|Mr Khan said:
In my opinion, Nintendo got last place in every E3 over the past 5 years Mr Kahn.
I tend to try to be objective in my measures, namely that new hardware > No new hardware (which is why Nintendo gets 2012 even though their conference was fairly weak, Sony and Microsoft's were nothing to write home about that year either, so Wii U still beats out the competition)
95: Playstation's new on the scene (though already released by then, still up-and-coming while Saturn fizzled and Nintendo whiffed out the Virtual Boy)
97: Basically Final Fantasy moving to PS, which signified the broader trend of the tidal shift in third party support. 97 had some strong 64 games (like StarFox and Goldeneye), but the console really didn't pick up steam until the following year in terms of software. Saturn fizzling still
98: N64 hits its stride, Pokemon lands stateside as well. PS is going steady, Saturn on its dying breaths outside of Japan
01: GC/GBA beats Xbox, simply because 2 > 1
02: The PS2 starts to hit its stride and Sony starts pushing their online platform. Xbox in its awkward middle years, GameCube has much of its strong first wave still to go but obviously an also-ran
03: PS2 as the industry standard-king, focusing still on online (like FFXI). Xbox still in that awkward middle gear (Halo 2 is next year), this was Nintendo's weakest year in that generation (notable for having one of their keynote sizzle reels getting booed)
04: Of course the legendary Twilight Princess reveal, but DS was at the meat of Nintendo's win.
06: Wii > Riiiiiidge Racer
07: A difficult year to judge. Wii Fit was huge for casuals of course, Xbox headed into Halo 3 and GTA as the multiplat. I give it to Sony as this is when they started pushing PSN and showing that they weren't going to take their situation lying down.
08: Final Fantasy XIII for 360, again signifying a tidal shift in third party parity. Nintendo's Wii Music debacle, Sony did okay but didn't drop the bomb
09: Kinect, which really fired imaginations initially, as hard as that is to imagine now.
11: PS Vita > the poorly-informed Wii U reveal (since it was just the console and no games, while Vita comes out swinging against the flagging 3DS)
12: Wii U (again, weak for a "true reveal" for the console, but nobody else really pushed any buttons, so Wii U it is)
13: PS4 > One.
I'm thinking Microsoft is going to come out swinging this year with some really big stuff, though if Microsoft doesn't push, Sony could get the win on "air of inevitability" like their mid 6th-gen wins. Nintendo's not down for the count entirely, though certainly a dark horse this time, not an obvious also-ran like last year going into it.