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23 Arcade Games You Definitely Played Growing Up In The '90s

So many tokens well spent.

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2. NBA Jam

Midway Games

Everything about NBA Jam brought out the competitive spirit in gamers. From the "Boom shaka-laka!" shouted after a filthy dunk, to hitting a few shots in a row and getting your player on fire, this remains one of the most unique, iconic sports games ever.

3. Mortal Kombat/Mortal Kombat II

Midway Games

So many quarters were fed to this machine as you mastered your favorite character's moveset, hoping to learn the different Fatalities.

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6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time

dylanssnow / Konami

This was another game that could be found in pretty much any arcade, and it was quite popular on home gaming systems as well.

8. NFL Blitz

Midway Games

This was NBA Jam but for football, and it changed the way many of us watch professional football, because we can't figure out why more teams don't run that infamous "Da Bomb" play.

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9. X-Men: The Arcade Game

Konami

There was nothing better than controlling your favorite mutants as you did usual beat 'em up game activities, walking around and opening cans of whoop ass on your enemies.

10. Metal Slug

SNK Playmore

There were many shooting games in arcades back in the day, yet this managed to be one of the more popular ones, even having a new game released in 2009.

11. Virtua Fighter 2

Sega

Yes, there were many a fighting games at the arcade, but this one had some interesting characters, like Shun Di, who a super intoxicated old man who fittingly uses Druken Kung Fu against his opponents.

13. Tekken

Namco

There were only eight different characters, but you could control each fighter's four limbs individually. Punch with the right, kick with the left, it may be whatever now, but back then that was a groundbreaking factor for the fighting game crowd.

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15. Cruis’n USA/Cruis’n World

Midway Games / donshal / Via instagram.com

Racing on streets that were loosely based on real-life US locations was fun, but Cruis'n World took it to another level with new cars and tracks all over the world.

17. Prop Cycle

Namco

Prop Cycle let you sit in a seat and pedal your heart out, watching your character fly around on screen with solid graphics that felt mesmerizing at the time.

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22. WWF Wrestlemania the Arcade Game

Midway Games

This delivered the brutality of Mortal Kombat but with wrestlers! Though there weren't many to choose from, when it comes to wrestling arcade games, this earned the title of the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.

23. Crazy Taxi

Sega

Something about hopping in that little arcade cabinet and driving around recklessly, trying to get these characters where they needed to be in a certain amount of time provided such an adrenaline rush. Surely there are some elite Uber drivers on the road today, solely because they wanted to live out their Crazy Taxi fantasies.

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