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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1,156 320
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,002 331
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,160 241
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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768 313
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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805 313
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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671 287
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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689 295
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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675 282
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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493 299
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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579 261
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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477 298
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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417 306
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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457 242
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games

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397 234
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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388 243
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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449 246
Joust is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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437 234
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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525 224
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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448 237
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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456 201
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

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470 188
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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352 218
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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355 262
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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431 227
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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342 236
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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494 177
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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390 195
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

The Most Violent Classic Video Games

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364 206
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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391 196
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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389 194
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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379 196
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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417 103
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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215 196
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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354 144
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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303 171
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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272 233
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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277 191
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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296 149
1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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307 172
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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209 191
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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203 194
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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241 212
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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180 206
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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206 184
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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232 176
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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172 198
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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182 201
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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220 185
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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181 182
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982