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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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1,056 286
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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934 290
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,049 219
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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712 281
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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731 292
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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607 259
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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626 263
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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628 258
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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519 243
Defender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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445 275
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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450 274
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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391 281
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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415 221
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

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360 217
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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363 225
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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418 207
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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404 229
Joust is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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480 212
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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408 213
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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416 186
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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425 173
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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321 197
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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315 241
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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397 213
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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452 159
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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359 180
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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311 220
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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363 182
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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325 193
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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347 181
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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351 183
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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364 95
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
RyuKang1995 added Street Fighter II 1992

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202 183
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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323 135
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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272 160
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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255 219
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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257 181
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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274 141
1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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194 178
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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272 162
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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187 183
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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221 198
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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164 193
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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167 183
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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186 171
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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208 167
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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169 189
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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164 170
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982

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196 175
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games