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Best Arcade Games of all Time

Updated on March 18, 2017

Arcade Greats

Golden Axe is a fighting video game released on arcade machines in the 1980's. It was also released for the Nintendo, Sega and Playstation home video game consoles.
Golden Axe is a fighting video game released on arcade machines in the 1980's. It was also released for the Nintendo, Sega and Playstation home video game consoles. | Source
Double Dragon is an arcade video game that was also released on home gaming systems. It also has a sequel with the same theme.
Double Dragon is an arcade video game that was also released on home gaming systems. It also has a sequel with the same theme. | Source
Rampage was released in 1986 for Arcades across America. It was later ported to home video game consoles because of it's popularity.
Rampage was released in 1986 for Arcades across America. It was later ported to home video game consoles because of it's popularity. | Source
Rampage was a wildly popular arcade game.
Rampage was a wildly popular arcade game. | Source
Pole Position was an arcade racing game that had a steering wheel, gear shifter, and gas and brake pedals.
Pole Position was an arcade racing game that had a steering wheel, gear shifter, and gas and brake pedals. | Source

Classic Arcade Games

1. Golden Axe (1989): Three characters to choose from and the weapons of choice is an axe or a sword. Each warrior has magic also. Ride on animals and fight like one to survive in this coin op classic. You must beat the gigantic Death Adder to win this medieval game. Two players can play at the same time in this video game. You can play as a sword wielding man or woman warrior or an axe wielding dwarf warrior. This video game has had several sequels over the years on different gaming consoles.

2. Donkey Kong (1981): This game made by Nintendo features Mario jumping barrels being thrown by a huge Gorilla. Jumping and climbing are a must in this game.A cult classic at the arcade rooms. It is a side scrolling game that gets harder as you progress. The barrels get faster and more frequent and the ladders are changed to vines as you get further into the game.

3. Pac Man (1980): This is probably the most famous arcade game ever released. PacMan has spawned many sequels and your character must eat pellets and dodge ghosts. 4 Power Pellets per level await you. If you eat them you eat the ghosts. Burp. After over 35 years Pacman remains a favorite game of children and adults. Pac has also had Miss Pacman and Pacman Jr. come out.

4. Dragon's Lair (1983): This game along with Pacman and Pong is on display at the Smithsonian Institute. This is a cartoon interaction movie game that can be played one or two players. This game is a PC game and you are a clumsy knight with a sword. This game will make you laugh as you play.

5. Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior (1991): This was a one or two player fighting game that spawned many sequels for Capcom. The game had six buttons for fighting and it's the best two out of three or whoever does more karate before time runs out. Kicking, punching, elbows and flying knees are the order of the day in this one on one fighting game.

6. Mortal Kombat (1992): This game was very graphic due to the finishing moves which were different for each fighter. A 2D side scrolling game which pits fighters in one on one fights with punches, kicks and deadly finishers. The finishers range from decapitation to slicing a man in half. This game has had many sequels.

7. Double Dragon (1987): This is a one or two player game in which you must save your love, Marian from a deadly gang. Punch, kick, knee, elbow or even toss your enemies around as you fight for the right. The game also has weapons which you take from the thugs such as knives, bats, oil drums and even dynamite. You and your brother are trying to save your girlfriend from a gang who has kidnapped her.

8. Pole Position (1982): This game had a steering wheel, gas and break pedals and a gear shifter. The gamer is in a F1 Racing car and for the time the game play was realistic. The game had a qualifying race and several unique tracks to race on. The sound was perfect for a racing game and the sound effects and car sounds really stand out.

9. Rampage (1986): Up to three players at once can control Godzilla and King Kong type of Monsters and destroy cities. Fight off the police and military as you tear buildings down. This game gets a 10 on the fun meter. Constantly destroy buildings, cars, tanks, people and trees by stomping, jumping or just pounding on them.

10. Punch Out (1984): This game features a boxer fighting in first person point of view against some whacky boxers to say the least. You must train and box your way past Don Flamengo, who carries a rose and hippo who well is a hippo. You fight from side to side from the bottom while your opponent is above you.

Please share your favorite arcade game with me by leaving comments in the capsule which is located at the bottom of this gaming article.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong features Mario from the Mario Brothers games and of course Kong who tosses logs at you. This has been a favorite of kids for decades now.
Donkey Kong features Mario from the Mario Brothers games and of course Kong who tosses logs at you. This has been a favorite of kids for decades now. | Source

Double Dragon

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Arcades Never Changed

As a child Arcade games were the ultimate in gaming and they far outshines home video game systems. Not anymore because the home consoles not outdo the arcades easily. Having said that several arcade games can do what home consoles cannot such as true virtual reality games and games such as Jurassic Park which closes you behind closed curtains and it bumps you around making it appear your in a real jeep.

Top Video Game Consoles

Playstation 1,2 and 3
Xbox and Xbox 360
Atari 2600
Super Nintendo
Sega Genesis
Nintendo
Nintendo 64
3DO
Atari Jaguar
 
 
 
Nine of the best video game systems that were ever produced.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Nice!!. For me it was Stree t Fighter II Champion Edition. The AI is slightly different to the World Warrior Edition. Also you could select the bosses.

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