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 arcade games of the 90s 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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Genres (Video game): Shoot 'em up, Action game, Space combat, Science FictionGalaga is a fixed shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan and published... more
Genres (Video game): MazePac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It... more
Genres (Video game): Platform gameDonkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the... more
Developer: Taito Corporation
Genres (Video game): Fixed shooterSpace Invaders is an arcade video game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978.... more
Genres (Video game): Action gameDig Dug is an arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan in 1982. It runs on Namco... more
Genres (Video game): Shoot 'em up, Action game, Scrolling shooter1942 is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up made by Capcom that was released for the arcade in... more
Genres (Video game): Fighting gameStreet Fighter II: The World Warrior is a competitive fighting game originally released for... more
Developer: Atari Games
Genres (Video game): Action game, Run and gun, Maze, Hack and slashGauntlet is a fantasy-themed hack and slash 1985 arcade game by Atari Games. Released in... more
Developer: Midway Games, General Computer Corp.
Genres (Video game): Action game, MazeMs. Pac-Man is an arcade video game from the Golden Age. It was produced by Illinois-based... more
Genres (Video game): Shoot 'em up, Action game, Space combatAsteroids is an arcade space shooter released in November 1979 by Atari, Inc. and designed by... more
Developer: WMS Industries Inc.
Genres (Video game): Shoot 'em upDefender is an arcade video game developed and released by Williams Electronics in February... more
Developer: Technōs Japan, Arc System Works
Genres (Video game): Beat 'em up, Side-scrollingDouble Dragon is a 1987 beat 'em up video game developed by Technōs Japan and distributed in... more
Developer: Midway Games
Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting gameMortal Kombat is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway Games in 1992 as... more
Developer: WMS Industries Inc., Williams Entertainment Inc.
Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action gameJoust is an arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982. It is a... more
Genres (Video game): Platform gameMario Bros. is a platform game published and developed for arcades by Nintendo in 1983. It was... more
Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Run and gunContra, distributed as Gryzor in Europe and Oceania, is a 1987 run and gun action game... more
Developer: Atari, Inc., Atari
Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action gameCentipede is a vertically oriented shoot 'em up arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. in 1981.... more
Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting gameStreet Fighter is a 1987 arcade game developed by Capcom. It is the first competitive fighting... more
Genres (Video game): Sports gamePunch-Out!! is a boxing arcade game by Nintendo, released in Japan in 1983 and worldwide in... more
Developer: Midway Games
Genres (Video game): Racing video game, Vehicular combat gameSpy Hunter is a 1983 arcade game developed and released by Bally Midway. It has also been... more
Developer: Backbone Entertainment, Konami
Genres (Video game): Beat 'em upTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, released as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Kame Ninja in... more
Developer: Atari, Inc., Atari
Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Simulation video gameStar Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari Inc. and released in 1983. The game is a first... more
Developer: Midway Games, Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action gameRampage is a 1986 arcade game by Bally Midway. Players take control of gigantic monsters... more
Genres (Video game): Simulation video game, Sports game, Racing video gamePole Position is an arcade racing video game which was released by Namco in 1982 and licensed... more