Top 10 console games that began in an arcade

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Before PlayStation and Xbox took over the gaming scene, gamers had to make do with arcade games.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, there were only two ways to play new titles. One option was to obtain a very expensive and frequently sold-out home console.

However, arcades, on the other hand, were a much more affordable option for sampling new games for the average video game junkie.

The dens of arcade cabinets, the birthplace of all modern video gaming, were wondrous places for intrepid gamers.

They provided unique gaming experiences in their glory days, here are ten of the titles that have lasted so long that you might not even realize they started as an arcade game.

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1. Metal Slug

Metal Slug

Metal Slug is an excellent example of how a single arcade title can build a gaming empire. Nazca Corporation first released Metal Slug in 1996.

Games were also released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and several retro consoles.

2. Contra

Contra

The Contra franchise is arguably the most successful video game franchise of all time. The game was released in 1986 by Konami.

Contra was one of the most difficult and profitable arcades of its time. Two years after the cabinet release, Konami released the game for the NES.

3. Super Mario Brothers

Super Mario Brothers

Super Mario Brothers was the first arcade game. It may have been a surprise to some of you that it was released on the NES console. Many of you may even have owned the console and played the game.
Nintendo adapted the title immediately for home systems back in the day.

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time

This game is widely regarded as one of the greatest beat-’em-ups ever made, and it’s not surprising so many people remember it fondly.

Turtles in Time is one of the few games where the sequel outperforms the original so drastically that many people forget about it.


5. Soul Calibur

Soul Calibur

Many fighting games started as arcade cabinets. Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are two examples. What you probably didn’t know is that the Soul Calibur franchise began as a cabinet as well.

The sequel took on the name we are all familiar with today, and the rest is history. Soul Calibur has been released for most consoles and PC since its initial release.


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6. NBA Jam

NBA Jam

In the comfort of one’s own home, NBA Jam is just as much fun as playing in an arcade. There have been many basketball games over the years, but NBA Jam set a standard that few have been able to match.

NBA Jam offers the ideal balance of tight controls and odd sensibilities, giving the game a distinct voice.


7. Mortal Kombat II

Mortal Kombat II

The Mortal Kombat franchise is still one of the most popular and enduring fighting franchises of all time.
Originally released in arcades, this is the second title in the series to take off on the console market.
Mortal Kombat II on the Super Nintendo is a pretty good port of the arcade original.


8. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2:

Since the late 1990s and early 2000s, Marvel Comics has gained in popularity and understanding.
Despite the decline in popularity of the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Capcom still had several popular games.

The best fighting game of all time remains Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.


9. Tetris

Tetris

Tetris was probably the most popular arcade game. The goal of the game is to arrange the tiles in horizontal rows with no gaps. When a “completed” row is created, it is deleted.

Several companies held the copyright at one time, including Nintendo itself. It is confusing and hard to follow the story.


10. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

Gamers may be surprised to learn that Donkey Kong was an arcade game. Compared to the like of Mario Brothers, the game follows the adventures of Donkey Kong, an ape, and his clan of other apes and monkeys. This arcade game is part of a group of arcade games that are considered to be “untouchable”.

The arcade may no longer be the defining destination it once was in the 1980s and 1990s, but the spirit of arcade games lives on.


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