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List Rules Video games released between 1960 to 2000.

Top classic video games from the early years of gaming. This list contains the best games released on any system (arcade, home consoles, portable devices) from the 1960s through the year 2000 (which for this list would be considered the start of the "modern era" of gaming.) This includes all the essential games from the era of the arcade, as well as the original 8-bit consoles and their 16-bit follow-ups.

Many of the retro games on this list have remained extremely popular to this present day, and are often still played by passionate fans on preserved consoles or on computers via emulator software. Some of these games are part of ongoing franchises that have remained vital to this day, such as the classic "Mario Bros." games, "Legend of Zelda" titles and fighting games like "Mortal Kombat."

Experimental video games have been around since the 1950s, but it was two game breakthroughs in the early 1970s that really brought games more mainstream attention. "Spacewar!," released in 1961, became popular enough to generate about 1500 individual arcade machines, but was so complicated to learn that it failed to really develop mass appeal. The same was not true of 1972's "Pong," from the same creators, that recreated table tennis for arcades and eventually sold nearly 20,000 machines. By the late 1970s, video game consoles for the home were becoming more commonplace, with both the Intellivision and ColecoVision competing in toy stores and introducing many of the titles we're still familiar with today (including the original "Donkey Kong" and "Space Invaders.")

1978 is traditionally considered the start of the Golden Age of video games, particularly in terms of arcade games, with the introduction of numerous beloved retro titles (including "Frogger" and "Galaxian.") Finally, in 1985, Nintendo introduced the first Nintendo Entertainment System to stores, bundled with the game "Super Mario Bros.," a landmark release in console history.
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2,475 925
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1,783 1,175
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Pac-Man 1980

3
1,881 987
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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2,527 385
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1,572 849
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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2,181 371
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1,654 564
Super Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

8
1,245 950
Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

9
1,394 683
Doom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Doom 1993

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1,600 405
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
midnightq2 added The Legend of Zelda

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1,508 619
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1,567 362
Super Mario World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
midnightq2 added Super Mario World 1990

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1,435 394
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1,154 683
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

Famous Teenage Mothers

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1,054 679
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Galaga 1981

16
1,077 618
Contra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Contra 1987

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1,147 527
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

18
1,067 303
Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
JoshuaMonson added Sonic the Hedgehog 1991

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683 602
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Gauntlet 1987

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789 712
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Paperboy 1984

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961 410
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

The 8 Most Dangerous And Deadly Flowers in Video Games

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789 778
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Dig Dug 1982

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1,108 589
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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578 255
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Metroid 1986

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910 533
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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685 601
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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762 524
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
NBA Jam 1993

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841 492
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

The Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s Toys

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775 288
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Tetris 1985

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467 328
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
joakim742 added SimCity 1989

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752 432
Metal Gear Solid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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481 583
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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830 215
Mario Kart 64 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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530 377
Final Fantasy VI is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
midnightq2 added Final Fantasy VI 1994

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557 455
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Asteroids 1979

The Best Games To Play Online

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708 287
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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685 459
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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961 236
GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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520 484
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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477 397
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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405 225
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Aw... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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248 212
Prince of Persia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
The COCK added Prince of Persia 1989

The Most Popular Video Games Right Now

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427 308
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
joakim742 added SimCity 2000 1993

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570 213
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Duck Hunt 1984

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402 546
Defender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Defender 1980

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826 273
Super Mario 64 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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522 476
Pitfall! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Pitfall! 1982

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616 322
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
midnightq2 added Resident Evil 1996

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248 198
Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Stargoose added Lemmings 1991

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527 264
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Video Games