26 Classic Arcade Games with Serious Nostalgia

Mini-golf, go-karts, pizza, and of course, a handful of tokens to spend on your favorite arcade games. These were the staples of grade-school birthday parties and family get-togethers. 

Retro games are making a fierce comeback in a plethora of ways, to be enjoyed by older gamers searching for a tiny slice of nostalgia and new generations who stare in wonder.

With an understanding of the impact of arcades and the games they housed on our culture, it’s time to look back at the best arcade games of all time. 

We couldn’t let the Pac family take up two spots, but both games deserve to be mentioned. The Pac-Man series is one of the most iconic in gaming history. 

Pac Man (and Ms. Pac Man)

The original video game villain first appeared in arcade games in 1981. The original Donkey Kong, sometimes referred to as Donkey Kong Classic, featured a proto-Mario character facing off against a giant gorilla to rescue a trapped princess. 

Donkey Kong

The Super Mario Brothers franchise is the most iconic in all of gaming. It all started in 1983 with an arcade game called “Mario Brothers”. 

(Super) Mario Brothers