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The Best '90s Arcade Games  

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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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Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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) 2 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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) 4 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
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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Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
8
Cruis'n USA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Nov 01 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
9
T2: Terminator 2: Judgement Da... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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Time Crisis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
12
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
13
The House of the Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
14
Crazy Taxi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
15
Daytona USA is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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Marvel Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
17
Primal Rage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
18
NFL Blitz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
Jan 01 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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Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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Area 51 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
21
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade G... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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
23
Star Wars Trilogy Arcade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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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Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
SykoSteve added 1996
Street Fighter Alpha 2, known as Street Fighter Zero 2 in Japan, Asia and South America, is a 1996 fighting game originally released for the CPS II arcade hardware by Capcom. The game is both a ...more
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Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
SykoSteve added 1997
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter is the fourth Marvel Comics-licensed fighting game produced by Capcom. It is a sequel to X-Men vs. Street Fighter which replaces most of the X-Men ...more