Top 10 Most Nostalgic Video Games for Gen Z

Looking back, a lot of us have grown up with rather spicy stuff during our childhood. If you belong to Gen Z (late 1990s-2010s), prepare for a ride. This list will introduce you some of the most nostalgic games among Gen Z, and possibly unlock some of your obscure childhood memories.
The Top Ten
1 Wii Sports

When it comes to Gen Z nostalgia, the Wii is one of the first things that comes into mind along with minecraft. An iconic family friendly game alongside its other versions such as Wii Sports Resort and Wii Play. Sleeping on the couch after a long bout of sword fighting was a very cozy childhood.

One of the first video games I've ever played, actually. Had a blast playing this game with my family friends, and neighbours.

The average kid of that generation has played Wii Sports at least once in their life, at home or at a friend's.

2 Mario Kart Wii

My god, when I play this game I have this pleasant feeling inside my chest. Like seriously it's like a separate emotion. Sometimes I feel Mario Kart Wii.

The contender of Wii Sports and its other versions. Very nostalgic regardless.

If you didn't play this did you even grow up in the year 2008?

3 Angry Birds

Some of you may have played the first angry birds version and its other versions too (Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Epic, Angry Birds Rio). Remember that angry birds also had a cartoon? (Angry Birds Toons)

I remember playing countless hours of the OG angry birds game. I may be in the minority but this was the most memorable the other spin-off games like Space Star Wars and whatever else just don't capture the same magic the way this game did

Yeah I remember when I use to really love the Angry Birds games as a kid along with the spinoff Bad Piggies.

4 Minecraft

Almost everyone who played minecraft around 2011-2016 remembers the old textures, the old website, the iconic rose, the old launchers, the creeper hoodie skins, playing the demo version, building a diamond house, and fearing Herobrine. For those who played pocket edition, you may remember the old nether reactor core, stonecutter and the cyan rose. Surreal to think the majority of their fanbases are either in their late-teens or in their adulthood now.

Minecraft is the best selling video game of all time. It has 238M sales & counting. That's more than all Wii games in general as well as all the others. It has become a meme in itself & you can create almost anything & face levels. It's the ultimate Gen-Z game actually. It was fully conquered by the mighty king Alex (known as Technoblade). R.I.P. to the G.O.A.T. (1999-2003).

I used to go on an internet cafe because I don't have a computer and Minecraft at that time. Unfortunately, I can't find my saves since the admin keeps deleting my progresses. What an ass!

5 Flappy Bird

Ah yes, that one addictive game that made everyone rage back in around 2014. For those who didn't play the game, you had to help the bird fly while avoiding the pipes, which was a simple thing but very hard as the pipes left little space, which made timing your jumps pretty hard for most people. Sadly the app was removed shortly after its popularity spiked but there is a website based on the game with the same features that you can still play in.

Flappy Bird was such a sensation for a few years back then.

I still play this in the arcades.

6 Poptropica
7 New Super Mario Bros.

This game is awesome

8 Plants vs Zombies

As much as the sequel this one really takes the cherry on top of a sundae when it comes to nostalgia. Although it's pretty sad thinking your old plants you've raised in the garden left years ago. Don't forget that "there's a zombie in your lawn" song.

Cool and I don't suck

9 Jetpack Joyride

This was popular as Temple Run and Subway Surfers. A solid action-packed game where you can dodge lasers and shoot mad scientists and stuff.

10 Fruit Ninja

That game your friend or cousin introduced you back in your 3rd grade classroom. No doubt it's one of the first mobile games that pop up when your mind flashes back to childhood memories. Fun times competing each other on who gets the most points.

It's available in arcade games tho.

One of my childhood games.

The Contenders
11 MySims

Very similar to animal crossing but it's a more overlooked game compared to the majority of the games of this list. I think a few of you may remember playing this in your childhood years. Personally one of the first video games I've played.

12 Mario Kart DS
13 Akinator
14 Temple Run

This along with Temple Run 2 dominated the app store back in 2012-2015. Basically subway surfers but jungle themed.

I feel the nostalgia of this game. I just remember a guy who has been chased by those three beast.

Another part of my nostalgia...


I wouldn't consider this really nostalgic as it's still a recently released game.

16 Subway Surfers

We can't forget this one. Almost every classmate in school had this app along with fruit ninja and temple run. Some of us even had that one kid who bragged about getting over one million points in this game.

Played so much of this game back then. I remember back when they only had the original music. When they changed it, I have played it in silence ever since because I didn't like it.

Same as Temple Run but with an Inspector.

17 Undertale

My sister Fay used to play it and beat it!

This game ruined my life

This game ruined my life.

18 Club Penguin

This is my personal favorite. I played this game almost every day when I was a kid. Boy, I feel nostalgic just looking at this picture.

19 Clash of Clans

This app peaked in popularity in the years of 2013-2015. Let's admit it. Most of us did the big mistake of rushing their town halls up to level 9 or 10.

20 DragonFable

Basically the singleplayer version of Adventure Quest Worlds.

21 Wizard101

OMG I remember playing this game when I was just a little kid! I had an account that reached level 30 something before forgetting the password for my old account, then I completely forgot the game... ugh the memories...

Ah curse me for not adding this the day I published this list. This is one of those games that I have strong memories playing since 2013. Unfortunately I didn't have premium and I was only able to level up to 20, but the minigames were something that I enjoyed the most.

22 Fate (2005)

A rather obscure hack and slash dungeon crawler game. Pretty addicting overall along with its sequels. Even with its simplistic gameplay mechanics similar to diablo along with its graphics, it really stands the test of time overall

23 had a massive upsurge just a few months after it was released. If you are an old player you may be familiar with prominent clans, such as those like TYT, Hero, NBK, ArcadeGo, etc. These clans used to dominate servers back in the early days. You may also remember the old cartoony versions of skins before they got revamped into more realistic skins. The game died a bit but is still among one of the most popular along with The game didn't change as much as of today except for more cosmetics being added.

I still play this game very occasionally, and I'd say the animated cosmetics are arguably some of the best things they've added.

24 Cut the Rope

This was another classic in the golden years of 2012-2015 which also had its own show like angry birds (Om Nom Stories). Finally getting the candy to Om Nom after hundreds of failed attempts was probably the one of biggest satisfaction in the game.

I remember this very well and id play the game just to stare at the monster all day

25 Super Mario Galaxy

Phenomenal game, in my opinion best 3D Mario although 64 is really good too. Managed to finally beat it earlier this year - the last bowser fight is so good!

One of the staple games for Gen Z childhood nostalgia. I still have very strong memories playing it.

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