90s Kids Shows, Movies, Games, Toys

Top 10 90s Kids Shows Movies and Games

90s kids are now becoming today’s parents. A ten year old 20 years ago is now likely becoming a parent herself. How do entertainment trends and pop culture icons of the 90s kids compare with those of today’s kids?  How have 90s kids shows, movies, games and toys evolved over the last 20 years? Interestingly, the jump isn’t as much as you might think. Some of the favourites of the 90s kids still hold strong with today’s kids (sure, perhaps with a facelift here and there) with things like SpongeBob Squarepants, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Super Mario and Pokémon resonating well with both generations.  One could easily argue that the shift in the previous generation (from the 70s to the 90s) is much more dramatic, with jumps such as Arcade Pong to Super Nintendo or School House Rock and Super Friends to Tiny Toons and the Animaniacs. There are many new cool shows, movies, games and toys today, but they tend to fit the 90s kids profile (now becoming parents) as much as they do the latest generation, and furthermore, the newest breed of entertainment often echoes classics from the 90s. Here’s a quick look at top ten 90s kids shows, movies, games and toys as compared with today’s top ten examples. You be the judge of what unites or separates the generations.


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Kids Shows Then & Now


Well, one universal truth seems to be that kids shows are often in fact advertising for kids games and toys. True then. True now. Here are the top 10 kids shows in the 90s and now, according to TV.com.


90s Kids Shows – Top 10

Top 10 90s Kids Shows

1. Yu-Gi-Oh!
2. Pokémon
3. SpongeBob SquarePants
4. Full House
5. Power Rangers
6. Spider-Man: The Animated Series
7. X-Men
8. Tiny Toon Adventures
9. Goosebumps
10. The Magic School Bus


Today’s Kids Shows – Top 10

Top 10 Kids Shows

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2. Pokémon
3. SpongeBob SquarePants
4. Winx Club
5. Power Rangers (return)
6. Hannah Montana
7. Adventure Time
8. iCarly
9. Good Luck Charlie
10. Inuyasha




Kids & Family Movies – Then & Now 


How do 90s kids movies and today’s kids movies compare? Here are the top 10 grossing G & PG movies for both 90s kids and today’s kids according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.


90s Kids Movies – Top 10 (20 Years Ago – 1993 to 1997)

90s Kids Movies

1. The Lion King
2. Toy Story
3. The Santa Clause
4. Pocahontas
5. 101 Dalmatians (1996)
6. The Flintstones
7. George of the Jungle
8. Maverick
9. Jumanji
10. Casper


Today’s Kid Movies – Top 10

Best Kids Movies 2013

1. Despicable Me 2
2. Monsters University
3. Oz The Great and Powerful
4. The Croods
5. Epic
6. Brave
7. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
8. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
9. Wreck-It Ralph
10. Ice Age: Continental Drift




Kids Video Games – Then & Now


The 80s and 90s kids saw big growth in video games as a key form of entertainment. Even 20 years ago, coin operated arcade games were well on their way out with the firm establishment of home console systems, lead at the time by Nintendo and Sega. Although consoles still make up a big chunk of kids video games today, the rise of mobile and internet games now also takes up a big chunk.

Here’s a list of the top selling console video games on a global level (filtered for kids games) according to VGChartz Game Database.



90s Kids Video Games – Top 10 (20 Years Ago – 1993 to 1998)

Top 10 90s Kids Video Games

1. Pokémon Red / Green / Blue Version
2. Super Mario 64
3. Super Mario All-Stars
4. Mario Kart 64
5. Donkey Kong Country
6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
7. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
8. Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land
9. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
10. Spyro the Dragon


Today’s Kids Video Games – Top 10 (since 2010)

Best Kids Video Games 2013

1. Kinect Adventures!
2. Pokémon Black / White Version
3. Just Dance
4. Super Mario 3D Land
5. Mario Kart 7
6. Wii Party
7. Super Mario Galaxy 2
8. FIFA Soccer 13
9. Zumba Fitness
10. New Super Mario Bros. 2




Kids Board Games – Then & Now


According to Ask.com, Monopoly has clearly been the best selling family board game of all time. Besides Monopoly, which games peeked 20 years ago vs. now?


90s Kids Board Games – Top 10
(With insights from Yahoo Answers, Urlesque.com, Legacy.Syncrocloud.com)


Top 10 90s Kids Board Games

1. Pictionary
2. Hungry Hungry Hippos
3. Connect Four
4. Perfection
5. Guess Who
6. Boggle
7. Trouble
8. Jenga
9. Mall Madness
10. Sorry


Today’s Kids Board Games – Top 10
(With sales info from Amazon.com)

Top 10 Kids Board Games

1. Qwirkle
2. The Settlers of Catan
3. Ticket To Ride
4. Rory’s Story Cubes
5. HedBanz Game
6. Bananagrams
7. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
8. Blokus
9. Rummikub
10. Candy Land





Kids Toys – Then & Now


Interestingly, when it comes to toys for kids, Lego is an eternal classic (now with extra popularity for Lego packs that feature Super Heroes and Star Wars, as well as a new Lego line targeted at young girls, called Friends). Which toys were popular with 90s kids vs. kids today?



90s Kids Toys – Top 10

(With insight from Your90s.com, BuzzFeed.com, Yahoo Voices, Guyism.com, Ranker.com)


Top 10 90s Kids Toys

1. Pogs
2. Super Soaker
3. Pogo Ball
4. Tamagotchi
5. Polly Pocket
6. Beanie Babies
7. Pokemon Cards
8. Powerwheels Jeep
9. Furby
10. Koosh Balls


Today’s Kids Toys – Top 10
(Based on Sales info and insights from Toys R Us, Amazon.comSquidoo.com)

Top 10 Kids Toys

1. Lego (Super Heroes, Friends, Nijago, Minecraft, Star Wars)
2. Kurio Kids Tablet
3. Monster High Figurines
4. Skywalker Trampoline
5. VINCI Tab II 7″ Touch Learning Tablet
6. LeapFrog LeapPad
7. Twistz Bandz Rainbow Loom
8. Mega Bloks Halo Hero Pack
9. Zoomer
10. Disney Planes Sky Track Challenge









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