The Best Classic Arcade Games Video Games
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The Best Classic Arcade Games

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

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.
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    Frogger

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    Galaga

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    Moon Patrol

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    Street Fighter

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    Paperboy

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