Mario’s lady troubles didn’t start with the NES—oh no, he was dealing with random dudes stealing his women as early as 1981, when Donkey Kong decided to make off with Pauline. What’s worse is that the gorilla can’t even chill when he’s been caught, and you gotta vault over all sorts of crap he throws in your way! It’s a good thing he eventually abandoned his kidnapping ways. Too bad Bowser still hasn’t gotten the memo.
Work hard. Play harder! Blitz ’99 marked one of the first (good) 3D football games. You know the drill: pick your team, hit the field, and win the Superbowl! Forget real-world rules, too. This game is all about stats and getting that pigskin where it’s gotta go, without all the red tape.
Imagine if James Bond had an unlicensed game made about him in a car (and boat) chase during the early 80’s. Congratulations—you just imagined Spy Hunter! Jump into your G-6155 Interceptor and fight off enemies on both land and sea, using your steering wheel, wits, and some sweet guns.
FINISH HIM! In this excellent 1995 entry to the Mortal Kombat series, which is considered by many to be one of the best Midway ever made. And, unlike the previous MK3 version, this one features the return of Kitana, Mileena, Reptile, and Scorpion to utterly devastate your foes in a shower of viscera.