With the groundwork set in the previous decade, the 1980s saw vast improvements in technology and gameplay, ushering in the golden age of arcade games.
For this list, we’re looking at the best arcade games of the decade in terms of popularity, critical acclaim, longevity, and the impact they’ve made on the video gaming medium. We’re focusing on games that saw popularity primarily in the arcades so while there was indeed a port of Super Mario Bros for coin-op use, you won’t find it here.
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