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Top 10 Arcade Games Of The 1980s

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With the groundwork set in the previous decade, the 1980s saw vast improvements in technology and gameplay, ushering in the golden age of arcade games. Join as we continue our series on the Top Arcade Games per Decade, with the Top 10 Arcade Games of the 1980’s Subscribe►► Facebook►►. Twitter►► Suggestion Tool►► Channel Page►►

For this list, we’re looking at the best arcade games of the decade in terms of popularity, critical acclaim, longevity, and the impact they’ve made on the video gaming medium. We’re focusing on games that saw popularity primarily in the arcades so while there was indeed a port of Super Mario Bros for coin-op use, you won’t find it here.

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  1. A pretty random list. Mario Bros and Rampage are not classics in many people's minds. Defender, Robotron, Pole Position??? I mean the last two basically defined a whole genre. And Mario was first called Mario in DK Jr not in Mario Bros. Thought the 90s list was well thought out but this is nonsense.

  2. Millennials telling the Saturday Morning cartoon crowd what was cool in the 80's

  3. Pac-Man is still number 1 in my book. Back in 80-81 anywhere you went. The skating rink, the grorecy store, the pizza shop your arcade there was an arcade game. Pac-man was a money maker.

  4. Defender, Star Castle, Mad Planets, Vanguard….

  5. I remembered this as if it was yesterday. Thanks for the video!

  6. My mom and dad grew up playing the original pac-man not ms, pac-man

  7. 1:29 – YES ! They did show it! When your Rampage monster ate the soldier with the flamethrower, the creature "burps" fire . LOL ! LOL ! LOL !

  8. Circus Charlie, Ballon Flight (or something like that), Tempest, Defender, and more should be in this list, I demand a top 20 arcade games!

  9. my dad worked at meryl lynch and they had one of these in the offices. I used to play it all the time.

  10. I have too many favourite arcade games to list here, but the ones that I always got drawn to are….Phoenix, TRON, Gorf, Space Firebirds, Mr Do's Castle, Lunar Rescue, Battlezone, Galaxian, T2 Terminator 2, Shinobi, Shadow Warriors, Donkey Kong, Moon Cresta, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Street fighter, Haunted Castle, Rastan, Star Wars, Final Fight, Gravitar, Pacman, Frogger, Asteroids, Scramble, Astro Blaster, Amidar, TOKI, Astro Wars….and of course Space Invaders….yep spent a fair amount of coins in these games. Thankfully I now have some of them I can still play on my PC and PlayStation. 😀

  11. No shinobi, strider, rygar, altered beast…all these are early 80s games

  12. My top 5 (so hard to pick just 5) are Toki, Snow Bros, Sinobi, WonderBoy in Monster World, Cadillacs n Dinosaurs

  13. 7..?

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  14. no probably name at least 10 games or more. double dragon 1 and 2. green beret, skate or die, shinobi, outrun, cabal, spaceharrier, kung fu master, rolling thunder,ghost n goblins and many more.

  15. Number is Super Mario bros not Mrs Pac man don't subscribe to this lier

  16. Wizard needs food badly!
    Warrior is about to die!

  17. Black Tiger, Tempest, Bosconian, Defender/StarGate, Track & Field/Hyper Sports, Crazy Climber, Moon Patrol, Asteroids (Deluxe), Outrun, Spy Hunter, Tron, Robotron 2084, Mr. Do/Mr. Do's Castle/Mr. Do's Wild Ride, APB, Punch Out/Super Punch Out, Food Fight, 10 Yard Fight, 1942, Pole Position and last but not least, the arcade game versions of Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi

  18. Did anyone play "Reactor", by Gottlieb? I loved that and think I did pretty well at it.

  19. Still love playing the arcade games

  20. It’s Mario, not Mary-O!!!!!! That is not the first time I’ve heard someone pronounce the name that way. I don’t know why it hit’s a nerve, it just does.

  21. You might wanna learn how to pronounce "Mario" before you do a video on 80s video games

  22. List is kinda lame IMO only a few on here deserve to be here , no defender?! .. no tempest, battlezone, star castle berzerk , really?! And Pac-Man is still played today in some shape or form and it’s barely mentioned

  23. Gauntlet was a fav me and my friends would all run for that cab and then years later getting that 4 player adapter for the genesis version was great

  24. No I don’t agree!!!! Your missing a lot of much better games. Two right off the bat is Mortal Combat and Street Fighter

  25. Anyone else play Track and Field with a black hair comb for added speed?

  26. Gaplus aka Galaga 3 was the overall best of all.

  27. TRON, PONPOKO, and Vanguard were my three top favorite!

  28. Star Force. Levels of the Greek alphabet, great graphics, rapid fire with double ships, green question marks that flip, multiple array of enemy ships going in multiple directions and the best music ever, especially when you got a double ship, then everything ramped up and I got huge scores of up to 2 million +. I always had hoards of people surrounding me when I played. There's examples of it being played on YouTube people. Look it up.

  29. Asteroids, Joust, Q-bert and Arkanoid were my favorites

  30. Can't forgive joust only got honorable mention 1 of my 2 favorite electronic games of all time.

  31. So many top hits in that decade that it’s hard not to see why that was the golden age of arcade games. With such simple yet addictive designs it’s brilliant.

  32. I am quite surprised Tron didn’t make the list or even an honorable mention.

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