Arcade Game of the Year – 1993

It’s come to my attention that I’ve missed a few games, specifically light gun games. I don’t think it matters much as I’m pretty confident in my picks so far, but just be advised that the runner ups may not contain all games for their respective years. There are 119 games this year, which tells me I either did a more thorough job this time around or it was that much more of an impressive year. Let’s have it!
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1992

1992 was a really fun year. I’d just turned 10 and was already familiar with a number of different arcades. The ones I more commonly frequented had neo geo machines in them, but there was still the bowling alley that had a number of pinball machines, sit-down cabinets, and classic style arcades. I’m saying this because I didn’t JUST play neo geo games, though I’m sure it might sound like that eventually! There are 82 games this year, so let’s get to it.
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1991

There are 88 games this year, so yeah, slightly more than last year, but about the same as far as quality goes. There were more neo geo titles this year which made selection that much harder. Still I’m pretty confident in my top 5, though not necessarily in the placement. Realistically, though, I feel that only the number one spot is what really matters regarding placement. That said, let’s begin.
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1990

This should be an interesting year as the dawn of the 90s meant Neo Geo. There are 77 games this year and while that’s a definite drop from last year, the rise in quality is obvious. The 80s were a great era, but what I’m interested in is seeing how many definitive “must play” titles there are in the 90s vs. the 80s. I’m also thinking of doing a final count and seeing which companies specifically “made” each era, if you will.
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1989

There are 145 games this year and trust me, it was goddamn hard to pick a top 5. This year, there were a LOT of great games. Yes, you read that right. This was an incredible year for arcade games. In fact, I would be tempted to say this was Capcom year. Oh, and you’ll see why. Let’s put it this way: Capcom could’ve taken all 5 top spots this year. That said, let’s begin.
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1988

This was yet another tough year to select a top 5 because while there are many good games, unfortunately there weren’t that many great ones. However, this year we see a lot of games utilizing newer technology and one that even surprised me. I actually had to check multiple times to ensure 100% that it was definitely released in 1988. There are 119 games this year, so let’s get to it!
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1987

There are 107 games this year, but what makes this year especially tough is there are SO many great titles. It was incredibly hard to winnow this down to a top 5. Hell, it would’ve been hard even doing a top 20! This was a great year in gaming and since this was the first year I ever played games to begin with, well, it’s that much more awesome for me.
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