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

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1,495 480
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

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1,134 392
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,333 279
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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865 369
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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918 370
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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755 329
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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797 341
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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764 325
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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664 294
Defender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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559 344
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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542 334
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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466 348
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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517 277
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games

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433 281
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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467 273
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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610 246
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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530 224
1942 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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525 278
Joust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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505 263
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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537 271
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

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546 213
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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403 242
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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425 237
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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407 290
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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492 254
Tron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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458 219
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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390 258
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

The Best Classic Video Games

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587 206
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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515 125
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
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442 218
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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446 211
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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435 219
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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236 221
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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432 163
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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310 260
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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351 194
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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320 213
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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241 211
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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366 202
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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235 217
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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275 233
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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338 171
1943 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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203 237
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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242 210
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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189 221
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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257 203
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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202 222
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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255 205
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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207 158
Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games