E3 1995: remember moments and games from the first edition of the event

The year 2021 marks the realization of another E3 and a lot has happened since its first edition took place, in the distant year of 1995. As a preparation for what we will have in a few days, the team from voxel brings here a little of what happened in the first edition of the fair, held between the 11th and 13th of May at the well-known Los Angeles Convention Center.

An event is born

The first E3 emerged as an initiative to concentrate the main news in the gaming world in an event in the North American market, and it actually managed to attract the attention of all the main producers at the time (you can check the main games presented by each) – and as you can see in the video below, it already had the grandiose airs and pomp of today, with well-lit booths, models representing characters and things like that.

As is currently the case, some companies also didn’t skimp when it came to doing their best to promote their upcoming games. Sega, Sony and Nintendo, for example, were some of the companies that held press conferences on the 11th and 12th, the rest being aimed at visitors’ gambling and viewing things that happened at the event as a whole.

And believe us when we say that a lot was happening at the same time for the attention of players and the media. For example, visitors to the Williams booth had a chance to see the actors who brought Kung Lao, Jax and Sonya’s movements to life in Mortal Kombat 3 make a small presentation, and celebrities like Sylvester Stallone and Michael Jackson gave their faces to check out the news in this world that, at that time, still did not bring figures as gigantic as today for the industry as a whole.

Premieres of the time

One of the features of E3 is that it serves as a stage for the presentation of new consoles, and the first edition had a bit of that too. Atari, for example, gave the world a taste of its Jaguar VR, while NEO GEO CD, 3DO, PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Virtual Boy also used the space to show the public what they were coming from.

With regard to games, the main highlights of the first edition of E3 go to Donkey Kong Country 2, Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, Killer Instinct, Panzer Dragon, Virtua Fighter, Ridge Racer and Twisted Metal, and the list of titles of the main companies participating in E3 1995, you can check the following lists.

Top companies and their games shown at E3 1995

The 3DO Company

  • BattleSport (3DO)
  • Captain Quazar (3DO)
  • killing time (3DO)
  • Primal Rage (3DO)

Acclaim Entertainment

  • batman forever (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • cutthroat island (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • D (3DO)
  • Foreman For Real (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • Judge Dredd (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • Justice League Task Force (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • Myst (Saturn)
  • NFL Quarterback Club 96 (Mega Drive, Saturn, SNES)
  • Revolution X (Mega Drive, Saturn, SNES)
  • robotics (Saturn)
  • stargate (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (N64)
  • True Lies (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • warlock (Mega Drive, SNES)
  • WWF Raw (32X, Mega Drive, SNES)


  • MechWarrior 3050 (SNES)
  • Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (32X)

Atari Corporation

  • battlemorph (Jaguar CD)
  • BattleSphere (Jaguar)
  • Blue Lightning (Jaguar CD)
  • Brett Hull NHL Hockey (Jaguar, Jaguar CD)
  • Caves of Fear (Jaguar CD)
  • Creature Shock (Jaguar CD)
  • deathwatch (Jaguar)
  • defend 2000 (Jaguar)
  • Fight for Life (Jaguar)
  • FlipOut! (Jaguar)
  • Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods (Jaguar CD)
  • Hyper Force (Jaguar)
  • Missile Command 3D (Jaguar)
  • Phase Zero (Jaguar)
  • Primal Rage (Jaguar CD)
  • Power Drive Rally (Jaguar)
  • Rayman (Jaguar, PS1, Saturn)
  • Pinball Ruiner (Jaguar)
  • soulstar (Jaguar CD)
  • Super Burnout (Jaguar)
  • Thea Realm Fighters (Jaguar)
  • Ultra Vortek (Jaguar)
  • Vid Grid (Jaguar CD)
  • Virtual Light Machine (Jaguar CD)
  • White Men Can’t Jump (Jaguar)


  • Breath of Fire II (SNES)
  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (PS1)
  • Mega Man X3 (SNES)
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge (Arcade, Saturn)
  • resident Evil (PS1)
  • Street Fighter: The Movie (PlayStation, Saturn)
  • X-Men: Children of the Atom (Arcade, Saturn)

Crystal Dynamics

  • 3D Baseball (PS1, Saturn)
  • Blazing Dragons (PS1, Saturn)
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (PS1)
  • Gex (PS1, Saturn)
  • The Horde (Saturn)
  • Off-World Interceptor (PS1, Saturn)
  • Solar Eclipse (PS1, Saturn)

Electronic Arts

  • FIFA Soccer 96 (PS1, Saturn)
  • Foes of Ali (3DO)
  • PGA Tour 96 (PS1, Saturn)
  • Psychic Detective (3DO, ​​PC, PS1)
  • Shockwave Assault (PS1)
  • viewpoint (PS1)
  • Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (3DO, ​​PS1)


  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (SNES)
  • Donkey Kong Land (Game Boy)
  • EarthBound (SNES)
  • Killer Instinct (SNES)
  • Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Game Boy)


  • The Adventures of Batman & Robin (Mega Drive, Sega CD)
  • clockwork knight (Saturn)
  • Comix Zone (Mega Drive)
  • Daytona USA (Saturn)
  • Ecco Jr. (Mega Drive)
  • Garfield: Caught in the Act (Mega Drive)
  • Nightmare Circus (Mega Drive)
  • panzer dragon (Saturn)
  • vectorman (Mega Drive)
  • Virtua Cop (Arcadian)
  • Virtua Fighter (Arcade, Saturn)

Sony Computer Entertainment

  • Battle Arena Toshinden (PS1)
  • Ridge Racer (PS1)
  • Twisted Metal (PS1)
  • warhawk (PS1)


  • Baseball Stars 2 (Neo Geo CD)
  • Fatal Fury Special (Neo Geo CD)
  • The King of Fighters ’94 (Neo Geo CD)
  • Samurai Shodown (Neo Geo CD)
  • Samurai Shodown II (Neo Geo CD)
  • Super Sidekicks 3 (Neo Geo CD)


  • Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  • Secret of Evermore (SNES)

Williams Electronics

  • doom (SNES)
  • Mortal Kombat 3 (Mega Drive, PS1)

So, did you remember or know all these details from the first E3? Looking forward to this year’s edition of the event, which takes place from June 12th to 15th? Share your opinion with other readers of voxel in the space below for comments.

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