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Classic Arcade Games and Pinball Machines and Where to Get Them

Arcade games or coin-op games (which include video gamespinball machineselectro-mechanical games and redemption games) were typically installed in restaurants, bars and amusement arcades. The period between the late 1970s and the mid-1980s is considered the golden age of arcade video games; one a lot of us either remember or have seen in films and TV series. 

Arcade games were celebrated as a sign of technological progress, and numerous communities and players grew around them. The blockbuster game was Space Invaders, created in 1978. Galaxian (1979), Pac-Man (1980), Battlezone (1980), Defender (1980), and Bosconian (1981) followed, with corner arcades appearing in restaurants, grocery stores, bars and movie theaters all over the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries.

And now, you can play on these arcade game machines from the comfort of your home. Here are some of our top picks.

The following cartridges are considered some of the most popular games released for the Atari system. Among them, you can find classics like Pac-Man, Asteroids, Adventure and Space Invaders.

An arcade game created by Tomohiro Nishikado in 1978.

Donkey Kong (1981)

A platform arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981.

Pac-Man (1980)

A maze arcade game developed and released by Namco in 1980.

Out Run (1986)

A racing video game released in arcades by Sega in September 1986.

Asteroids (1979)

A space-themed multidirectional shooter game released in 1979.

Frogger (1981)

An arcade game developed by Konami and Sega in 1981 .

A competitive fighting game developed by Capcom.

Galaxian (1979)

A 1979 fixed shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco.

Joust (1982)

An arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982.

Galaga (1981)

A fixed shooter arcade game developed by Namco in 1981.

An arcade video game released by Williams Electronics in 1982.

Star Wars (New)

Includes Star Wars, Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Return of the Jedi.

Rampage (1986)

An arcade game created by Bally Midway in 1986.

Dig Dug (1982)

A 1982 maze arcade game developed and published by Namco.

Centipede (1982)

A vertically oriented fixed shooter arcade game produced by Atari, Inc.

A pinball machine is a glass-covered cabinet with metallic balls to score points. Most arcade corners in the 70s and 80s had pinball machines in them, but there’s also a new trend of games being created and made available for the house and office. Below is a mix of new and classics.

Star Wars (New)

A new Star Wars pinball machine from Stern.

An excellent example of a fantastic pinball machine created not long ago.

A Stern Beatles deluxe machine with only 1964 games.

A pinball game featured across every top list on the internet.

KISS (2015)

An excellent example of a fantastic pinball machine created not long ago.

A widespread and popular pinball cabinet from 1997.

One of the most innovative pinball games of its time.

A 1995 game designed by Brian Eddy and released by Midway.

Super Spin (1977)

A true retro classic, the Gottlieb Super Spin is easy to play and easy to love.

Perhaps you’ll be tempted by an Arcade-inspired gift or product such as the ones we’ve collected here.