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Who won E3 1996?

Nintendo 24 54.55%
 
SEGA 3 6.82%
 
Sony 17 38.64%
 
Microsoft 0 0.00%
 
Total:44

Ok, so since it won't let me make a new poll in the original thread, I'll have to make a new one for each one. This is probably good anyway, as we can split up discussions more easily. I'll still keep track of overall leaderboard/graphs in the original thread.

Hello, I enjoy, like many of you, voting on who I thought won each E3. I also think it would be fun to have an ongoing leaderboard thread for E3’s (this one and all the past ones). To that end, I’m going to be updating this thread regularly by having votes on various E3’s from the past. I will start with the very first one, outlying games shown by each company. If you’d like to vote that would be great! I will plan on changing out which E3 we are voting on every so often after enough people have voted.

I am starting with the first and will work my way towards the more modern ones. I’ll be including every major presenter, not just the big three. For simplicity and speed, I will be using other resources, such as WIKI, in order to list off things that were shown/unveiled/announced. Also, since the poll limits me to 10 choices, I will have to cut out some presentations. I will try to focus on studios that announced games that were less significant, historically, or on systems that were short-lived. On to 1996!

E3 1996

I couldn’t find a comprehensive list of every announcement at this E3, or the next handful or so on Wikipedia. We will get back to that format whenever there are resources that don’t make my head explode to look at. For now, we will just look at the major highlights.

Nintendo: 3D analog stick unveiled for N64. Announced N64 price at $249.95. Super Mario 64, Pilot Wings 64, DOOM, Goldeneye, Blast Dozer, and Shadow of the Empire. Also unveiled Game Boy Pocket. Price matched N64 with PS1 by end of event.

Sony: Major price drop of Playstation from $299 to $199 after agreeing with SEGA and Nintendo not to drop prices on hardware this year.

SEGA: Price matched their console with PS1. Nights into Dreams, Sonic X-treme, 
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei

Microsoft: Early attempt at gaming began with Windows games. Close Combat, NBA Full Court Press, Hell Bender, Deadly Tide, and Monster Truck Madness all shown.

 

I was unable to find a list of 3rd party games announced outside of a IGN article. Hoping that E3 1997 will be easier to find. If you find something, please link it so I can update the OP information. If someone finds something, I will reset the poll and merge numbers if need be.



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Scott the Woz had a pretty good rundown at the risk of introducing bias.



This one is a bit tougher. I have to try to find more info on the PS show before I vote.

Also, what the hell does this mean? "Major price drop of Playstation from $299 to $199 after agreeing with SEGA and Nintendo not to drop prices on hardware this year."

It seems that you're saying the 3 companies entered into some kind of unofficial pinky-swear pact to keep their hardware the same price?



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https://www.ign.com/wikis/e3/E3_1996

"Humiliated by Sony's cataclysmic announcement of the year before, the hardware manufacturers had supposedly all agreed not to make similar announcements in 1996."
Which is the PS1 coming out and destroying the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo Virtual Boy. The PS1 was announced for $300, a $100 less than the Sega Saturn.

"Despite the big announcement from Sony, SEGA and Nintendo tried to stay the course with their pricing. It didn't work. By the end of day one, Nintendo announced plans to match price with Nintendo 64. By day 2, SEGA did the same.

And apparently that all came round the same rumors of Microsoft doing price cuts.

The Sega Saturn launched at $400 in 1995. Dropped to $200 in 1996. That is a beating.



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Nintendo this time around. It's tough to beat a system that is launching in 3 months that would have all the hype behind it. Even though the N64 was inferior in regards to lacking a CD drive.

As for finding info, it's going to be tough since all the big websites from back then are now defunct or deleted old content.



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N64 was a great piece of hardware, but it launched with jack-all except for Mario 64.

PS1 had Suikoden, Twisted Metal 2, Tekken 2, Legacy of Kain, Crash Bandicoot, and Persona. Yes, all those games were at the show, and all of them released in the 2nd half of 96.
I'm giving this one to Sony, even though I was a huge N64 fanboy, back in the day, with a massive hatred of Sony.



From what I remember reading in videogame magazines at the time, the PlayStation was getting tons of praise for games like Crash and Tomb Raider and alot of game journalists were declaring Sony the "winner" of E3 in '96, but by years end Nintendo was the one wrapping up most of the GOTY / console of the year awards.

And regarding the price wars at the time, Nintendo had already announced the price point of the N64 at $249 in late '95, but because the system was eventually delayed again to June '96 in Japan and September '96 in North America, and with Sony's aggressive pricing of the PS1, they dropped the official price to $199 prior to launch. This sort of made up for the fact that there was no pack-in game for the first time for a Nintendo console launch since games were $60 and up at the time.



On 2/24/13, MB1025 said:
You know I was always wondering why no one ever used the dollar sign for $ony, but then I realized they have no money so it would be pointless.

NightlyPoe said:

Scott the Woz had a pretty good rundown at the risk of introducing bias.

Thanks for sharing!



COKTOE said:

This one is a bit tougher. I have to try to find more info on the PS show before I vote.

Also, what the hell does this mean? "Major price drop of Playstation from $299 to $199 after agreeing with SEGA and Nintendo not to drop prices on hardware this year."

It seems that you're saying the 3 companies entered into some kind of unofficial pinky-swear pact to keep their hardware the same price?

Bandorr linked the source of that below!



Bandorr said:
https://www.ign.com/wikis/e3/E3_1996

"Humiliated by Sony's cataclysmic announcement of the year before, the hardware manufacturers had supposedly all agreed not to make similar announcements in 1996."
Which is the PS1 coming out and destroying the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo Virtual Boy. The PS1 was announced for $300, a $100 less than the Sega Saturn.

"Despite the big announcement from Sony, SEGA and Nintendo tried to stay the course with their pricing. It didn't work. By the end of day one, Nintendo announced plans to match price with Nintendo 64. By day 2, SEGA did the same.

And apparently that all came round the same rumors of Microsoft doing price cuts.

The Sega Saturn launched at $400 in 1995. Dropped to $200 in 1996. That is a beating.

My goodness. A $200 drop in one year is insane. Biggest ever? I wonder how much they were losing on each one sold?