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 Wii Sports Product Image

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 Angry Birds Angry Birds Product Image

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.

I was a huge fan when I was a kid. Yep, I played all those games, and I have seen the cartoon before.

3 Minecraft Minecraft Product Image

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.

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!

I remember playing it on the Xbox 360 with my brother and (now-former) neighbors all the time as a kid. That world we created in Creative was simply fantastic.

I remember playing it on the Xbox 360 and it would never update but as old as it was I still liked playing on it. Like going in creative and blowing up a village or beating the game with enchanted diamond armor

4 Mario Kart Wii Mario Kart Wii Product Image

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?

5 Flappy Bird 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 New Super Mario Bros. New Super Mario Bros. Product Image
7 Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy Product Image

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

8 Plants vs Zombies Plants vs Zombies Product Image

As much as I love 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.

9 Poptropica Poptropica Poptropica is an online role-playing game, developed in 2007 by Pearson Education's Family Education Network, and targeted towards children aged 6 to 15. Poptropica was primarily the creation of Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. As of 2015, he remains at the company as the ...read more.
10 Bloons Tower Defense

Personally this is the game that grew up with me. Some of us remember hopping to sandbox and began messing with spicy stuff as soon as we reached rank 25. The Bloons Tower Defense series and its spinoffs were very iconic flash games, with BTD4 and especially BTD5 topping it. It's one of the few games that became better overtime. BTD6 is much more better than its predecessors although it may not fit into Gen Z nostalgia.

The Contenders
11 Fruit Ninja Fruit Ninja Product Image

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.

12 Subway Surfers Subway Surfers Product Image

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.

13 Jetpack Joyride Jetpack Joyride Product Image

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.

14 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Product Image
15 Club Penguin 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.

16 Grand Theft Auto V Grand Theft Auto V Product Image

Of all the mature games out there, GTAV is easily the most iconic one for Gen-Z.

17 Temple Run Temple Run Product Image

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...

This game is my childhood.

18 MySims MySims Product Image

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.

19 Undertale Undertale Product Image

This game ruined my life.

20 Mario Kart DS Mario Kart DS Product Image
21 Akinator Akinator
22 Paper.io

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

23 Five Nights at Freddy's Five Nights at Freddy's Product Image

The jumpscares make the game memorable for nostalgia. FNAF is the first one that comes into mind when mentioning some scary Gen Z stuff.

24 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.

25 Papa's Burgeria Papa's Burgeria Product Image

That glorious moment when you piss off Wally with your 200 gallons of mayonnaise and ketchup burger. Aside from that most of us remember playing the other versions: Pizzeria, Bakeria, Wingeria, Freezeria, etc. One of the most iconic flash games before the software was discontinued.

The golden days of Flash games on Miniclip. All the Papa's games are fun.

The Papa's series was truly great.

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