
Organized byEntertainment Software Association
Filing statusNon-profit

The Electronic Entertainment Expo 1995, commonly known as E3 1995, was the first Electronic Entertainment Expo held. The event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 11-13, 1995, with 50,000 total attendees.[1] Highlights of the 1995 show include Sony's announcement of the PlayStation's release date and pricing, Sega's surprise launch of the Sega Saturn, and Nintendo's showcase of the Virtual Boy console.[1][2]

Exhibitions[edit]

Nintendo[edit]

The Virtual Boy, Nintendo's intermediary console released between the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Nintendo 64, was showcased prominently.[2] The Nintendo 64, then known as the Ultra 64, was presented in a near-final state of development.[3] Games on display included Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, EarthBound, and Killer Instinct.[4]

Sega[edit]

Prior to E3 1995, the Sega Saturn had already released in Japan, and was slated for a September 2, 1995 American release.[5] On the first day of E3 1995, Sega CEO Tom Kalinske gave a keynote presentation in which he revealed the Saturn's release price of US$399, and described the features of the console. Kalinske also revealed that, due to "high consumer demand",[6] Sega had already shipped 30,000 Saturns to Toys "R" Us, Babbage's, Electronics Boutique, and Software Etc. for immediate release.[7]

Sony[edit]

Sony announced the price and release date for the then-upcoming PlayStation.[8] Prior to Sony's keynote conference, Sega announced the US$399 retail price for the newly-released Sega Saturn; capitalizing on the opportunity, SCEA President Steve Race made a single, brief statement at Sony's conference: "$299". The audience cheered as Race walked away from the podium.[9]

List of notable exhibitors[edit]

This is a list of major video game exhibitors who made appearances at E3 1995.[4]

List of featured games[edit]

This is a list of notable titles that appeared by their developers or publishers at E3 1995.[4][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29]

The 3DO Company

Acclaim Entertainment

Activision

Atari Corporation

Capcom

Crystal Dynamics

Cyberdreams

Electronic Arts

Interplay Entertainment

Nintendo

Sega

Sony Computer Entertainment

SNK

Square

Williams Electronics

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Plante, Chris (2010-10-13). "Remembering Virtual Boy 15 Years Later". ugo.com. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  3. ^ "E3 1995". Video Gaming Central. 1995-05-15. Retrieved 2017-06-11 – via gamebits.net.
  4. ^ a b c "Game Zero E3 Coverage". gamezero.com. 1995. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  5. ^ "Let the games begin: Sega Saturn hits retail shelves across the nation Sept. 2; Japanese sales already put Sega on top of the charts". Business Wire. 1995-03-09. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  6. ^ Cifaldi, Frank (May 11, 2010). "This Day in History: Sega Announces Surprise Saturn Launch". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2017-06-11.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ Kent 2001, p. 516.
  8. ^ Severino, Anthony (2013-06-09). "Sony's Biggest E3 Announcements Ever". playstationlifestyle.net. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  9. ^ Stuart, Keith (2015-05-14). "Sega Saturn: how one decision destroyed PlayStation's greatest rival". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  10. ^ Anthony Parisi (January 29, 2017). E3 1995. YouTube.
  11. ^ NAVGTR (June 21, 2007). E3 1995. YouTube.
  12. ^ QLvsJAGUAR (January 18, 2011). E3 1995 – first show ever! Full length documentary. Great history!. YouTube.
  13. ^ François, Tommy; Msika, David (June 1995). "Reportage - E3". CD Consoles. No. 8. Pressimage. pp. 29–63.
  14. ^ "E3 News". Edge. No. 23. Future Publishing. August 1995. pp. 6–11.
  15. ^ Semrad, Ed (July 1995). "The Best Of The Electronic Entertainment Expo - E3 1995". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 72. EGM Media, LLC. pp. 58–72.
  16. ^ "E-3 The Biggest And Best Electronic Entertainment Show Ever!". GameFan. Vol. 3 no. 7. Shinno Media. July 1995. pp. 17–41.
  17. ^ "The Electronic Entertainment Expo!". GamePro. No. 71. IDG. June 1995. pp. 37–48.
  18. ^ "Special Report: Electronic Entertainment Expo". GamePro. No. 73. IDG. August 1995. pp. 28–42.
  19. ^ Herranz, Sonia (June 1995). "Reportaje - Electronic Entertainment Expo - Y Al E3er Día Resucitó". Hobby Consolas. No. 45. Axel Springer SE. pp. 32–35.
  20. ^ Gómez, Amalio (July 1995). "Electronic Entertainment Expo - E3 - Y por tres días, la Meca del Cine se convirtió en la Meca del Videojuego". Hobby Consolas. No. 46. Axel Springer SE. pp. 46–55.
  21. ^ Clarke, Stuart (July 1995). "Hype It Up - E3 - The Los Angeles Electronic Entertainment Expo". Hyper. No. 20. Next Publishing Pty Ltd. pp. 6–8.
  22. ^ "Aktuelles - Electronic Entertainment Expo". MAN!AC. No. 21. Cybermedia Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. July 1995. pp. 12–31.
  23. ^ "Special - E3 Messe". Mega Fun. No. 34. CT Computec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. July 1995. pp. 8–23.
  24. ^ "News - E3 - The Future Is Here!". Mean Machines Sega. No. 34. EMAP. August 1995. pp. 8–18.
  25. ^ "E3 - The Greatest Show On Earth". Next Generation. No. 7. Imagine Media. July 1995. pp. 16–22.
  26. ^ "Dossier - Salon E3 - Le Choc!". Player One. No. 54. Média Système Édition. June 1995. pp. 43–69.
  27. ^ "Special - E3-Los Angeles - Welcome To The Next Level!". Sega Magazin. No. 20. Computec Media Group. July 1995. pp. 74–87.
  28. ^ Gore, Chris (July 1995). "Special E3 Previews". VideoGames - The Ultimate Gaming Magazine. No. 78. L.F.P., Inc. pp. 40–45.
  29. ^ "News - E3 - Die Übermesse in Los Angeles". Video Games. No. 44. Future-Verlag. July 1995. pp. 8–33.

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