In the 1980s and in the mid-1990s, arcades ruled the video game industry. In this selection are highlighted the 10 most popular arcade games of all time. But beware, these data corresponding to the most popular arcade games of all time in the United States, and the base is the total of sold hardware units and gross unadjusted them. There is no such data available in Brazil.
Mr. Do! – 1982
Mr. Do! It was developed by Universal and released in arcades in 1982. The gameplay is a mixture of Pac-Man and Dig Dug, In the first year of launch, Mr. Do! It sold more than 30,000 units to arcades in the US alone.
Donkey Kong Jr. – 1982
Although he never managed to recapture the success of its predecessor, Donkey Kong Jr. remains one of the biggest arcade game releases from Nintendo of the 1980s
Donkey Kong Jr. has sold more than 30,000 units in its first year was and later ported to home systems like Atari 2600, Atari 7800, ColecoVision and of course the NES system from Nintendo itself.
Galaxian – 1979
Often mistaken as part of the Space Invader series, Galaxian is the Namco game developer in the original arcade concept to Taito.
Galaxian is a game developer example producing amazing results in hardware, although primitive. When it was launched, the Namco game was favorite among fans and critics alike, appearing in more than 40,000 arcade halls across the country
Defender – 1981
Eugene Jarvis is a legend of the game industry. Defender, its first video game, brought gathered suggestions from Space Invaders and Asteroids, putting players in command to defeat aliens invading the sky, while shielding astronauts on the surface of a distant planet.
To date, more than 60,000 offices arcade were made to the United States, bringing more than US $ 1 billion in gross revenue from 2002.
Asteroids – 1979
The game puts players in the role of a small plane drifting in space, among the dangers celestial holders. The controls allow people to turn your plane, speed, and firing a shot that divides asteroids in half till they explode.
The players still alive to avoid the collision with the asteroid fragments, a goal that becomes more difficult to achieve with each stage completed. More than 100,000 arcade units have been sold, and revenue rose to US $ 800 million in 1991, surpassing Defender in a shorter space of time.
Ms. Pac-Man – 1981
In an edition of May 1982 “Electronic Games Magazine,” Stan Jarocki of Midway said Ms. Pac-Man was created as a thank you to all the women players who made the original Pac-Man a hit with both sexes.
Released around the world in early 1982, Ms. Pac-Man plays identically to its predecessor. The exact revenue figures are unknown, but more than 125,000 firms found their way in arcades before the end of 1980.
Donkey Kong – 1981
Drawing inspiration from the “Popeye the Sailor Man,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “King Kong,” Miyamoto nailed it. “Culturally significant”, this game becomes the greater the release of arcade in 1981 by Nintendo.
The gameplay was innovative for the time, since it was one of the first examples of a platform game. Sales of Donkey Kong were explosive, with over 132,000 arcades sold to the tune of US $ 280 million in its first year alone.
Street Fighter II ‘Championship Edition – 1992
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior was an immediate success when it hit arcades in 1991 and Street Fighter II Championship Edition stands as third position in this selection
Relentlessly ported and re-released for every home game console known to man, Street Fighter II: the World Warrior, and re-introduction as Street Fighter II ‘Championship Edition sold more than 200,000 offices in the United States, accumulating extraordinary us $ 2.5 billion in revenue in less than 5 years.
Pac-Man – 1980
Released worldwide to arcades in 1980, the original game and its more than 30 reviews are now available on every Android platform for ZX Spectrum from 2015.
Pac-Man was one of the first characters in a video game transcend the medium. After only two years, Pac-Man sold over 400,000 arcade cabinets earning US $ 2.5 billion.
Space Invaders – 1978
Looking like a primitive game currently, Space Invaders was a feat of engineering when released in arcades around the world in 1978. In Space Invaders, players control a laser cannon and defend their territory against waves of enemies that gradually descend from the sky.
The idea is to defeat all the enemies before they destroy the planet if you do not go by the way, in a rudimentary screen appears the mythical “Game Over”. Space Invaders remains the most popular arcade game of all time, selling 360,000 units in two years, and earning US $ 2.702 billion in just four years after its initial release.