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20 Best Arcade Games of All Time

Undoubtedly, the universe of video games has advanced to unsuspected limits. The characters almost pierce the screen, the controls are more likely than ever and virtual reality is already beginning to invade us, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t miss the best arcade games from time to time?

The games of the 80s and 90s have left a deep mark in the lives of all those who have been able to enjoy them so much that it is almost impossible to choose between the best arcade games of all time. Its simplicity has been addictive for many and perhaps that is the key to its success, is not it?

Although you surely know perfectly well what we are talking about, did you know that “arcade” is, in its origin, the generic term used to refer to the arcade machines? Later it served to designate the genre of video games that we all know, those classics capable of returning great memories to our minds. There are sports, racing, simulation or wrestling, and all of them have managed to survive the passage of time.

In Technologizer we can read that the first coin-operated recreation machine was Computer Space. The company Nutting Associates launched it in 1971 and its creators, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, invested all the benefits in the launch of Atari. Yes, the same Atari that later gave life to games as well known as Asteroids or Pong.

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SickSinceSix8d ago

Good to see Metal Slug on the list, surprised to see it so far up though. Recently saw a Top 50 Arcade games list that didn't include Metal Slug at all.

nelsonraw8d ago

what do you think then bro, it deserves that position or not?

SickSinceSix8d ago

I think it deserves a spot in the Top 20 Arcade games list , I just would have rated some of the other games above it myself.

darthv728d ago

some honorable mentions should be virtua racing, after burner, defender, marvel vs capcom, tempest... they all have some influence on other games throughout history.

Einhander19718d ago

To be honest there are so many arcade classics and hidden gems. No matter how advanced gaming becomes the arcades of the 80s and 90s will always be the best. I still play them all now.

Gamist2dot08d ago

Besides SFII, Wrestle Fest was also the game I always play no matter how many times i've beaten the game with one credit.

Tetsujin8d ago

Honorable Mentions:

X-Men vs Street Fighter
Tekken 3
Gauntlet
Power Stone
X-Men Arcade
Virtua Fighter 2
DDR Extreme
Capcom vs SNK