Year released: 1985

Almost obligatory in its inclusion, but it's easy to forget just how unusual the concept of Super Mario was at the time.

With its 'shroom-consuming plumber brethren, and blonde-stealing reptilian overlords, Super Mario Bros. helped bring gaming back into the public eye in the U.S. after a notorious slump. The title generally defines games in the public eye to this day—take note of Wreck-It Ralph's crowd-pleasing bleeps and boops, an example surely not designed to invoke nostalgia in the minds of ankle biters. It's a true canon classic of the '80s.