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The Best '90s Arcade Games

Updated September 11, 2020 47.1k votes 3.2k voters 89.8k views60 items

List RulesVote up the best 90s video 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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  • 1
    Street Fighter II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is a competitive fighting game originally released for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 2
    Mortal Kombat II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperAcclaim Cheltenham, Midway Games, Sculptured Software

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    Mortal Kombat II is a competitive fighting game originally produced by Midway Games for the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperUbisoft, Konami

    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:... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    The Simpsons Arcade Game is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperBackbone Entertainment, Konami

    Genres (Video game)Beat 'em up

    The Simpsons Arcade Game or just The Simpsons is an arcade beat 'em up developed by Konami... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    X-Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    X-Men

    1992

    DeveloperBackbone Entertainment, Konami

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperMidway 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Su is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the fifth Marvel Comics-licensed fighting game by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 8
    Cruis'n USA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc., Midway Games

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    T2: Terminator 2: Judgement Da is listed (or ranked) 9 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Time Crisis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperNamco

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Tekken 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperProduction I.G, Namco

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    Tekken 3 is the third installment in the popular Tekken fighting game series. It was released... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Daytona USA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperAM R&D Dept. #2, New Entertainment R&D Dept., Sega AM2, Genki

    Genres (Video game)Racing video game

    Daytona USA is a racing video game developed by Sega AM2 and released by Sega, with a limited... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperRare Ltd

    Genres (Video game)Fighting game

    Killer Instinct is a fighting game developed by Rare and published by Midway and Nintendo. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Marvel Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperCapcom

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

    Marvel Super Heroes is a fighting game developed by Capcom. Originally released in the arcade... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 15
    The House of the Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperSega 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Crazy Taxi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperSega AM3, Strangelite

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    NFL Blitz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperPoint of View, Inc., Midway Games

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Sports game

    NFL Blitz is a series of American football themed video games by Midway featuring the teams of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperNazca Corporation, SNK Playmore

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Primal Rage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperAcclaim Cheltenham, Atari Games

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    Primal Rage is a versus fighting game developed and released by Atari Games to arcades in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Soulcalibur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
    695
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    DeveloperNamco, Project Soul

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    SoulCalibur is a weapon-based 3D fighting game developed by Project Soul and produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade G is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperMidway Games, Sculptured Software

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

    WWF WrestleMania is a professional wrestling arcade game released by Midway Manufacturing Co.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Area 51 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games
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    DeveloperMesa Logic

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

    Area 51 is a light gun arcade game released by Atari Games in 1995. It takes its name from the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Star Wars Trilogy Arcade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperLucasArts, Sega AM3, Sega Rosso

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Street Fighter Alpha 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperCapcom

    Genres (Video game)Action game, Fighting game

    Street Fighter Alpha 2, known as Street Fighter Zero 2 in Japan, Asia and South America, is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Gauntlet Legends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Arcade Games

    DeveloperMidway Games, Atari 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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