Celebrate Stranger Things with Titles Inspired by Iconic '80s Video Game Franchises

Nostalgic for the 1980s? With the release of Stranger Things, kids and parents alike might be feeling totally tubular! This decade served as an important time for the rise of video games. From arcades to the home computer, the '80s documented the popularity of notable titles like Super Mario, Pac-Man, and Tetris. These games have stood the test of time with various franchises and reboots. Even in 2022, kids can still enjoy these classic games. Toast up an Eggo Waffle, take a break from "Running up that Hill," and enjoy these super rad video games from the 1980s' most popular franchises. For more nostalgic selections, check out the Best '80s Movies and even more Mario Games.

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APP

PAC-MAN

age 7+

Slick recreation of the classic game with live chat option.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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GAME

Pac-Man 256

age 7+

Unique, entertaining twist on classic arcade game.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2016)
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GAME

Donkey Kong Country Returns

age 8+

Highly enjoyable new spin on a classic, now with co-op.

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS (2010)
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GAME

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

age 8+

Classic adventures get new life in updated portable device.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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GAME

Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

age 8+

Portable device brings set of adventures to new audiences.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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GAME

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

age 8+

Great action remake will appeal to multiple generations.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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GAME

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

age 8+

Mario & friends bring fast-paced Wii U classics to Switch.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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GAME

Pac-Man 99

age 8+

Competitive pellet munching puts fun spin on battle royale.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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GAME

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition

age 8+

Fun, balanced puzzler with StreetPass features.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2015)
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APP

Tetris

age 8+

Logic-based game would benefit from fewer ads.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2020)
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GAME

Tetris Beat

age 8+

Fun fusion of Tetris puzzles and rhythm games.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2021)
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GAME

Tetris Effect: Connected

age 8+

Family-friendly puzzler gets new multiplayer modes.

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GAME

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

age 10+

Fun but hard platformer could frustrate younger players.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U (2018)
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GAME

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

age 10+

An exceptionally fun, challenging, and charming game.

Platforms: Nintendo 3DS (2015)
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GAME

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

age 10+

Stellar fantasy adventure gets refreshed for the Switch.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2021)
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GAME

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle – Donkey Kong Adventure

age 10+

Donkey Kong conquers strategy world in an amazing expansion.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2018)
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GAME

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2

age 10+

Action compilation has lots of play, some weak episodes.

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APP

SimCity

age 10+

City building at its complicated best; worth the effort.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2009)
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GAME

Prince of Persia

age 12+

Majestic platformer with colorful, vibrant landscapes.

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (2008)
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APP

Contra Returns

age 13+

Classic-style arcade shooter hits mobile from the consoles.

Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android (2021)
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