The 30 arcade titles that kept my piggy bank empty

The arcade scene is dead and for the most part gone here in the United States and it’s a sad thing to see. There are tons of things that can be credited for destroying the coin-op industry, but I’d rather not go into it here. Instead, I’m going to list 30 arcade games that I enjoyed the most through the 80s and 90s. These aren’t necessarily the best arcade games of all time, or even my favorite arcade games of all time, but simply the ones that I dropped the most quarters into.

Coming up soon I’ll post what I feel are the best arcade games ever made, but for now, enjoy my little list of the ones that robbed me of the most quarters. The list is found after the jump.

Here’s my top 30 list (alphabetically, not by rank):

1943
AfterBurner
Bubble Bobble
Donkey Kong
Dragon’s Lair
Galaga
Gauntlet
House of the Dead 2
Killer Instinct
Metal Slug 3
Missle Command
Mortal Kombat II
Ms. Pac Man
Out Run
Police Trainer
Q*Bert
Robotron: 2084
Shinobi
Smash TV
Soul Calibur II
Space Invaders
Star Wars (original)
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Strider
Strikers 1945 III
Super Sprint
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Simpsons
Virtua Tennis
X-Men

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