Console(s): N64

Nintendo made some serviceable follow-ups to this game for the Gamecube and Wii in Mario Power Tennis, but the first Tennis was the one that should earn "classic" status in terms of sports gaming. Allowing you to choose from a wide range of characters from the Nintendo roster, Mario Tennis is the authoritative title for its sport, and one that most of your peers are sure to recognize. Honestly, though, has anyone ever really made another viable tennis game? Did everyone just give up after they saw how great this one was?