QUIZ: This Nostalgic Video Game Quiz Will Test You on Everything From Pac-Man to Sonic!

Video games have come a long way since the 1980s and 1990s, but gamers continue to crave those old games from yesteryear. Although it’s obvious that video games are way more sophisticated in the 2020s than they were back then, many of the favorite and most beloved games that kids and kids at heart play today wouldn’t even be around if it weren’t for their more retro predecessors. So, in honor of those games, here’s a quiz that’ll make anyone nostalgic for the old days.

Video games have come a long way since the 1980s and 1990s, but gamers continue to crave those old games from yesteryear. Although it’s obvious that video games are way more sophisticated in the 2020s than they were back then, many of the favorite and most beloved games that kids and kids at heart play today wouldn’t even be around if it weren’t for their more retro predecessors. So, in honor of those games, here’s a quiz that’ll make anyone nostalgic for the old days.

What is considered to be the best-selling handheld gaming unit?

  • Nintendo Switch
  • Gameboy
  • Game Gear
  • Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS was released between 2004 and 2005. And it made gamers very happy because it was a sophisticated handheld device that provided up to 19 hours of gameplay on one charge.

The Nintendo DS was released between 2004 and 2005. And it made gamers very happy because it was a sophisticated handheld device that provided up to 19 hours of gameplay on one charge.

This Nintendo character had to save a princess, but his name wasn’t Mario. Who is he?

  • June Bug
  • Link
  • Ralph
  • Metroid

In the original Nintendo game, “Legend of Zelda,” Link had to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon by first locating eight pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. Along the way, he had to use his trusty sword to vanquish all sorts of nasty creatures.

In the original Nintendo game, “Legend of Zelda,” Link had to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon by first locating eight pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. Along the way, he had to use his trusty sword to vanquish all sorts of nasty creatures.

Which video game character first appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

  • Bionic Commando
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Link from the Legend of Zelda

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924, but it wasn’t until 1993 that Sonic the Hedgehog was featured as a balloon for Sega of America to promote its upcoming release of the video game.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924, but it wasn’t until 1993 that Sonic the Hedgehog was featured as a balloon for Sega of America to promote its upcoming release of the video game.

Crash Bandicoot has a sister, but what’s her name?

  • Coco
  • Dixie
  • Pam
  • Aisha

Coco Bandicoot is Crash’s little sister. Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nitrus Brio genetically engineered her using their Evolvo-Ray, which is also how Crash was made.

Coco Bandicoot is Crash’s little sister. Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nitrus Brio genetically engineered her using their Evolvo-Ray, which is also how Crash was made.

The person responsible for the Game Boy worked at Nintendo as what?

  • A medical doctor
  • A receptionist
  • A janitor
  • An assistant

A man named Gunpei Yokoi worked as a janitor and an assembly line worker at Nintendo. Eventually, he became a game developer within the company and he ultimately came up with the first idea of the Game Boy.

A man named Gunpei Yokoi worked as a janitor and an assembly line worker at Nintendo. Eventually, he became a game developer within the company and he ultimately came up with the first idea of the Game Boy.

Which food inspired a game designer to create Pac-Man?

  • Pizza
  • Sushi
  • Mushrooms
  • Burgers

Toru Iwatani, the man who created Pac-Man, was eating a pizza when he suddenly came up with the idea. But that origin story definitely doesn’t explain how the ghosts in the game tie into eating pizza.

Toru Iwatani, the man who created Pac-Man, was eating a pizza when he suddenly came up with the idea. But that origin story definitely doesn’t explain how the ghosts in the game tie into eating pizza.

Before Mario became Super, he was known by another name.

  • The Plumber
  • The Dude
  • Barrio Boy
  • Jump Man

In the arcade version of Donkey Kong, the character we fondly know as Mario was called Jump Man. Eventually, the character got his own game spin-off, so to speak, and Jump Man became Super Mario.

In the arcade version of Donkey Kong, the character we fondly know as Mario was called Jump Man. Eventually, the character got his own game spin-off, so to speak, and Jump Man became Super Mario.

To what game does the character Nina Williams belong?

  • Street Fighter
  • Tekken
  • Virtua Fighter
  • Soul Caliber

Nina Williams made her debut in the original Tekken and has been a part of every version of the game. The character is described as a cold-blooded assassin with deadly fighting skills.

Nina Williams made her debut in the original Tekken and has been a part of every version of the game. The character is described as a cold-blooded assassin with deadly fighting skills.

Before Nintendo and Playstation, this dining franchise was partially responsible for the Atari game console.

  • McDonald’s
  • Chuck E. Cheese
  • Burger King
  • Wendy’s

The founder of the kid’s dining franchise, Chuck E. Cheese, was also responsible for the creation of the Atari, a game console that entertained thousands before the first Nintendo game system arrived on the market.

The founder of the kid’s dining franchise, Chuck E. Cheese, was also responsible for the creation of the Atari, a game console that entertained thousands before the first Nintendo game system arrived on the market.

Which of the following video games was released first?

  • Dino Crisis
  • Silent Hill
  • Doom
  • Resident Evil

Doom was a first-person game that was first released back in 1993 and involved shooting bad guys. It was bloody. Then in 2016, the game was rebooted and continued to offer the same gory elements that gamers loved from the original.

Doom was a first-person game that was first released back in 1993 and involved shooting bad guys. It was bloody. Then in 2016, the game was rebooted and continued to offer the same gory elements that gamers loved from the original.

Which of these was the last Super Mario video game released in the 1990s?

  • Super Mario 64
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario 64 made its debut in 1996. It was the final Super Mario game released by Nintendo in the 1990s. Fortunately, Super Mario fans rejoiced in 2002 when another new game was released.

Super Mario 64 made its debut in 1996. It was the final Super Mario game released by Nintendo in the 1990s. Fortunately, Super Mario fans rejoiced in 2002 when another new game was released.

What was the name of this epic point-and-click graphic adventure?

  • Sam & Max
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Max Saves the World
  • Grim Fandango

The episodic series about Sam, a six-foot-tall dog investigator, and Max, his weirdly unique rabbit sidekick, was created by Steve Purcell and developed as a graphic adventure video game by LucasArts.

The episodic series about Sam, a six-foot-tall dog investigator, and Max, his weirdly unique rabbit sidekick, was created by Steve Purcell and developed as a graphic adventure video game by LucasArts.

Name a character that HASN’T appeared in the Final Fantasy franchise.

  • Cloud Strife
  • Vane Valentine
  • Tifa Lockhart
  • Aerith Gainsborough

It was actually Vincent Valentine who was a playable character in the franchise, more specifically, in "Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII." Vincent is a Turk whose job is to defend Lucrecia Crescent, a Shinra scientist. Vincent ends up falling in love with her.

It was actually Vincent Valentine who was a playable character in the franchise, more specifically, in "Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII." Vincent is a Turk whose job is to defend Lucrecia Crescent, a Shinra scientist. Vincent ends up falling in love with her.

What was the name of the first successful video game that helped establish the video game industry?

  • Pong
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetris
  • Godzilla

Pong was the first video game to be successful commercially. In 1972, the first prototype of the game was placed in a bar in Sunnyvale. Thanks to its simplicity and how easy it was to learn the rules, the game was a major success.

Pong was the first video game to be successful commercially. In 1972, the first prototype of the game was placed in a bar in Sunnyvale. Thanks to its simplicity and how easy it was to learn the rules, the game was a major success.

Which video game character became more popular than Mickey Mouse?

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Super Mario
  • Pikachu
  • Pac-Man

Super Mario, the little guy with the thick mustache, became the most popular character with American kids in the '90s according to ´Q´ ratings.

Super Mario, the little guy with the thick mustache, became the most popular character with American kids in the '90s according to ´Q´ ratings.

Which of the following games was the all-time most successful video game ever?

  • Minecraft
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Guitar Hero
  • Tetris

Minecraft, along with GTA, have been at the forefront of the bestselling games of all time. Released by Mojang Studios, the sandbox video game known as Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time. They currently boast over 200,000,000 copies sold plus over 120 million current users.

Minecraft, along with GTA, have been at the forefront of the bestselling games of all time. Released by Mojang Studios, the sandbox video game known as Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time. They currently boast over 200,000,000 copies sold plus over 120 million current users.

In 1991, Sony announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that it was working on a project with Nintendo. They wanted to create a new video game console that would be all the hype. What happened next?

  • They released the Nintendo Wii
  • Nintendo betrayed Sony and partnered with Phillips
  • They split amicably
  • They came up with Sega

Behind the scenes, the Sony/Nintendo partnership was not working out. So the day after Sony made its announcement, Nintendo let the world know they were dropping Sony and were now working exclusively with Phillips. Eventually, Sony went solo and came up with their own video game console, the Sony PlayStation, which was a major success.

Behind the scenes, the Sony/Nintendo partnership was not working out. So the day after Sony made its announcement, Nintendo let the world know they were dropping Sony and were now working exclusively with Phillips. Eventually, Sony went solo and came up with their own video game console, the Sony PlayStation, which was a major success.

What controversy surrounded the launch of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas?

  • Parents feared their children would become more violent
  • Schools banned the game
  • It was banned in 72 countries
  • Hackers released the controversial Hot Coffee Mod

This patch allowed users to access a NSFW mini game that game developers didn't want players to access. As you can imagine, this created an uproar in the media and some retailers even pulled the game from shelves.

This patch allowed users to access a NSFW mini game that game developers didn't want players to access. As you can imagine, this created an uproar in the media and some retailers even pulled the game from shelves.

Name the last Super Mario video game released in the franchise.

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Super Mario 3D World

In November of 2020, Nintendo released a historical compilation that included 3 collectible games: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and Ball.

In November of 2020, Nintendo released a historical compilation that included 3 collectible games: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and Ball.

What inspired Satoshi Tajiri to come up with Pokémon?

  • A bird
  • He dreamed about it
  • A beloved childhood memory
  • His love for collecting bugs

Satoshi spends his days collecting bugs, so he figured other people would have a blast collecting things too. With this simple idea in mind, he came up with a video game idea called Capsule Monsters, in which users could collect and share different creatures.

Satoshi spends his days collecting bugs, so he figured other people would have a blast collecting things too. With this simple idea in mind, he came up with a video game idea called Capsule Monsters, in which users could collect and share different creatures.

Which of the following horror video games was released first?

  • Diablo
  • Doom
  • Resident Evil
  • Silent Hill

The video game series was designed by John Carmack, Tom Hall, John Romero, Adrian Carmack, and Kevin Cloud and was released on December 10, 1993. The next year, Doom II: Hell on Earth was released.

The video game series was designed by John Carmack, Tom Hall, John Romero, Adrian Carmack, and Kevin Cloud and was released on December 10, 1993. The next year, Doom II: Hell on Earth was released.

Name the highest selling game system known to man.

  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation 1
  • Sega
  • Wii

With a whopping 157.68 million units sold around the world, the PlayStation 2 is the best-selling game system ever.

With a whopping 157.68 million units sold around the world, the PlayStation 2 is the best-selling game system ever.

What is this popular duo called? Name these characters:

  • Leon and Claire
  • Clarissa and Leon
  • Leon and Kler
  • Leon and Clarisse

The iconic duo of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield are the lead characters of the uber popular game Resident Evil. Leon and Claire survived a biohazard attack in Raccoon City.

The iconic duo of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield are the lead characters of the uber popular game Resident Evil. Leon and Claire survived a biohazard attack in Raccoon City.

What is the first region of the Pokémon world called?

  • Tokyo
  • Galgar
  • Kanto
  • Grogu

The first Pokémon game, which came in both red and green versions, was released in Japan on February 27, 1996. In 2021, Pokémon celebrated their 25th anniversary of games, cards and entertainment.

The first Pokémon game, which came in both red and green versions, was released in Japan on February 27, 1996. In 2021, Pokémon celebrated their 25th anniversary of games, cards and entertainment.

What is this video game character’s name?

  • Figment
  • Spyro
  • Kylo
  • Banjo

The first game of the Spyro series, Spyro the Dragon, was released in 1998 for the PlayStation console. The original game was a huge success and went on to sell over five million copies worldwide.

The first game of the Spyro series, Spyro the Dragon, was released in 1998 for the PlayStation console. The original game was a huge success and went on to sell over five million copies worldwide.

Who was the main villain in the original Tomb Raider game?

  • Alex West
  • Mr. Pimms
  • Jacquelina Natla
  • Werner Von Croy

The original Tomb Raider game was released in 1996 and it was such a huge success that it lead to a feature film titled “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” which starred Angelina Jolie in the lead role.

The original Tomb Raider game was released in 1996 and it was such a huge success that it lead to a feature film titled “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” which starred Angelina Jolie in the lead role.

Why was the game “The Sims” originally made?

  • To mock human nature
  • As a wedding planner
  • To teach children about adulthood
  • As an architecture simulator

The Sims characters were only added into original versions of the would-be architecture simulator to add more realism to the designs. The game was later retooled and released for Microsoft Windows in 2000.

The Sims characters were only added into original versions of the would-be architecture simulator to add more realism to the designs. The game was later retooled and released for Microsoft Windows in 2000.

Which band made more money from sales of the game Guitar Hero than sales of their actual albums?

  • The Who
  • Pink Floyd
  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC

In 2007, Aerosmith licensed 29 of their songs to the video game publisher Activision and their game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith went on to sell over 4 million copies. In contrast, Aerosmith’s 2004 album “Honkin’ on Bobo” only sold about 160,000 copies.

In 2007, Aerosmith licensed 29 of their songs to the video game publisher Activision and their game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith went on to sell over 4 million copies. In contrast, Aerosmith’s 2004 album “Honkin’ on Bobo” only sold about 160,000 copies.

In which Sega game did Sonic the Hedgehog first appear?

  • Rad Mobile
  • Donkey Kong
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Air Driver

Rad Mobile was released in arcades in February of 1991, just five months before the first Sonic the Hedgehog game would be released. Sonic appears as an ornament hanging from the driver’s rearview mirror.

Rad Mobile was released in arcades in February of 1991, just five months before the first Sonic the Hedgehog game would be released. Sonic appears as an ornament hanging from the driver’s rearview mirror.

Which video game was developed in 1962 and went on to inspire arcade games?

  • Galaga
  • Tetris
  • Asteroids
  • Spacewar!

Spacewar! is often referred to as the first video game because it was developed in the early ‘60s. The game took inspiration from science fiction and space travel and it became very popular in the computer programming community of the time.

Spacewar! is often referred to as the first video game because it was developed in the early ‘60s. The game took inspiration from science fiction and space travel and it became very popular in the computer programming community of the time.

What is the highest grossing movie based on a video game?

  • Resident Evil
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Warcraft
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

“Warcraft” was released in 2016 and was based on the popular game series “World of Warcraft.” The film grossed $439 million at the box office and “Detective Pikachu comes in a close second in this list, having grossed $433 million.

“Warcraft” was released in 2016 and was based on the popular game series “World of Warcraft.” The film grossed $439 million at the box office and “Detective Pikachu comes in a close second in this list, having grossed $433 million.

What movie franchise inspired the Doom games?

  • Dune
  • Alien
  • Mad Max
  • The Terminator

The team behind Doom first started developing the original game in 1992 and they found inspiration from the 1986 movie “Aliens” and the 1987 horror film “Evil Dead II.”

The team behind Doom first started developing the original game in 1992 and they found inspiration from the 1986 movie “Aliens” and the 1987 horror film “Evil Dead II.”

Google created a playable Pac-Man game for its homepage in 2010. How many hours of gameplay did it receive from internet users?

  • 500,000 hours
  • 1 million hours
  • 3 million hours
  • 5 million hours

Pac-Man was originally released in 1980, making 2010 the 30th anniversary of the iconic game. Google brought their playable version back to their site in 2020 because of its popularity.

Pac-Man was originally released in 1980, making 2010 the 30th anniversary of the iconic game. Google brought their playable version back to their site in 2020 because of its popularity.

What popular streaming service that allowed users to stream video games while chatting to viewers launched in 2011?

  • YouTube
  • Mixer
  • Twitch
  • Instagram Live

In 2013, the site Twitch had over 45 million unique viewers and by 2014, it was considered the fourth largest source of internet traffic in the United States.

In 2013, the site Twitch had over 45 million unique viewers and by 2014, it was considered the fourth largest source of internet traffic in the United States.

For which gamer’s ailment was Nintendo sued for in 2000?

  • Poor posture
  • Motion sickness
  • Finger blisters
  • Tunnel vision

In 2000, Nintendo received complaints from parents whose children had suffered blisters and burns while playing Mario Party. The parents later filed a lawsuit and Nintendo offered free gaming gloves to all Mario Party owners who requested them.

In 2000, Nintendo received complaints from parents whose children had suffered blisters and burns while playing Mario Party. The parents later filed a lawsuit and Nintendo offered free gaming gloves to all Mario Party owners who requested them.

Which video game console failed in sales, becoming Sega’s last console?

  • Dreamcast
  • Playstation 2
  • Atari
  • NES

The Dreamcast sold millions of units, but that wasn’t enough to save the SEGA gaming company, who just couldn’t compete with the incredible sales of both Nintendo and Sony. Some games for the Dreamcast included Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio and Shenmue.

The Dreamcast sold millions of units, but that wasn’t enough to save the SEGA gaming company, who just couldn’t compete with the incredible sales of both Nintendo and Sony. Some games for the Dreamcast included Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio and Shenmue.

What is the name of Mario’s dinosaur sidekick?

  • Toad
  • Yoshi
  • Luigi
  • Peach

Yoshi first debuted in the game Super Mario World, which was released in 1990. The popular character went on to star in its own games in including Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Story and Yoshi’s Crafted World.

Yoshi first debuted in the game Super Mario World, which was released in 1990. The popular character went on to star in its own games in including Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Story and Yoshi’s Crafted World.

The Umbrella Corporation is a fictitious pharmaceutical company in which game?

  • The Evil Within
  • The Last of Us
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Resident Evil

The first Resident Evil game was released in 1996 and reawakened gamers’ love for fighting zombies. The series is gaming company Capcom’s best selling video game franchise and has sold over 105 million units.

The first Resident Evil game was released in 1996 and reawakened gamers’ love for fighting zombies. The series is gaming company Capcom’s best selling video game franchise and has sold over 105 million units.

What product did the Nintendo company release before they sold video games?

  • Cooking utensils
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Playing cards
  • Massage chairs

The Nintendo company was founded in 1889 and the company produced playing cards and toys before they ventured into video games in the ‘70s. Nintendo distributed their first video game console, the Color TV-Game in Japan in 1977.

The Nintendo company was founded in 1889 and the company produced playing cards and toys before they ventured into video games in the ‘70s. Nintendo distributed their first video game console, the Color TV-Game in Japan in 1977.

What is the name of this classic character?

  • Bomberman
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Diddy Kong
  • Princess Peach

Bomberman was a strategic maze game that was released in Japan in 1985. The most recent version of the game, Super Bomberman R Online, was released on September 1, 2020 on the platform Stadia.

Bomberman was a strategic maze game that was released in Japan in 1985. The most recent version of the game, Super Bomberman R Online, was released on September 1, 2020 on the platform Stadia.

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