5. Super Mario World
Super Nintendo (1991)
Super Mario World was the first game to make me envious of those who had a Super Nintendo over a Sega Genesis. Colorful visuals, a huge world meant to be explored (compared to the Sonic games, it was massive), endless wonders of design and ideas, scary houses, menacing castles, hungry dinosaurs, and evil turtles. This was a game that spawned hours upon hours of joy, a simple game with simple mechanics, but its heart was worn right on its sleeve. Super Mario World is a marvel of video game ingenuity, and a reminder of what this medium is all about. Yeah, Super Mario World made me jealous but in the end...