Year released: 2001

The Super Smash Bros. series is the first great Mario spin-off since Mario Kart debuted in 1993. While the mascot brawler saw its debut on the N64, it was its sequel Melee that really took off, becoming the biggest selling game on the Gamecube and inspiring a rabid fan community.

The novelty of seeing cute characters such as pink blob Kirby beat the shit out of gorillas, dinosaurs, and intergalactic bounty hunters never gets old, and its upcoming release for the Wii U and 3DS is much hyped, with Nintendo's online social network Miiverse a near-constant stream of requests for new pugilists.