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 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 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 – 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 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.
GAUNTLET 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 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 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 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 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 – 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.