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