The Five Best-Selling Arcade Games of All Time
With all the gaming options available today, it can be easy to barricade yourself inside your home playing the latest games against players from all over the world. While games today feature the highest quality graphics and immersive interactive play, there is still a special kind of enjoyment you can get from heading down to your local arcade.
While new arcade games come and go, there are some revered classics whose perfect mix of addictive gameplay and nostalgia have sustained their popularity for decades. Despite their stone-age quality graphics in comparison with newer games and their simplistic gameplay (or maybe in part thanks to), these arcade games still maintain a loyal fan following that has solidified them as cultural fixtures even to this day.
The first successful video game was Pong by Atari Inc. which was released in 1972. This ushered in what amounted to a gaming gold rush, where many developers wanted to create the next big hit. The resulting “golden age” of video arcade games took place from 1978 to 1986 when games like Space Invaders, Frogger and Vs. Super Mario Bros were at the height of their popularity.
The following classic arcade games are the best sellers of all time and have each sold more than 100,000 machines.
5. Ms. Pac-Man – 125,000 units sold
A spin-off of the original Pac-Man game, Ms. Pac-Man was produced by Bally/Midway Manufacturing and was released in 1982. Ms. Pac-Man is actually credited with opening up gaming to a female audience, and made Pac-Man the only video game series to be featured twice in the top five.
4. Donkey Kong – 132,000 units sold
Donkey Kong was first released in 1981 by Nintendo and featured the debut of Jumpman, who would later become Mario. This was one of the first games to have an actual storyline, and has been called one of the toughest arcade games in history.
3. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior – 200,000 units sold
Luckily for Capcom, the second version of their Street Fighter game was much more successful than the first. This game revolutionized competitive play in arcade games and had people lining up to play it in hopes of being the best of the best. Street Fighter II introduced the concept of player controlled gaming combos, and their SNES version of the game has sold more than six million copies.
2. Space Invaders – 360,000 units sold
This Taito game is credited with starting the golden age of video arcade games and is often cited as the originator of shooting games. This game was inspired by popular movies such as Star Wars and The War of the Worlds. Despite a simple concept, Space Invaders went on to become the second highest selling arcade game of all time.
1. Pac-Man – 400,000 units sold
The first version of Pac-Man was released by Namco in 1980 and spawned many spin-offs including Pac-Land and Ms. Pac-Man. It also featured the first gaming mascot character and was a pioneer in the maze game genre. Pac-Man has grossed about $2.5 billion in quarters over the years, and has been featured at the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art.
Play the Classics at Play
For a unique bar and arcade experience in Pensacola, Play offers both new and classic arcade-style games and more than 20 rotating microbrews. We also feature live musicians and DJs, video trivia and a unique party space for private events. Visit us tonight to try the following games:
· The Claw
· Street Fighter
· Silver Strike Hunter
· Big Buck Hunter
· Skee Ball
· Air Hockey
· And Much More
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