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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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 1991 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) 2 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Mortal Kombat II 1993 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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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Street Fighter II 1992 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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The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
The Simpsons Arcade Game 1991 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
X-Men 1992 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
NBA Jam 1993 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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Cruis'n USA is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Cruis'n USA 1994 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) 8 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Time Crisis 1995 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: Judgement Da... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
T2: Terminator 2: Judgement Day 1991 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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Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes 1998 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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Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Killer Instinct 1994 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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Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Tekken 3 1997 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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Crazy Taxi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Crazy Taxi 1999 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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The House of the Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
The House of the Dead 2 2000 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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WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade G... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game 1995 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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NFL Blitz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
NFL Blitz 1997 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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Daytona USA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Daytona USA 1993 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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Primal Rage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Primal Rage 1994 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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Area 51 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Area 51 1995 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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Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Soulcalibur 1998 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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Marvel Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Marvel Super Heroes 1995 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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Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Metal Slug 1996 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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Spider-Man: The Video Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Spider-Man: The Video Game 1991 Spider-Man: The Video Game is a 1991 arcade video game developed by Sega based on the Marvel Comics comic book character Spider-Man.

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Virtua Fighter 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Virtua Fighter 2 1994 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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Star Wars Trilogy Arcade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Star Wars Trilogy Arcade 1998 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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Silent Scope is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Silent Scope 1999 Silent Scope is an arcade game that puts the player in the shoes of a sniper during a series of terrorist incidents. The game uses a rifle that is mounted on the console, requiring players to ...more

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Virtua Fighter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Virtua Fighter 1993 Virtua Fighter is a 1993 fighting game created for the Sega Model 1 arcade platform by AM2, a development group within Sega, headed by Yu Suzuki. It is the first game in the Virtua Fighter ...more

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Gauntlet Legends is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Gauntlet Legends 1998 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

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Virtua Cop 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Virtua Cop 2 1995 Virtua Cop 2 is a light gun arcade game, released in 1995 and developed internally at Sega by their AM2 studio. It was ported to home systems on the Sega Saturn in 1996. It was released in PC in ...more

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Smash TV is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Smash TV 1990 Smash TV, known as Super Smash TV on some other versions, is a 1990 arcade game created by Eugene Jarvis and Mark Turmell for Williams. It is a run and gun game in the same vein as its ...more

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Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Alien vs. Predator 1994 Alien vs. Predator is a beat 'em up video game developed and released by Capcom for the CPS-2 arcade game system in 1994. In the game, the players take control of up to three human and Predator ...more

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Dragon's Lair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Steven Jacks added Dragon's Lair 1983 Dragon's Lair is a laserdisc video game published by Cinematronics in 1983 as the first game in the Dragon's Lair series. In the game, the protagonist Dirk the Daring is a knight attempting to ...more

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The King of Fighters '98 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
The King of Fighters '98 1998 The King of Fighters '98 is a 1998 fighting game released by SNK released for the Neo Geo arcade and home console. It is the fifth game in The King of Fighters series. This installment was ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
The Punisher 1993 The Punisher is a 1993 beat 'em up arcade game developed and released by Capcom. It stars the Marvel Comics' anti-hero the Punisher and co-stars S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury as the second ...more

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Samurai Shodown II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Samurai Shodown II 1994 Samurai Shodown II, is a 1994 fighting game released as a second entry in SNK's Samurai Shodown series.

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Lethal Enforcers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Lethal Enforcers 1992 Lethal Enforcers is a 1992 shooting game released for the arcades by Konami. The in-game graphics consist entirely of digitized photographs. This caused controversy as it allowed players to ...more

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Sunset Riders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Sunset Riders 1991 Sunset Riders is a side-scrolling run-and-gun style shoot-'em-up released by Konami as a coin-operated video game in 1991. The game is set during the American Old West, where the player takes ...more

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World Heroes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
CoryKielion(BlackMoonWolf) added World Heroes World Heroes is a series of four fighting games created originally by ADK with assistance from SNK for the Neo Geo family of arcade and home consoles. Over the years, the games have been ported ...more

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Air Combat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Air Combat 1995 Air Combat, later known as Ace Combat for the Japanese PlayStation versions, is a semi-realistic flight-sim action game released by Namco in Japan in 1992 for their Namco System 21 ...more

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Die Hard Arcade is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Die Hard Arcade Jan 01 1996 Die Hard Arcade, known in Japan as Dynamite Deka is an beat 'em up arcade game released by Sega. An original property in Japan, the game was published outside of Japan by Fox Interactive as a ...more

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Captain Commando is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Captain Commando 1991 Captain Commando is a 1991 futuristic side-scrolling beat 'em up game originally developed and published by Capcom as a coin-operated video game, and later ported to several other platforms. It ...more

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Sega Rally Championship is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Sega Rally Championship 1995 Sega Rally Championship is a 1994 arcade racing game developed by AM5 on the Sega Model 2 board. It was ported over to the Sega Saturn in 1995 and PC in 1997. The unique selling point of Sega ...more

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Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of D... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom 1993 Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom, published in 1993, is the first of two arcade games created by Capcom based on the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game and set in the Mystara ...more

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Top Skater is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Top Skater 1997 Top Skater is an arcade game released by Sega in 1997, and built on the Sega Model 2 hardware. It was one of the first arcade games to feature a skateboard controller interface. In Top Skater, ...more

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The Last Blade is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
CoryKielion(BlackMoonWolf) added The Last Blade 1997 The Last Blade, released in Japan as Bakumatsu Rouman: Gekka no Kenshi, is a fighting game developed and released by SNK for the Neo Geo system in 1997. It was also ported to several home ...more

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Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs 1993 Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, released in Japan as Cadillacs Kyouryuu Shinseiki is a 1993 arcade game by Capcom. It is a side-scrolling beat 'em up based on the comic book series Xenozoic Tales. The ...more

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Gunblade NY is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Gunblade NY 1995 Gunblade NY is a light gun game released in 1995 by Sega in which the player fights terrorists from the machine guns mounted on an attack helicopter.

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Scud Race is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Scud Race 1996 Scud Race, or otherwise known as Sega Super GT in North America, is an arcade racing game released by Sega in 1996. It is the first racing game to be using the Sega Model 3 hardware. A Sega ...more