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

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1,510 484
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

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1,149 394
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,345 283
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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872 375
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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931 370
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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763 332
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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803 344
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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775 327
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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562 348
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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665 299
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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543 341
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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474 350
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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520 281
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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434 285
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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472 274
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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611 250
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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533 229
1942 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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527 282
Joust is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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507 266
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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541 273
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

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549 217
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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406 243
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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427 240
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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411 293
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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493 257
Tron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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462 222
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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394 260
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

The Best Classic Video Games

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593 207
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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517 127
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
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444 219
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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446 213
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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238 222
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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435 221
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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434 164
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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310 262
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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354 196
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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321 215
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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369 203
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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241 213
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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236 218
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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278 234
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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339 172
1943 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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205 237
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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243 211
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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190 222
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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259 204
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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203 223
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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256 206
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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208 159
Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games