Year released: 1999
We all loved the Donkey Kong Country titles for the SNES, and what could go wrong when DK was done up in 3D along with a whole new cast of simian sidekicks? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Introducing Lanky, Chunky and Tiny Kong to the series, Donkey Kong 64 shared some similarities to its Rare labelmate, Banjo-Kazooie but managed to distinguish itself with its diverse roster of primates, and intriguing, character-specific abilities. Sure, it may not have had as much of an impact on the genre as its Super Nintendo forebears, but at the end of the day, this was still a seriously great platformer that carried the series' legacy quite admirably.