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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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2.575 1.001
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina o... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.892 1.224
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Pac-Man 1980

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1.967 1.048
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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2.638 406
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.641 895
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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2.282 396
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.727 599
Super Mario Kart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.293 998
Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.456 721
Doom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Doom 1993

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1.667 436
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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1.568 651
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.638 381
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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1.504 422
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.221 706
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.103 708
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Galaga 1981

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1.131 648
Contra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Contra 1987

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1.190 555
Super Smash Bros. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.130 319
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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821 744
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Paperboy 1984

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702 637
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Gauntlet 1987

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822 807
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Dig Dug 1982

The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

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997 437
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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1.148 617
Pokémon Red and Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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608 274
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Metroid 1986

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944 554
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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718 620
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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789 546
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
NBA Jam 1993

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871 517
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

The 8 Most Dangerous And Deadly Flowers in Video Games

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813 306
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Tetris 1985

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780 452
Metal Gear Solid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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489 352
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
joakim742 added SimCity 1989

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874 230
Mario Kart 64 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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495 612
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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552 402
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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579 478
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Asteroids 1979

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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737 305
Final Fantasy VII is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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710 479
Grand Theft Auto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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999 249
GoldenEye 007 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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541 500
Mario Party is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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433 239
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Aw... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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491 416
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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265 235
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 Nostalgia-Inducing '90s Toys

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446 327
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
joakim742 added SimCity 2000 1993

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605 227
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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421 566
Defender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Defender 1980

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873 283
Super Mario 64 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Video Games

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642 334
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
midnightq2 added Resident Evil 1996

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535 498
Pitfall! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Pitfall! 1982

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262 212
Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Video Games
Stargoose added Lemmings 1991

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553 274
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Video Games