Top 10 Arcade Machines


Interested in getting a pixelated piece of video game revenue, but don’t know Donkey Kong from Peter Pepper? Don’t worry. If you’re not sure what arcade games to get, we’ve looked over a number of internet lists, and consulted with some industry friends to compile our own Top Ten list of proven classics for you.


  1. Ms. Pac-Man – This perennial favorite is seen everywhere. Nobody doesn’t like Ms. Pac-Man.


  1. Galaga – The other classic guaranteed to attract quarters. In fact, Midway manufactures a Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga “Class of 1981” machine so you can get twice the games in half the space!


  1. Donkey Kong – A smash hit with renewed modern interest due to the popular King of Kong documentary film.


  1. Centipede – The crawly cult classic never goes out of style.


  1. Asteroids – Rocks in space rock!


  1. Defender – Only YOU can prevent alien abductions.


  1. Joust – Two player buzzard-busting fun means twice the quarters.


  1. Missile Command – Who knew Cold War era mutually assured nuclear destruction could make such good clean fun?


  1. Star Wars – The movies have proven to be timeless fun, and so has the original arcade classic. Kids from 8-80 want to be Luke Skywalker for a day!


  1. Street Fighter II – The granddaddy of all fighting games was an instant classic from day one.


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