Top 4 Highest Grossing Arcade Games of All Time

Ever wonder which of your favorite titles is the most popular arcade game of all time? This list may surprise you, depending on which game is your personal favorite. These top four games have tallied incredible sales numbers and had a huge influence on the future of gaming – they’re all-stars.

You have so many favorite arcade titles, you can’t pick which cabinet to buy. Guess what? When you purchase multi-game arcade machines, you don’t have to choose. You can find a cabinet that plays all of the top grossing arcade titles of all time:

1. Pac-Man

Is it any surprise that “Pac-Man” tops the list? Selling 400,000 cabinets between 1980 and 1982, the game can only be described as an instant hit. It has been estimated that the game’s total revenue, adjusted for inflation, is $7.68 billion in quarters.

2. Space Invaders

Between 1978 and 1980, 360,000 “Space Invaders” cabinets were sold in the U.S. and Japan. By 1982, the game had grossed $2 billion in quarters, equivalent to over $7 billion in 2016. As one of the earliest shooting games, the title’s popularity instantly skyrocketed, likely due to its similarities to other popular entertainment from the time period, such as the Star Wars franchise.

3. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

Released in 1991, “Street Fighter II” quickly became an arcade favorite before being ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with great success. It’s estimated that by 1995, the original “Street Fighter II” and Capcom’s Championship Edition had procured over $2.3 billion in arcade machine revenue.

4. Ms. Pac-Man

Released in 1981, “Ms. Pac-Man” featured a couple of exciting twists that the original “Pac-Man” lacked: a female lead character and revised map designs. The game appealed to female gamers and was an instant success, selling a total of 125,000 cabinets. It was produced by Bally/Midway Manufacturing, an American company, and became the top selling American-produced arcade machine of the age, earning over $1.2 billion by 1987.

What’s your favorite title from this list? You can custom order your own cabinet and personally select which games you prefer to play. Check out Arcade Classic’s selection of titles online and start dreaming of your perfect arcade cabinet.