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The Best '90s Arcade Games 

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Updated February 11, 2020 37.2k votes 3k voters 82.5k views 60 items

List Rules Vote up the best 90s arcade games you spent all your coins and tokens on.

Though arcades are a bit harder to find nowadays, true gamers (and 90s kids) will never forget the great 90s arcade games that took all our quarters growing up. Of course, we happily fed those machines our change and tokens to reach the next level or get another race in. Regardless, some of the best arcade games of all time came out of the 90s, and they remain today as many of our favorites—and have even been recreated for a range of gaming systems. Simply put, nothing serves up a dose of 1990s nostalgia like a list of the best arcade games from the decade. 

While it's hard to beat the top arcade games of the 80s, the 90s brought with it some incredibly fun games. For whatever reason, shoot 'em up style games—or light shooters—reigned as some of the most popular games throughout the 90s, such as Lethal Enforcers, Gunblade NY, Area 51, and so many more. Similarly, fighting games like Mortal Kombat II and Street Fighter II were also taking kids quarters left and right. And we can't forget the side-scrolling classic, The Simpsons, among a plethora of racing and sports games. Needless to say, the 90s arcade games did not disappoint. 

Do you have a favorite arcade game from the 90s? Find it on the list, along with any other games you miss and vote them up! If your game of choice isn't there, feel free to add it to help create the ultimate list of 90s arcade games. 

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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1992 (Capcom)

Genres (Video game): Fighting game

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a competitive fighting game originally released for the arcades in 1991. It is the second entry in the Street Fighter series and the arcade sequel to the ...more

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1991 (Ubisoft)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Beat 'em up, Fighting game, Side-scrolling

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, released as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Turtles in Time in Europe, is an arcade video game produced by Konami. A sequel to the original Teenage ...more

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Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1993 (Acclaim Cheltenham)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting game

Mortal Kombat II is a competitive fighting game originally produced by Midway Games for the arcades in 1993. It was later ported to multiple home systems, including the PC, Amiga, Game Boy, Sega ...more

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The Simpsons Arcade Game... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1991 (Backbone Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Beat 'em up

The Simpsons Arcade Game or just The Simpsons is an arcade beat 'em up developed by Konami released in 1991, and the second video game based on The Simpsons franchise, following Bart vs. the ...more

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1992 (Backbone Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Beat 'em up

X-Men is an arcade game produced by Konami in 1992. It is a side-scrolling beat 'em up based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. The character designs of the X-Men and the ...more

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NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1993 (Midway Games)

Genres (Video game): Sports game, Basketball

NBA Jam is a basketball arcade game published and developed by Midway in 1993. It is the first entry in the NBA Jam series. The main designer and programmer for this game was Mark Turmell. ...more

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1998 (Capcom)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting game

Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the fifth Marvel Comics-licensed fighting game by Capcom and the third game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series. The game was developed in late 1997 and ...more

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Cruis'n USA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1994 (WMS Industries Inc.)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game

Cruis'n USA is an arcade racing game originally released in 1994. It was developed by Midway Games and published and distributed by Nintendo. It is the first game in the Cruis'n series and ...more
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Time Crisis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1995 (Namco)

Genres (Video game): Light gun, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Light gun shooter, Rail shooter

Time Crisis is a light gun shooter arcade game released by Namco in 1996. It was later ported for the PlayStation in 1997, bundled with the Guncon light gun controller.
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T2: Terminator 2: Judgem... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Terminator 2: Judgment Day or T2 is a gun shooting video game based on the film of the same name, produced by Midway Manufacturing Company for the arcades in 1991.
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Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1997 (Production I.G)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting game

Tekken 3 is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. It was released for Arcades in March 1997, and for the PlayStation in March - September 1998. The original Arcade ...more

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Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1994 (Rare Ltd)

Genres (Video game): Fighting game

Killer Instinct is a fighting game developed by Rare and published by Midway and Nintendo. It was released as an arcade game in the summer of 1994 and, the following year, ported to the Super ...more
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The House of the Dead 2 ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 2000 (Sega Wow)

Genres (Video game): Horror, Shoot 'em up, Survival horror, Rail shooter

The House of the Dead 2 is a light gun arcade game with a horror theme and the second game in the The House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Sega for video arcades in 1998 and ...more
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Daytona USA is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1993 (AM R&D Dept. #2)

Genres (Video game): Racing video game

Daytona USA is a racing video game developed by Sega AM2 and released by Sega, with a limited release in 1993 followed by a full release in 1994. Considered one of the highest grossing arcade ...more
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Crazy Taxi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1999 (Sega AM3)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Racing video game

Crazy Taxi is an open world racing video game developed by Kenji Kanno and his team at Hitmaker and published by Sega. It is the first game in the Crazy Taxi series. The game was first released ...more
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Marvel Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1995 (Capcom)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting game, Superhero movie

Marvel Super Heroes is a fighting game developed by Capcom. Originally released in the arcade in 1995 on the CPS-2 arcade system, it was later ported to the Sega Saturn and PlayStation in late ...more
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Primal Rage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1994 (Acclaim Cheltenham)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting game

Primal Rage is a versus fighting game developed and released by Atari Games to arcades in 1994. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth called "Urth". Players ...more

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NFL Blitz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1997 (Point of View)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Sports game

NFL Blitz is a series of American football themed video games by Midway featuring the teams of the National Football League. It began as a 1997 arcade game but was eventually ported to home ...more
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WWF WrestleMania: The Ar... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1995 (Midway Games)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Sports game, Fighting game

WWF WrestleMania is a professional wrestling arcade game released by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1995. It is based on the World Wrestling Federation professional wrestling promotion. The game ...more
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Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1998 (Namco)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Fighting game

SoulCalibur is a weapon-based 3D fighting game developed by Project Soul and produced by Namco. It is the second game in the Soul series, preceded by Soul Edge. Originally released in arcades in ...more

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Area 51 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1995 (Mesa Logic)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Light gun, Action game, Light gun shooter, First-person Shooter, + more

Area 51 is a light gun arcade game released by Atari Games in 1995. It takes its name from the Area 51 military facility. The plot of the game involves the player taking part in a STAAR military ...more
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Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1996 (Nazca Corporation)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Shoot 'em up, Run and gun

Metal Slug is a run and gun video game developed by Nazca Corporation and published by SNK. It was originally released in 1996 for the Neo Geo MVS arcade platform. The game is widely known for ...more
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Star Wars Trilogy Arcade... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1998 (LucasArts)

Genres (Video game): Shoot 'em up, Rail shooter

Star Wars Trilogy Arcade is an arcade game first released in 1998. The game is a 3-D rail shooter based on the original trilogy of Star Wars films and was released along with the special ...more
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Virtua Fighter 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1994 (Sega AM2)

Genres (Video game): Fighting game

Virtua Fighter 2 is a fighting game developed by Sega. It is the sequel to Virtua Fighter and the second game in the Virtua Fighter series. It was created by Sega's Yu Suzuki-headed AM2 and was ...more
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Gauntlet Legends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Released: 1998 (Midway Games)

Genres (Video game): Action game, Beat 'em up, Hack and slash, Role-playing video game

Gauntlet Legends is an arcade game released in 1998 by Atari Games. It is a fantasy themed hack and slash styled dungeon crawl game, a sequel to 1985's popular Gauntlet and 1986's Gauntlet II ...more