29. R.C. Pro-Am

Released: 1988
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Fun Fact: R.C. Pro-Am is often considered a precursor to Mario Kart by critics.

R.C. Pro-Am was one of the best racing games for the NES. Developer Rare's decision to depict remote control cars instead of real vehicles opened the door to all sorts of creative options that racing games which attempted to be “realistic” couldn't touch.

Power-ups were a big part of R.C. Pro-Am's mechanics. Tracks were littered with power-ups that increased performance and enabled weapons to destroy opponents. R.C. Pro-Am had great visuals and sound, and helped cement Rare's reputation for the level of polish in its games.