Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Original Release: 1999, Platforms: Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Windows
Say what you will about The Phantom Menace, but that pod race was amazing. I'd even say it was the best scene in the entire film, setting Anakin up as an underdog and pacing the action across three tensely nerve-wracking laps that felt truly exciting to watch. Of course, that prompted the creation of one of the more successful Episode I video games: Star Wars Episode I: Racer. And while it only got one sequel off the ground, it remains the top-selling sci-fi racing game of all time, outselling even the classic F-Zero.
Starting from the Boonta course on Tatooine, Racer took players across 25 tracks on 8 different worlds. Winning races allowed players to unlock tracks, but also new racers and pods. You can also upgrade pods using your in-game winnings, increasing your abilities as a professional pod racer across each tournament. I, for one, would immensely enjoy a re-release, assuming future installments aren't currently in the cards.