In the early days of gaming, you were lucky if you got an ending at all. Usually it was just a perfunctory black screen saying "Now try in a harder difficulty setting!" or a heartbreakingly cruel kick back to the title screen. But some of the old games got it right, rewarding your hard work with a memorable climax and here, we're looking at some of the best game endings from yesteryear. Obvious spoiler alert.
1. Super Mario World (SNES)
Bowser has been terrorising the peaceful Dinosaur Kingdom, trapping its hapless inhabitants in eggs. What an absolute git. Luckily, Mario is on the case and this time he has help from his old pal, Yoshi. This is, of course, Super Mario World, the game widely regarded as the all-time highlight in the absolutely vast library of amazing SNES games.
It wasn't famed for its story, which was pretty light; it was all about the perfect platforming, the dazzling visuals and the catchy music. But that doesn't mean there wasn't a proper ending to enjoy.
After defeating his nemesis, Mario rescues the Princess and leads the captured dinosaurs back to the safety of Yoshi's house, and they all have a party. As they dance with joy and cheery music plays, the words THANK YOU appear on the screen in big, shiny letters. When was the last time a game actually thanked you for finishing it?