The Best Classic Arcade Games Video Games

The Best Classic Arcade Games

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The best classic arcade games include not only the big, big, BEEG cabinet coin-op arcade games from the crazy 80s, but also many of the best video games of all time. Now played on tiny portable handheld consoles or popular home consoles with wireless controllers and Internet compatibility, modern video games evolved from these classic favorites.

These are the games that many of us remember pumping quarters into as a child as we vowed to beat that high score in the likes of Frogger or Ms. Pac-Man or sought to reach the final castle in Super Mario Bros.

Many of the classic games here left such a lasting impression from their time in the giant arcade versions that they were later released on smaller platforms like the original Nintendo Entertainment System or remade decades later for platforms like the Nintendo Wii.

Similarly, with titles like Paperboy and Donkey Kong, many of the titles spawned sequels or full series of games. Though a far cry from today's games with 3D graphics and graphic violence, these classic games remind us of a simpler time when titles like Pong or Asteroids were enough to entertain us for a few hours. Ah, the good old days!
List Inspired by bri's 1970s Arcade Videogames list.

List Criteria: Arcade games that premiered in the late 70s or 80s

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    Jan 01 1981 More
    100
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    May 22 1980 More
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    Frogger

    Jan 01 1981 More
    96
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    Jun 01 1978 More
    95
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    often listed
    Asteroids

    Jan 01 1979 More
    85
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    the people's #1
    Galaga

    Jan 01 1981 More
    85
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    83
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    Jan 01 1982 More
    81
  9. 9
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    Oct 31 1998 More
    79
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    Jan 01 1983 More
    77
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    Jan 01 1982 More
    74
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    often listed
    Pole Position

    Jan 01 1982 More
    69
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    often listed
    Q*bert

    Jan 01 1982 More
    68
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    Defender

    Jan 01 1980 More
    67
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    Nov 29 1972 More
    67
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    Jan 01 1979 More
    66
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    66
  18. 18
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    Jan 01 1982 More
    65
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    Pitfall!

    Apr 20 1982 More
    65
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    Missile Command

    Jul 01 1980 More
    64
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    Jan 01 1982 More
    62
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    Gauntlet

    Jan 01 1985 More
    62
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    BurgerTime

    Jan 01 1982 More
    61
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    Punch-Out!!

    Feb 01 1984 More
    61
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    61
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    Street Fighter

    Aug 01 1987 More
    60
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    Spy Hunter

    Jan 01 1983 More
    59
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    Aug 01 1992 More
    58
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    Moon Patrol

    Jan 01 1982 More
    58
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    Jan 01 1986 More
    58
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    Star Wars

    Jan 01 1983 More
    58
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    Jan 01 1980 More
    57
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    Dragon's Lair

    Jan 01 1983 More
    56
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    Jan 01 1984 More
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    May 01 1985 More
    55
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    Jan 01 1986 More
    52
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    Berzerk

    Jan 01 1980 More
    52
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    Elevator Action

    Jan 01 1983 More
    52
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    Super Pac-Man

    Jan 01 1982 More
    52
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    Battlezone

    Jan 01 1980 More
    51
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    1943

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    Jan 01 1987 More
    50
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    Time Pilot

    Jan 01 1982 More
    49
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    Oct 31 2003 More
    49
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    Jan 01 1983 More
    49
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    Jan 01 1984 More
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    Breakout

    Jan 01 1976 More
    47
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    Jan 01 1986 More
    47
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    Jan 01 1982 More
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