Year released: 1997

Super Mario 64 changed everything with its breathtaking use of 3D, and Mario Kart 64 just edges it in overall sales, but Goldeneye 007 did three very important things for Nintendo's last cartridge-based home console.

It broke the cycle of bad movie tie-ins, helped the N64 move away from its child-friendly image, and made the FPS genre viable for consoles in a way no game before it had ever done. The Mario series may always be Nintendo’s staple, but Goldeneye 007 is the game most responsible for broadening the company’s audience in the '90s.