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I remember 1981 and seeing this game with a monkey rolling barrels down and thought “that’s just stupid” – $10 in quarters later I was hooked. The first appearance of Mario in a video game – and remember Princess Pauline? I always thought she just didn’t want to get caught. Nothing quite like “Donkey Kong” was there? (remember the knockoff version “Crazy Kong”)

Arcade Game: Donkey Kong (1981 Nintendo)

n absolutely legendary arcade game in which the player takes on the role of Mario - who makes his debut in this game, and would go on to become a gaming legend - and must battle his way to the top of each level to rescue his beloved Pauline; who