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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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1,153 318
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,000 328
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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1,153 239
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

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765 310
Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Asteroids 1979

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801 310
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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669 284
Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Centipede 1980

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686 292
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

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673 280
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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492 295
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Q*bert 1982

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575 259
Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Defender 1980

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476 294
Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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416 302
Pong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Pong 1972

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454 239
Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Galaxian 1979

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395 232
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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387 241
Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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447 244
Joust is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Joust 1982

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435 232
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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524 223
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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445 235
Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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455 199
1942 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1942 1984

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469 187
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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350 216
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
BurgerTime 1982

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354 260
Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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430 225
Tron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tron 1982

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341 234
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Tempest 1980

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389 193
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Rampage 1986

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491 176
Mortal Kombat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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390 195
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Paperboy 1984

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362 205
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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387 193
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Star Wars 1983

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377 195
Spy Hunter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Spy Hunter 1983

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416 102
Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
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215 194
Breakout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Breakout 1976

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352 143
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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301 170
Track & Field is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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272 231
Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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276 190
Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Commando 1985

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296 148
1943 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
1943 June, 1987

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208 190
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Berzerk 1980

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304 171
The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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203 193
Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Battlezone 1980

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241 211
Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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180 205
Super Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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205 183
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

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231 175
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

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172 197
Millipede is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games
Millipede 1982

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181 200
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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220 184
Robotron: 2084 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Classic Arcade Games

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