12. Super Mario Kart

Year Of Release: 1992
Developer: Nintendo EAD
System(s): SNES, Virtual Console
Complex Says: Sure, we take Mario Kart's existence for granted now, but this was the first entry into the series. Beloved Miyamoto-era NES characters racing around colorful environments on karts? Check. Power-ups? Check. Combat-style kart racing? Check. Power slides? Check. It's all there. If this is your sub-genre of racing games, Super Mario Kart was the blueprint.