Super Mario World (SNES, 1991)
What better way is there to introduce a successor to the NES than with a new Mario game? Take the biggest franchise in gaming and bring it into the 16-bit era. It was everything we loved about Mario but now bigger, brighter, and better. While Super Mario Bros. 3 was an incredible game in its own right, Super Mario World gave us the biggest Mario adventure yet and introduced Mario’s dinosaur sidekick, Yoshi.
Super Mario World gave us our first taste of what the 16-bit era had in store and pushed the Mario formula so high that it, arguably, has still not been topped.