E3 1996

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E3 1996
Date: 1996-05-161996-05-18
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Attendance: 57,795[1]

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo 1996 (E3 1996) was the second E3 event to take place.

E3 1996 is considered to be one of the more notable E3s, as it took place right at the peak of a bitter rivalry between Sony and the PlayStation, and Sega with its Sega Saturn. It was also the event in which the Nintendo 64 was fully revealed and made playable to the public. A surprise price drop for the PlayStation on the first day prompted Sega to match it on the second, taking the Saturn to $199 USD.

Much of the event was dominated by the Nintendo 64, with the likes of Super Mario 64 being playable, and a number of key titles being demonstrated, including Super Mario Kart R (later Super Mario Kart 64), Kirby's Air Ride (which would be scrapped for the N64, arriving on the GameCube years later), Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, StarFox 64, Pilotwings 64, Wave Race 64 and GoldenEye 007 (Dixie Kong's Double Trouble taking the lead with the Super NES). Sony had a more muted presence, demonstrating Crash Bandicoot alongside Twisted Metal 2 and Tobal No.1.

Sega leaned heavily on the troubled Sonic X-treme and NiGHTS into Dreams, but also demonstrated its Sega NetLink peripheral for the Saturn. Virtua Fighter 3 also played a central role, with work-in-progress footage of the arcade version and promises it would come to the Saturn. The company also introduced its Sega Entertainment line for Windows PCs. The Sega 32X, a staple of E3 1995, was nowhere to be found.

LucasArts had an invite-only "closed stand"[2].

Products featured

Saturn

Sega

Acclaim Entertainment

Accolade

Activision

American Softworks

ASCII

Atlus

BMG Interactive

Capcom

Codemasters

Core Design

Crystal Dynamics

Data East

Eidos Interactive

Electronic Arts

Fox Interactive

GTE Interactive Media

GT Interactive

Interplay

Jaleco

JVC

Koei

Konami

LucasArts

Ocean Software

Philips Interactive Media

Playmates Interactive Entertainment

ReadySoft

Scavenger

Sunsoft

Tecmo

Telstar Electronic Studios

Time Warner Interactive

Titus

Ubi Soft

U.S. Gold

VIC Tokai

Virgin Interactive Entertainment

Williams Entertainment

Working Designs

Unsorted

Mega Drive

Game Gear

Arcade

PC

Floor Plan

Magazine articles

Main article: E3 1996/Magazine articles.

Photo gallery

References

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Trade events attended by Sega
"Arcade"
American Coin Machine Exposition (ACME) 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96
AMOA / Amusement Expo 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 ... 75 ... 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 00 | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Amusement Machine Show (JAA Show, JAMMA, AM Show) 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78 | 79 | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | 85 | 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 00 | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15
Amusement Trades Exhibition (ATE) 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66
Amusement Trades Exhibition International (ATEI) / European Amusement and Gaming Expo International (EAG) 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 00 | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16
AOU Show / Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) 86 | 87 | 88 | 89 | 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 00 | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18
Feria Española del Recreativo (FER) 84 ... 86 ... 88
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) 95 ... 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17
South America Leisure Exhibition (SALEX) ... SALEX-PARKEX '95 ...
Others IMA 94 | IMA 95 | IFA Berlin 1995 | EAAPA 12 | IAAPI 12 | ENADA 12 | GameNet 12 | RAPPA 12 | DEAL 12 | GTI 12 | Kiev Show 12 | EAS 12 RAAPA 13 | DEAl 13 | EAS 13 | EAS 14 | ATRAX 14 | EAS 15 | Fun & Biz Africa 15 | RAAPA 15 | ATRAX 15 | DEAL 16
"Home"
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 95 | 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 00 | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 21
Eurogamer Expo / EGX 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | Rezzed 14 | 14 | Rezzed 15 | 15
European Consumer Trade Show (ECTS) 89 | 90 | 91 | Autumn 92 | Spring 93 | Autumn 93 | Spring 94 | Autumn 94 | Spring 95 | Autumn 95 | Spring 96 | Autumn 96 | 97 | 98 | 99 | 00 | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04
Gamescom 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Summer 83 | Summer 86 | Winter 87 | Summer 87 | Winter 88 | Summer 88 | Winter 89 | Summer 89 | Winter 90 | Summer 90 | Winter 91 | Summer 91 | Winter 92 | Summer 92 | Winter 93 | Summer 93 | Winter 94 | Summer 94 | CES 1995 | 12
SIGGRAPH 93 | 94 | 95
Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 96 | 97 Spring | 97 Autumn | 98 Spring | 98 Autumn | 99 Spring | 99 Autumn | 00 Spring | 00 Autumn | 01 Spring | 01 Autumn | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18
Tokyo Toy Show 90 | 91 | 92 | 93 | 94 | 95 | 96 | 97
Others The Future Entertainment Show | The Second Future Entertainment Show | Play Box 95 | Play Box 96 | HIT 96 | Gambleriada II | Gambleriada III | Comtek 2000 | Nintendo Conference 2008