The Top 7… bitchin' fireworks displays

Celebrate early with some of the best games to ever light up the sky

7. Super Mario Bros.

The fireworks that accompanied end-of-level victories in the SMB series over the years have never been all that spectacular, but they were certainly memorable. What child of the %26lsquo;80s didn%26rsquo;t get a thrill when the sky lit up after a particularly stellar finish? Never mind that the explosions were actually tied to the last digit on the level timer %26ndash; it always felt like a reward for extraordinary awesomeness, even if you weren%26rsquo;t sure you%26rsquo;d done anything all that awesome. And even if the %26ldquo;fireworks%26rdquo; were just little round explosions that sounded like a dog barking underwater.

Above: The coolest thing ever, circa 1985

While still round, the fireworks got a little snazzier when Super Mario All-Stars came to the SNES a few years later%26hellip;

And returned once again, more explosively, when New Super Mario Bros. revived the franchise on DS:

And while they%26rsquo;re not quite the same, it wouldn%26rsquo;t be right to completely leave out the fireworks display at the end of Super Mario World, which was pretty much the height of videogame romance, circa 1991:

Above: It was also arguably the height of the romance between Mario and Peach, who since then seem to have settled into either a cartoonishly chaste friendship or a bizarre love triangle with an occasionally gigantic turtle-dragon with anger issues


After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.
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