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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1,412 433
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

2
1,253 341
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

3
1,069 360
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,247 264
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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818 336
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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865 344
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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717 308
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

8
745 321
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

9
722 305
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

10
529 321
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

11
629 277
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

12
520 317
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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442 327
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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432 254
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games

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482 261
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

16
415 262
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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477 247
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

18
570 234
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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490 266
Joust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

20
505 210
1942 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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489 255
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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515 200
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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381 229
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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379 275
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

25
456 240
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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547 192
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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367 247
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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424 207
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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400 221
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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419 206
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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418 204
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

32
409 206
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

33
470 116
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
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225 210
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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394 154
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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

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334 183
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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297 244
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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301 198
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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321 160
1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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225 202
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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332 186
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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224 201
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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261 222
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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193 220
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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230 197
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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246 189
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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179 211
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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194 212
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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237 196
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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197 192
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982