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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1,464 459
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

2
1,292 359
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

3
1,110 378
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

4
1,295 271
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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847 354
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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890 361
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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737 321
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

8
771 335
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

9
750 315
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

10
545 335
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

11
649 286
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

12
532 328
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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459 338
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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450 263
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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502 270
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

16
426 271
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

17
592 241
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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504 274
Joust is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

19
487 258
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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515 266
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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518 217
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

The Best Games To Play Online

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535 207
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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396 234
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

24
395 283
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

25
479 247
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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381 251
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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439 213
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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414 229
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

The Best Classic Video Games

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567 203
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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434 211
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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436 205
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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426 212
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

33
414 160
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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497 121
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
RyuKang1995 added Street Fighter II 1992

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303 252
Moon Patrol 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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232 216
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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314 206
Commando is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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345 188
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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237 206
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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356 194
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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233 211
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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271 228
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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202 230
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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334 167
1943 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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238 205
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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187 217
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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252 199
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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202 218
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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247 202
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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201 196
Time Pilot is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Time Pilot 1982