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

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1,027 279
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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917 275
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,014 212
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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696 268
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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710 283
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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593 251
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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601 256
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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613 248
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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503 238
Defender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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436 265
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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440 264
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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380 272
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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406 212
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

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352 209
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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353 218
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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408 199
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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387 224
Joust is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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464 211
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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393 207
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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407 183
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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413 170
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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309 192
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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384 208
Tron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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297 236
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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438 156
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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347 178
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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302 215
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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354 179
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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316 187
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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337 179
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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339 181
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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347 92
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
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196 179
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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308 132
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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262 156
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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249 215
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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267 137
1943 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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250 177
Commando is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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189 172
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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261 159
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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183 180
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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214 195
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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161 188
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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163 180
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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180 167
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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203 166
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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165 185
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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163 165
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982

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190 171
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games