Top 10 Local Co-Op Games

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Local Coop Gaming isn’t as popular today as it once was, and today we see less and less of these games which is really unfortunate considering how much fun they are, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying some of the classics listed below. If you’ve been searching for a few local coop games for you and your buddy to try out, give a few of these games a shot and let us know what you think.

Metal SlugMETAL SLUG – ARCADE
Were you lucky enough to have a SNK machine at your local Arcade? Metal Slug X is an upgraded version of Metal Slug 2 and is truely the masterpiece of 2D action-shooting. Originally released in 1999 for the Neo Geo, this side scroller shooter was one arcade game you didn’t feel bad dumping a million quarters into to beat. The iOS version plays very well and feels authentic to the original SNK release. If you love Metal Slug like me pick it up.

Double DragonDOUBLE DRAGON – ARCADE
Double Dragon is a 1987 beat ‘em up developed by Technōs Japan and distributed in North America and Europe by Taito Corporation. Double Dragon is considered to be one of the first successful examples of the genre, resulting in the creation of two arcade sequels and several spinoffs, as well as inspiring other companies in creating their own beat ‘em ups. The game was listed at #41 in Electronic Gaming Monthly “200 Greatest Games of their time.

Contra NESCONTRA – NES
The run and gun 1988 Konami classic you play as Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer and Lance “Scorpion” Bean, who are sent on a mission to neutralize a terrorist group called the Red Falcon Organization that is planning to take over the Earth. Much of the game’s popularity came from its two-player simultaneous gameplay, which was an uncommon feature in video games at the time of Contra’s release.
 

Streets of Rage 2STREETS OF RAGE 2 – GENESIS
The city was once a happy, peaceful place…until one day, a powerful secret criminal organization took over. This vicious syndicate soon had control of the government and even the police force. Released in 1992 by Sega, this brawler ranks as one of my all time favorites. Play as Max, Axel, Blaze or Skate and battle through the streets to defeat Mr. X and his organization. For only 99 cents this is a perfect pickup to satisfy your old school Genesis needs.

Gaunlet LegendsGAUNTLET LEGENDS – DREAMCAST
Gauntlet Legends is an arcade game released in 1998 by Atari Games. It is a fantasy themed hack and slash game, a sequel to 1985′s popular Gauntlet and 1986′s Gauntlet II and marks the final game in the series to be produced by Atari Games. In 1999, the game was ported to several video game consoles including PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast.
 

Cannon SpikeCANNON SPIKE – DREAMCAST
A multi-directional shooter arcade game released in 2000 for the Dreamcast by Capcom. Cannon Spike is similar to games like Smash TV and Capcom’s Commando, although with primary focus on boss fighting. Cannon Spike is noted as one of the last games released for Dreamcast. On release, Famitsu magazine scored the Dreamcast version of the game a 30 out of 40. The game holds a 69.69% score at GameRankings.

Star Wars Jedi BattlesSTAR WARS JEDI POWER BATTLES – DREAMCAST
An action adventure Star Wars video game set during the time frame of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Players can choose from one of five prequel-era Jedi and run, jump, slash, and use the Force through the game’s ten levels. The single player campaign can also be played in cooperative mode with a second player, while the Dreamcast version has an additional training mode and a two player duel mode.

Contra Shattered SoldierCONTRA SHATTERED SOLDIER – PS2
Contra: Shattered Soldier marks a return to the two-dimensional gameplay style employed by the series original titles. Like Hard Corps, Shattered Soldier has multiple endings. However, the ending received now depends on player performance, rather than the path taken during the course of a game. Rearmed was well received and reviewers praised the fact that the game was true to the original, and lauded the updated gameplay and graphics.

Hard Corps UprisingHARD CORPS UPRISING – XBOX 360 ARCADE
Hard Corps: Uprising is a video game developed by Arc System Works. It is a prequel to Contra: Hard Corps. The game is essentially a remake of the original Konami classic Contra. Many new moves have been added. The character can dash, dash in mid-air, double-jump and deflect enemy projectiles by bouncing them back. Additional moves can also be purchased in Rising Mode.
 

Bionic Commando RearmedBIONIC COMMANDO – 360 / PC
Bionic Commando Rearmed is an enhanced remake of the 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System version of Bionic Commando. It was developed by Grin and published by Capcom for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade and was released on August 13, 2008. The remake serves as a prelude to the 2009 video game Bionic Commando.
 

Top 10 Dreamcast Games

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3rd StrikeSTREET FIGHTER III 3RD STRIKE
Fight for the Future is this 2D competitive fighting game produced by Capcom. Originally released for the arcade in 1999, 3rd Strike increased the character roster by adding five new characters, including Chun-Li. It also added further refinements to the previous game’s play mechanics and rules. At the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom announced that an online edition of 3rd Strike titled Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition was in development.

shenmueSHENMUE
A 1999 adventure video game produced and directed by Yu Suzuki. Suzuki coined a genre title for its nonlinear gameplay, “FREE” (Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment), for the game, based on the interactivity and freedom he wanted to give to the player. It was first to introduce aspects such as night and day, real time weather, and fully voiced characters. We are still waiting for Shenmue III to complete the saga.

power stonePOWER STONE 2
Originally an Arcade game, this multiplayer fighting game allows up to 4 players to choose from multiple characters and utilize items such as tables, chairs, and rocks in battle. The Dreamcast version of the game is one of the rarer games for the system, worth up to $200 according to the rarity guide. Famitsu magazine scored the game a 31 out of 40. IGN rated the game a 9/10 noting the stage detail, visual style, diverse soundtrack and various game modes.

soulLEGACY OF KAIN SOUL REAVER
Action-adventure game that chronicles the journey of the vampire-turned-wraith Raziel, lieutenant to the vampire lord Kain. Raziel is killed by Kain, but is revived by The Elder God to become his “soul reaver” and to exact revenge. IGN states “It’s one game that achieves nearly everything it sets out to do” GamePro praised the aspect of shifting between realms, particularly the visual effects involved.

cannonCANNON SPIKE
A multi-directional shooter arcade game released in 2000 for the Dreamcast by Capcom. Cannon Spike is similar to games like Smash TV and Capcom’s Commando, although with primary focus on boss fighting. Cannon Spike is noted as one of the last games released for Dreamcast. On release, Famitsu magazine scored the Dreamcast version of the game a 30 out of 40. The game holds a 69.69% score at GameRankings.

ikarugaIKARUGA
A shoot ‘em up video game developed by Treasure released in 2001. The gameplay consists of shooting enemies who come in one of two polarities: either black or white. The player’s ship can be either polarity, and can be switched at will. Although it garnered modest sales, it is among the most successful and recognized arcade shooter ports of the 2000s. GameRankings places the average review score for Ikaruga at 86%.

soldierMILLENNIUM SOLDIER EXPENDABLE
A coop shoot ‘em up video game that takes place sometime in the Post-apocalyptic future, where most of the galaxy was conquered by a hostile alien race. To combat the aliens, scientists had developed a “Millennium Soldier” project (hence the title) through cloning two super-soldiers (hence, Player 1 and Player 2) to battle the aliens. Like most top-down run and gun video games, it has collectable upgrades and weapons.

Vampire ChroniclesVAMPIRE CHRONICLES
Limited to only 5000 copies and available exclusively through Sega Direct, this Japanese-only fighting compilation collects all the Darkstalkers games into a single disc. In a unique twist, however, the game’s aren’t seperated they’re instead mixed into one huge game that allows you to choose your styles and preferences from each. The game includes a variety of character types, including Vampire, Vampire Hunter, Vampire Saber, and others.

star warsSTAR WARS EPISODE 1 JEDI POWER BATTLES
An action adventure Star Wars video game set during the time frame of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Players can choose from one of five prequel-era Jedi and run, jump, slash, and use the Force through the game’s ten levels. The single player campaign can also be played in cooperative mode with a second player, while the Dreamcast version has an additional training mode and a two player duel mode.

swordSWORD OF THE BERSERK
A hack and slash action video game for the Dreamcast based on the popular Berserk manga by Kentarō Miura. The game is set between volume 22 and 23 of the manga; right after Guts and Puck depart for Elfhelm. Released around the same time as Shenmue, Sword of the Berserk is notable for its early use of quick time events. On release, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 30 out of 40.

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Top 10 Mobile Retro Games

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xmenX-MEN
“X-Men Arcade” brings the excitement of the Marvel universe and the smash-hit arcade game to iOS and Android powered devices. The arcade game we all fought over when it came out. Choose from a variety of characters and slash your way through this beat’m up side scroller. I’ve dumped countless quarters into this game growing up, so paying a few more for an iOS port was a no brainer. If you’re a fan of classic arcade hits you won’t be disapointed.

streets of rage 2STREETS OF RAGE 2
The city was once a happy, peaceful place…until one day, a powerful secret criminal organization took over. This vicious syndicate soon had control of the government and even the police force. Released in 1992 by Sega, this brawler ranks as one of my all time favorites. Play as Max, Axel, Blaze or Skate and battle through the streets to defeat Mr. X and his organization. For only 99 cents this is a perfect pickup to satisfy your old school Genesis needs.

mega manMEGA MAN X
Originally released for the Super Nintendo in 1993, this is yet another classic platformer that’s been rebooted with HD graphics. This game plays really well and is a smooth side scroller. Mega Man X has met with positive reviews for its gameplay, sound, and graphics, as well as its attempt to augment the aging Mega Man franchise. If you grew up playing Capcom classics I think you will enjoy this one.

double dragonDOUBLE DRAGON TRILOGY
A classic beat’em up that was originally released in the arcade in 1987 by Taito and listed at #41 in Electronic Gaming Monthly magazines “200 Greatest Games of their time”. This Arcade port provides two player coop mode and external controller support. Controls are good and the graphics are on par with the original. This is an excellent pickup for only a few bucks and one of the few classic arcade coop games in the iOS library.

contraCONTRA EVOLUTION HD
Who doesn’t love Contra? If you’re like me, you know the secret code by heart. This is a remake of the original Contra with enhanced graphics and gameplay functionality. It’s actually a pretty good reboot and if you’re a die hard Contra fan like me you will want to have it in your library. Unfortunately no external controller support and no coop mode takes away from the full potential and fun factor Nonetheless it’s a great pickup.

rtypeR-TYPE
This side scroller shooter is a real challenge for any gamer. The player controls a space fighter named R-9a “Arrowhead” to defend humanity against a mysterious powerful alien life-form known as the “Bydo”. The original R-Type was well received by most gaming critics. However, it was also infamous for its relentless difficulty. It earned 7th place in IGN’s Top 10 most difficult games to beat. Pick it up if you were a fan of the original.

outofthisworldANOTHER WORLD
Originally released in 1991, this cult classic, also known as Out of this World, helped bring about a new generation of 16 Bit gaming unlike anything before it’s time. The immersive atmosphere, combined with the futuristic feel and contemporary art style gave the game a feeling unlike other games at the time.. The reboot has been slightly modernized with updated graphics but hasn’t lost any of its original feel.

metal slugMETAL SLUG X
Were you lucky enough to have a SNK machine at your local Arcade? Metal Slug X is an upgraded version of Metal Slug 2 and is truely the masterpiece of 2D action-shooting. Originally released in 1999 for the Neo Geo, this side scroller shooter was one arcade game you didn’t feel bad dumping a million quarters into to beat. The iOS version plays very well and feels authentic to the original SNK release. If you love Metal Slug like me pick it up.

sonicSONIC THE HEDGEHOG
The first Sonic game, titled Sonic the Hedgehog, was a platform game released in 1991 by Sega. Doesn’t get much better than the original Sonic. If you owned a Genesis you definitely had this game. Within a few minutes you’ll be ripping through levels like it was 1991. This is a must have for anyone who grew up with Sega and loved Sonic. The controls aren’t perfect but it’s sitll worth the small price tag.

marvel vs capcomMARVEL VS CAPCOM 2
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes is a 2000 fighting game developed and published by Capcom. It is the fourth game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series and is considered one of the best fighting games of all time. Combine Ryu and the Hulk and you have a blockbuster arcade smash. The controls are revamped for the iPad touch screen and you are able to pull off your special combos with ease.

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Top 10 Colecovision Games

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ZAXXONZAXXON
Zaxxon is a 1982 isometric shooter arcade game developed and released by Sega. The game gives the player the experience of flying a fighter craft through a fortress while shooting at enemy entities (missiles, enemy gunfire, etc. The object of the game is to hit as many targets as possible without being shot down or running out of fuel—which can be replenished, paradoxically, by blowing up fuel drums.

COSMIC AVENGERCOSMIC AVENGER
Cosmic Avenger is a 1981 arcade game developed and published by Universal and later ported to the ColecoVision video game console. Fly your ship across the metro landscape and shoot down opposing enemies with your laser beams and ground bombs. Classic Game Room notes that Cosmic Avenger is the first continuous horizontal side-scrolling space shooter ever developed. Wes Hupp holds the official record for this game with 117,290 points on Nov 17, 1982.

BUCK ROGERSBUCK ROGERS – PLANET OF ZOOM
Sega released the arcade video game Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom in 1982. It was a forward-scrolling rail shooter where the user controls a spaceship in a behind-the-back third-person perspective that must destroy enemy ships and avoid obstacles; the game was notable for its fast pseudo-3D scaling and detailed sprites. The game would later go on to influence the 1985 Sega hit Space Harrier, which in turn influenced the 1993 Nintendo hit Star Fox.

DONKEY KONGDONKEY KONG
Coleco did not offer the game cartridge stand-alone; instead, they bundled it with their ColecoVision, which went on sale in August 1982. Notably Coleco didn’t port it to the Atari 5200, a system comparable to their own, as opposed to the less powerful 2600 and Intellivision. Coleco’s console versions of Donkey Kong sold six million cartridges in total, grossing over $153 million, and earning Nintendo over $5 million in royalties.

GORFGORF
Gorf is an arcade game released in 1981 by Midway. It is a multiple-mission fixed shooter with five distinct modes of play, essentially making it five games in one. It is well known for its use of synthesized speech, a new feature at the time. Gorf was originally intended to be a tie-in with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but when the game designers read the film’s script, they realized that the concept would not work as a video game.

HEISTTHE HEIST
Released in 1984 by Micro Fun for the Colecovision, you’re character is a cat burglar, it’s up to you to collect all of the valuable paintings from each level while avoiding security systems, pits and robotic sentries which move back and forth. Each level is comprised of three floors and ladders connecting them. Your cat burglar has only the ability to jump, and you must rely entirely on that to keep you alive.

LOOPINGLOOPING
Strap on your goggles, rev up the engines and take off! Your Looping plane soars over a world unlike any you’ve ever imagined. Fire bullets into a rocket station to open the gate. Beware of launched balloons! Test your flying accuracy and sense of direction by steering your plane through a maze of pipes. Stranger perils await. There are rooms full of green drops, twinkle monsters and bouncing balls. Can you outsmart them all and reach The End?

MINERMINER 2049ER
Miner 2049er is a platform game created by Bill Hogue that was released in 1982 by Big Five Software. The game was licensed in conjunction with International Computer Group. At the time of its release, Miner 2049′er was notable for having ten different screens, which was a large number for a platform game. The title ‘Miner 2049er’ is a play on the nickname ‘Miner 49er’ given to those who flocked to California during the gold rush of the mid-19th century.

POPEYEPOPEYE
Popeye is a 1982 arcade game developed and released by Nintendo based on the Popeye cartoon characters. The object of the game is for Popeye to collect a certain number of items dropped by Olive Oyl, depending on the level — 24 hearts, 16 musical notes, or 24 letters in the word HELP — while avoiding the Sea Hag, Brutus and other dangers. This is Nintendo’s first real entrance into the gaming industry, the rest is history.

SMURFSSMURF RESCUE IN GARGAMEL’S CASTLE
Gargamel has kidnapped Smurfette. As a Smurf, the player has to walk from the Smurf village through a forest and a cave on the way to Gargamel’s castle, where Smurfette awaits rescue. The Coleco version contains an Easter egg. Upon reaching Smurfette’s screen, the player can return to the previous screen. Just before the screen changes, it will appear as though the top of Smurfette’s dress comes off, making her appear topless.

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Top 10 Arcade Games

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DONKEY KONGDONKEY KONG
Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles. In the game, Jumpman must rescue a damsel in distress, Lady, from a giant ape named Donkey Kong. The hero and ape later became two of Nintendo’s most popular characters.

STREET FIGHTER IISTREET FIGHTER II: CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION
Street Fighter II’: Champion Edition is a competitive fighting game released for the arcades by Capcom in 1992. It was the first of several updated versions of the original Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. Sales Street Fighter II: Champion Edition exceeded $2.3 billion in gross revenue, making it one of the top 10 biggest grossing arcade games of all time, and is still played competitively today across the globe.

DOUBLE DRAGONDOUBLE DRAGON
Double Dragon is a 1987 beat ‘em up developed by Technōs Japan and distributed in North America and Europe by Taito Corporation. Double Dragon is considered to be one of the first successful examples of the genre, resulting in the creation of two arcade sequels and several spinoffs, as well as inspiring other companies in creating their own beat ‘em ups. The game was listed at #41 in Electronic Gaming Monthly “200 Greatest Games of their time.

DIG DUGDIG DUG
Dig Dug is an arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan in 1982. The objective of Dig Dug is to eliminate underground-dwelling monsters by either inflating them with an air pump until they explode, or by dropping rocks on them. There are two kinds of enemies in the game: Pookas and Fygars. Dig Dug was rated the sixth most popular coin-operated video game of all time by the Killer List of Video Games website.

ALIEN PREDATORALIEN VS PREDATOR
Alien vs. Predator is a beat ‘em up video game developed and released by Capcom for the CPS-2 arcade game system in 1994. In the game, the players take control of up to three human and Predator characters in a battle against the Alien hordes and rogue human soldiers. The game was very well received by fans and media publications, becoming a classic title for many fans of the beat ‘em up genre, but was never ported to any home system.

DISCS OF TRONDISCS OF TRON
Based on the classic 1980′s film “Tron”. You play as Tron and fling discs at Sark in an attempt to knock him off his platform. Knocking off Sark will advance you to the next level. Other levels vary the level and number of platforms to jump between and progressively gets more difficult. The arcade machine stands out from the rest with it’s blue lighting and glowing joystick. This game was released just before the video game crash of 1983.

OFF ROADOFF ROAD
Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road is an arcade video game released in 1989 by Leland Corporation. The game was endorsed by professional off road racer Ivan Stewart. Virgin Games produced several home versions in 1990. In 1991, an NES version was later released by Leland’s Tradewest subsidiary followed by versions for most major home formats, including NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, Amiga and MS-DOS.

JOUSTJOUST
Joust is an arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982. It is a platform game that features two-dimensional (2D) graphics. The player uses a button and joystick to control a knight riding a flying ostrich. The object is to progress through levels by defeating groups of enemy knights riding buzzards. The game was well received in arcades and by critics, who praised the gameplay.

GHOSTSGHOSTS’N GOBBLINS
Ghosts ‘n Goblins is a platform game where the player controls a knight, named Sir Arthur, who must defeat zombies, ogres, demons, cyclops, dragons and other monsters in order to rescue Princess Prin Prin, who has been kidnapped by Satan, king of Demon World. Along the way the player can pick up new weapons, bonuses and extra suits of armor that can help in this task. Ranks as Capcom’s 8th best selling franchise, selling over 4.4 million units.

FINAL FIGHTFINAL FIGHT
Final Fight is a side-scrolling beat-’em-up produced by Capcom. Originally released as an arcade game in 1989, The game began development as a sequel to the original Street Fighter released in 1987, but the genre was switched from a fighting game to a beat ‘em up and the title was changed following the success of Double Dragon. Final Fight took No. 1 spot as Best Game of 1990 in the 4th Annual Grand Prize.

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