Total Nerd The Best Classic Arcade Games  

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List Rules Games that were released in arcade first from 1970 to 1995.

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. The best arcade games are still around today - albeit in updated forms - in game centers and arcades. 

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 80s arcade games like Frogger or Ms. Pac-Man or sought to reach the final castle in 90s games like 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, many top arcade game titles like Paperboy and Donkey Kong spawned sequels or full series of games. Though 1980s arcade games were 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!

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1,142 313
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

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1,008 272
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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900 266
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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990 209
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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681 262
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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695 274
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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575 246
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

8
586 248
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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601 241
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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429 258
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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490 233
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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430 256
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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374 264
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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401 208
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

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347 205
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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348 215
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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398 196
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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455 208
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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375 221
Joust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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383 201
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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399 181
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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404 166
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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301 190
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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373 206
Tron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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288 232
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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425 154
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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338 175
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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294 212
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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348 176
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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309 183
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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331 175
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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333 177
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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192 174
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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330 91
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
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297 129
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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245 210
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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252 151
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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260 136
1943 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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240 175
Commando is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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184 170
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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179 175
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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249 155
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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212 191
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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158 184
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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157 174
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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175 165
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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199 162
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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161 182
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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156 163
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982

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185 168
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games