A nostalgic trip for two: The retro co-op video games we remember

Sure, gaming alone can be a great way to escape and get immersed into another world. But there’s certainly something special about sharing a co-op gaming experience together with someone, whether it’s a friend or a family member.

Grab that second, beaten-up controller and get ready for a nostalgic trip back to the classic multiplayer games many of us remember.


From local co-op to the internet

Video games, as we know them today, started to become popular in the 1970s when Atari released home consoles. Nintendo soon followed by releasing their first series of video game consoles in the late 1970s.

Since then, the co-op experience has evolved and moved on to all kinds of platforms and genres. Gamers today still gather in the sofa to play together, but also on the internet to enjoy multiplayer video games, and other popular games like slots online.


Co-op games we grew up with

If you grew up with consoles and video games, chances are you have some fond memories of co-op adventures. Those retro games that required player one and player two to co-operate and use teamwork could be both stressful and amazing!

Few things are as rewarding as beating a tough boss together, or with combined efforts finding that hidden solution you’ve been running around looking for.


List: 12 popular retro co-op and multiplayer games

So, we’ve made a list of games that you may or may not recognise. Are you ready? Press A!


Kirby Super Star

This cute platform game was first played on the NES in 1996.



Gauntlet from 1985 was developed by Atari, with fantasy-themed hack and slash gameplay.


Double Dragon

Released in 1987, this beat ‘em up video game featured the twin brothers Billy Lee and Jimmy. The side scrolling fighting game could be played on several platforms such as the NES, the Sega Master System, Atari, and Game Boy.


Streets of Rage

Another popular side-scrolling beat ‘em up game, developed by Sega in 1991, where you played as former police officers trying to save an American city from a crime syndicate.


Snow Brothers

This platform arcade video game from 1990 features the two snowmen Nick and Tom, throwing snowballs at enemies.


Mortal Kombat 2

A true classic from 1993, equally challenging and addictive!


Battletoads in Battlemaniacs

Another classic from the year of 1993.


Simpsons Arcade

Up to four players can play as the Simpsons family as they try to rescue little Maggie. Released in 1991 by Konami.


Guardian Heroes

This beat ‘em up video game from 1996 was called a fighting RPG by the development team.


X-men Arcade

Punching and kicking enemies, and teaming up against bosses like Magneto, was the aim in this side-scrolling game by Konami from 1992.


River City Ransom

Perhaps one of the best beat ‘em up games for the NES, released in 1989 and remastered in 2017 because of its popularity.


Secret of Mana

Another classic for the NES, released in 1993 as an action RPG, containing challenges ranging from boss fights to puzzles.


There are of course many more awesome co-op and multiplayer games out there that we haven’t mentioned. Which retro co-op games are your favourites? Let us know in the comments!

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