Double Dribble (1987)
This is where the evolution of basketball games begins in earnest. Double Dribble is probably best remembered for its dramatic cutaway dunk animations-which are definitely still pretty baller-but if you watch the game in motion now, you can see how this game fully captures the moment of the NES. The players look like they're extra lives waiting to be used in Contra and the sound effects (that rising-falling jumpshot sound!) are so 8-bit it almost hurts. It sounds like you're dribbling a sack of rocks on concrete!