Ever wonder what the highest-grossing arcade games were? Come have a look

If you’re a 70s, 80s or early 90s child then you will understand the value that arcade gaming brought to the gaming scene. No matter how cool your console or PC might have been, it could just never live up to the glory of arcade games. These games were made for one purpose – to run only one game at the best possible quality to ensure that it ate away all our 20c pieces. I’ve always wondered how much money these arcade cabinets made back in the day, considering that it’s really an old school form of microtransactions. Wonder no more.

The folks over at US Gamer ran a feature to showcase what the various games brought their respective manufacturers. I think your jaw is about to hit the ground because the top three machines made their owners a bucket load of money. No wonder arcades are still popular in Japan to this day. Let’s have a look:

10 – Donkey Kong (1981)
Nintendo
Cabinets Sold: 132,000
Revenue by 1982: $280,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $686,262,000

9 – Mortal Kombat (1991)
Midway
Cabinets Sold: 24,000
Revenue by 2002: $570,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $748,462,000

8 – Mortal Kombat II (1993)
Midway
Cabinets Sold: 27,000
Revenue by 2002: $600,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $787,607,559

7 – Asteroids (1979)
Atari
Cabinets Sold: 100,000
Revenue by 1991: $800,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $1,346,548,823

6 – Defender (1981)
Williams
Cabinets Sold: 60,000
Revenue by 1993: $1,000,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $1,588,463,873

5 – NBA Jam (1993)
Midway
Cabinets Sold: 20,000
Revenue by 1994: $1,100,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $1,704,501,968

4 – Ms. Pac-Man (1981)
Bally Midway
Cabinets Sold: 125,000
Revenue by 1987: $1,200,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $2,494,552,816

3 – Street Fighter II/Champion Edition (1992)
Capcom
Cabinets Sold: 200,000 (60,000 SF II, 140,000 CE)
Revenue by 1995: $2,312,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $3,582,553,228

2 – Space Invaders (1978)
Taito
Cabinets Sold: 360,000
Revenue by 1982: $2,702,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $6,612,228,000

1 – Pac-Man (1980)
Namco
Cabinets Sold: 400,000
Revenue by 1990: $3,500,000,000
Inflation adjusted: $7,681,491,635

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