E3 2017 is almost here. It’s essentially video game Christmas, where most major players in the games industry unveil their latest titles, hardware, and shock announcements (which have usually leaked online the week before). Some of these reveals are more memorable than others. Sure, you may not remember where you were when Ubisoft revealed the latest version of Just Dance in 2015, but you definitely recall Sony announcing Final Fantasy 7, The Last Guardian release date, and Shenmue 3 at its own press conference, a couple of hours afterwards. What follows is a list of the greatest, most memorable E3 moments of all time – the announcements that made us spill our drinks with glee, or hide behind our hands with embarrassment. How many of these do you remember? 

Sony’s hat trick of megaton announcements (2015)

Sony made dreams come true with its E3 2015 press conference, confirming three highly anticipated games that were long thought dead: an HD remaster of Final Fantasy 7, The Last Guardian, and Shenmue 3. For a certain Venn Diagram subsection of gamer, experiencing this trio of PlayStation announcements was akin to seeing God.

Nier director looks like a Tim Burton creation (2015)

During a notably small-scale press conference, Square Enix announced what would eventually be known as Nier: Automata, a sequel to a cult hit action RPG (which itself was a spinoff of the obscure RPG series Drakengard). It’s already a bit odd for project director Yoko Taro to stand at the podium wearing a giant mascot head that makes his voice inaudible – but it’s even more of a trip when that mask is a reference to a side-character in an incredibly niche game, ensuring that only a tiny fraction of the audience will have any idea what the reference is. The best part: nobody on stage even acknowledged how incredibly weird this all was, which made the whole thing even stranger.

Mega Man in Smash 4 (2013)

Super Smash Bros. character reveals always bring the hype, but adding Capcom’s robot hero to the roster was a masterstroke of fan service. After seeing how the Mega Man brand had been so grossly mishandled in years prior, this classic iteration of the Blue Bomber just felt so right. Being able to pit Mega Man against other iconic heroes like Mario, Sonic, and Pac-Man turned Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS into the apex of old-school appreciation.

Xbox One online requirements send people into a frenzy (2013)

The public did not take kindly to the first iteration of the Xbox One announced at E3 2013, which was originally going to require a constant internet connection lest you lose access to all your games. Players loathed the idea, and the reaction was so overwhelmingly negative that Microsoft eventually rescinded the always-online requirements. Unfortunately, the 180 didn’t occur until after then-Xbox chief Don Mattrick uttered a Mary Antoinette-esque line defending the decision: “Fortunately, we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity. It’s called Xbox 360.”

Mr. Caffeine tanks (2011)

It’s always darkest before the dawn. In a time when Ubisoft hadn’t yet locked down the lovable Aisha Tyler as the annual host for its E3 press conferences, it experienced the worst strikeout in E3 history: Aaron “Mr. Caffeine” Priceman. This host’s annoyingly high energy, awful attempts at humor, and smarmy stage presence solidified him as the worst presenter E3 audiences had ever seen, and his performance will live on in infamy.

Konami takes press conference awkwardness to new heights (2010)

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