best video games 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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Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Defender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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

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Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

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Pong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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

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

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

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Joust is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tempest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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

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

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Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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

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Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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

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

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

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

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

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Pac Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games