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The 25 Biggest Selling Arcade Games Of The 1980’s

The 25 Biggest Selling Arcade Games Of The 1980’s

Most of us ‘Children of the 1980’s’ remember the ‘one more go’ feeling of inserting our hard earned coins into our favorite arcade cabinets. Or maybe we remember the excitement of crowding around a friend or older brother when they were getting near to the final level of the latest shoot ‘em up. But if we were to ask you what the best selling arcade games of the 1980’s were, how many of them do you think you’d be able to name?


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For arcade games, success was usually judged by either the number of arcade hardware units sold to operators or the amount of revenue generated from coins inserted into the machines. This particular list is ordered by the most number of hardware units sold. Please also note that the list is strictly restricted to games released in the 1980’s, thus excluding big sellers such as Space Invaders (1978), Asteroids (1979) and Street Fighter II (1991).

So here they are, ‘The 25 Biggest Selling Arcade Games Of The 1980’s’. Which was your favourite?

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1) Pac-Man (1980, 400’000 hardware units sold)

2) Donkey Kong (1981, 132’000 hardware units sold)

3) Ms. Pac-Man (1981, 125’000 hardware units sold)

4) Defender (1981 60’000 hardware units sold)

5) Centipede (1981 55’988 hardware units sold)

6) Mr. Do! (1982, 30’000 hardware units sold)

7) Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, 30’000 hardware units sold)

8) Tempest (1981 29’000 hardware units sold)

8) Q*bert (1982, 25’000 hardware units sold)

9) Robotron: 2084 (1982, 23’000 hardware units sold)

10) Asteroids Deluxe (1981, 22’399 hardware units sold)

11) Dig Dug (1982, 22’228 hardware units sold)

12) Pole Position (1982 21’000 hardware units sold)

13) Out Run (1986, 20’000 hardware units sold)

14) Popeye (1982, 20’000 hardware units sold)

15) Missile Command (1980, 20’000 hardware units sold)

16) Jungle Hunt (1982, 18’000 hardware units sold)

17) Dragon’s Lair (1983, 16’000 hardware units sold)

18) Bezerk (1980, 15’780 hardware units sold)

19) Scramble (1981, 15’136 hardware units sold)

20) Battlezone (1980, 15’122 hardware units sold)

21) Stargate (1983, 15’000 hardware units sold)

22) Star Wars (1983, 12’695 hardware units sold)

23) Super Cobra (1981, 12’337 hardware units sold)

24) Space Duel (1982, 12’038 hardware units sold)


25) Millipede (1982, 9’990 hardware units sold)


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