The Top Arcade Classics

Star Wars impressed, but Donkey Kong was barrels of fun

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 7, 2009 7:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – They may seem primitive alongside your Wii, but lest we forget the glory days of arcade games, Peter Hartlaub counts down the best in the San Francisco Chronicle. The top five:

  1. Donkey Kong: 30 years on, “they’re making documentaries about this incredible video game,” whose barrel-throwing gorilla helped put Nintendo on the map.
  2. Star Wars: The game made you feel “immersed in the movie,” and boasted the voice of Alec Guinness.

  1. Tron: Four mini-games over a great soundtrack made this “no-brainer” a winner.
  2. Robotron 2084: The horror game had clever controls and offered a “nonstop adrenaline-pumping experience.”
  3. After Burner: It cost 75¢, but it was worth every penny: The rocking sit-down version “was as close as you could get to experiencing the dogfighting of Top Gun.”

Donkey Kong beat out the competition.
Donkey Kong beat out the competition.   (Flickr)
Gamer Steve Wiebe, center, plays Donkey Kong in an attempt to break the world record at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 2, 2009. Wiebe failed to break the record.
Gamer Steve Wiebe, center, plays Donkey Kong in an attempt to break the world record at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, June 2, 2009. Wiebe failed to break the record.   (AP Photo)
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