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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1,273 369
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

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1,128 305
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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984 314
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,130 232
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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749 301
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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778 306
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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654 278
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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670 280
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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654 272
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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482 285
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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559 253
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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472 286
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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409 295
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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446 233
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

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383 229
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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383 236
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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433 223
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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435 238
Joust is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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515 219
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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432 230
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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444 195
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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456 182
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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338 208
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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345 249
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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422 219
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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380 184
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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335 228
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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476 169
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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381 189
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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344 201
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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369 188
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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374 188
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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398 101
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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211 190
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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344 139
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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295 164
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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268 224
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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272 186
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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291 145
1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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203 185
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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294 169
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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200 188
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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234 205
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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173 202
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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202 178
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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226 170
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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171 191
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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179 194
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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216 179
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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178 176
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982