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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1,399 429
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

2
1,243 339
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

3
1,062 359
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

4
1,242 261
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

5
812 334
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

6
859 341
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

7
714 306
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

8
743 318
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

9
716 305
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

10
528 319
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

11
627 275
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

12
518 315
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

13
442 324
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

14
431 250
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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481 258
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

16
413 261
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

17
473 246
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

18
568 232
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

19
488 263
Joust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

20
502 209
1942 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

21
483 254
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

The Scariest Video Games of All Time

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513 199
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

23
380 227
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

24
377 273
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

25
455 237
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

26
365 245
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

27
422 205
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

28
541 192
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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398 219
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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417 205
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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416 202
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

32
408 204
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

33
466 116
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
RyuKang1995 added Street Fighter II 1992

34
225 207
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

35
393 153
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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334 181
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

37
297 242
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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300 197
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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320 159
1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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225 200
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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330 186
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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222 201
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

Famous Long-Term Couples Who Never Married

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261 220
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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192 219
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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230 195
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

46
246 187
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

47
179 209
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

48
193 211
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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237 194
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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197 190
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982