While the last few E3s for obvious reasons have not been quite what we are used to, it is the memories of past glorious summers that keep our enthusiasm for the event alive. Earlier this year, we took a look at a handful of Nintendo’s most iconic E3 moments, but researching that article and revisiting Nintendo’s conferences was also a stark reminder of the days of Standard Definition video – far from the HD and UHD we are. used to these days.
But if you want to relive the exciting (because it should be exciting) days of 2006, GoldMetalSonic on Twitter has undertaken to upscale Nintendo’s conference footage and gift all the cleanest version to date of the last E3 before the Wii arrived, driving the company to levels of success not seen since the 8-bit days.
GoldMetalSonic retrieved the footage from a DVD rip, and without the use of AI upscaling, there is only so much you can do from the obscure source. But as illustrated in the still image from the sublime Excite Truck above, the difference between this new upload and the version previously available on YouTube is night and day.
Looking back now, it’s great to see the Wii being demonstrated at a time when it was still not clear exactly what the new system would offer. It’s also nice to see Reggie welcome everyone to “the next leap in gaming”, George Harrison (not that) discuss the potential of the then new Brain Age series on the 18 month old DS, and Satoru Iwata tell everyone about his’ Blue Ocean ‘strategy to expand the gaming audience.
If you’re looking for something to pass the time in this break between Christmas and New Year, this is a fun nostalgic time wash that is worth checking out. Enjoy the video below:
Exciting truck? Red steel? Twilight Princess? Do you miss these stage-based events, or do you prefer the Direct style we get these days? Tell us below about your favorite memories from Nintendo’s E3 2006 conference …