What games bring you the most nostalgia?


Every year around Christmas time, I boot up one of my many consoles capable of playing Ocarina of Time and give the game whirl. It has been a tradition ever since the games release in 1998. For me, there is nothing more satisfying that curling up with a blanket and walking into Zora’s Domain….especially after Ganondorf freezes over the land of the Zora’s.

For me, there are so many games outside of OoT that give me an extreme sense of nostalgia. What are some of your favorites? Find out mine below.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Still considered by many to be the best game of all time, OoT was completely revolutionary for its time. One of the reasons why I get such a kick out of going back to the game is the extreme sense of remembrance in certain areas of the game. I remember staying home ‘sick’ from school and finally beating the Shadow Temple. I remember yanking the controller from my friend as after he died after an attempt to defeat Twinrova, just knowing that this time I would not fail.

Over the years, Ocarina of Time has been with me through one serious relationship, seven different residences, five pets, three presidents. Even though the almost 15 years has passed since the game was released on the N64, I still get chills every time I hear the eerie sounds of the ocarina on the title menu.

Illusion of Gaia

Anytime I meet a person who has even heard of Illusion of Gaia, it is hard for me to not give them a big kiss on the lips. Illusion of Gaia has long been my answer whenever someone asks me what my favorite game of all time is, and for good reason.

Developed by Quintet and published by Enix, Illusion of Gaia was the first game I had ever played that I really cared about the characters and their stories. Would Kara and Will fall in love? What happened to Seth after he was swallowed by Riverson? Would Will ever find out what happened to his father?

I go back and play Illusion of Gaia from time to time, and the game still hold up remarkably well. If you’re able to find yourself a copy of the game, buy it. Without hesitation. Perhaps you won’t have the same sense of nostalgia I feel for the game, but you will certainly have an enjoyable experience. And that’s an Infendo guarantee.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

It should be no secret that I am a huge Zelda fan, what with two of my three most nostalgic games being from that franchise. There is just something about the magic Miyamoto brought to the series in the early days of the franchise that’s so compelling.

There really isn’t much narrative involved in the game, all of that is left up to the imagination of the player to great effect. Upon entering the Dark World for the first time, there was such a sense of dread and despair that there was no choice but to fight on for the sake of Hyrule. Finally figuring out the blasted Ice Palace after running around in circles for hours on end brought me a sense of accomplishment unlike else at the time.

Throw in optional items, a non-linear overworld, and enemies that turn Link into a rabbit and you have yourself one of the best games on the SNES…nay, one of the best games ever created.

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.


  1. My first video game ever…Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

  2. Mario 64!! & Nobunaga’s Ambition.

  3. Easily the original Legend of Zelda. I remember how my brother and I had to save up money to buy those games ($50 back then was an entire life’s savings). When we finally got it and put the cart in, that opening music was just so epic. Any time I start that game up (still that original cart we bought 25 years ago, in my original NES I bought in the 4th grade), the feeling of nostalgia that washes over me is amazing.

    I still have the box, the instructions, and the fold-out incomplete map that game with the game. When Nintendo Fun Club magazine (yeah, the one BEFORE Nintendo Power) published the ENTIRE map it was so awesome. Of course, we had already mapped all the areas not covered in the map provided, but to have the official version was sweet.

  4. Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros, Luigi’s Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, aaaand The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Yes, three of them are GC games! I’m 19, so that was more than half my life ago, and included in my childhood. XD

  5. Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. You could not pry those games away from the 9-10 year old me with a crowbar, lol.

  6. Super Mario 64.

  7. Super Mario Bros (NES)
    I’ve played that game my whole life, and at ~5min a playthrough.. I can’t even imagine the number of times I’ve beaten that game.. It’s fun, and I still enjoy it.

    Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
    I’m not sure if I can even explain how much I love this game.. It’s my top game of all time. There was so much to do. It had an open world that you could explore.. but gave you enough direction to keep you on track (if you wanted). Doing things out of order, having a good plot, and a sense of urgency once you get the Master Sword.. The bosses, the items.. the puzzles.. The music. Everything in that game overflows with nostalgia for me.

  8. Super Mario Bros. 3 and many other games such as Zelda 1, 2 and 3. Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and so on.

  9. links’s awakening! and golden sun.

  10. Pokemon Yellow, Gold, and basically every N64 game.

  11. The original Metroid. The music still haunts me.