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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1,285 358
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,105 376
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,288 271
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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843 350
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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884 359
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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733 320
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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768 334
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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745 314
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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647 285
Defender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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541 334
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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531 326
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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456 337
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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448 262
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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499 269
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

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424 270
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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588 239
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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486 255
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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502 272
Joust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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512 265
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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515 217
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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532 205
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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393 234
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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392 282
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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476 247
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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379 249
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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437 211
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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562 202
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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412 227
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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431 210
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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432 205
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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425 210
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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492 120
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
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231 214
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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411 157
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

The Best Super Nintendo (SNES) Games

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343 186
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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303 249
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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313 204
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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332 166
1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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235 205
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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352 192
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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232 208
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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269 225
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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200 229
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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237 203
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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186 215
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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251 197
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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201 216
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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246 200
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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199 153
Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games