Year released: 2014

Super Mario 3D World is the first AAA classic for Nintendo’s Wii U, but as far as system sellers go, it's the recent Mario Kart 8 that has proven the biggest boost to the struggling console’s fortunes.

It helps that it's both the best looking Wii U game and the best Mario Kart game in years, of course, with its slow-motion replays inviting total admiration for the game's beautiful colors and standout soundtrack. The Luigi Death Stare is just the icing on the cake.