2. Ninja Gaiden (1988)
As kids growing up in the mid-to-late 80's cinematic cutscenes weren't something we came to expect with our NES game. Then we witnessed this: the beat-driven anticipatory music, the dramatic backdrop, and an often-imitated sword clash where the victor was the only one able to stand. It only made the cutscene all the more poignant when the solemn music kicked in, setting up the stage for this revenge tale.