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The Lost Vikings

‚ÄčOne of the first titles released by the studio that would later become Blizzard (and they sure know their co-op), the SNES version of this game hit store shelves in 1992.  Two players could swap between the three Vikings at will, using each one's unqiue attributes to solve puzzles and progress through the levels.  The interaction between the Vikings was tremendously varied, and this added much to the game, making it stand head and shoulders above the rank and file platformers of the time.  A brilliant design from beginning to end, The Lost Vikings was critically acclaimed at the time and still is today.   

 

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Zombies are all the rage now, but back in the 16-bit era, they were unusual.  This game is virtually oozing with personality, with a tongue-in-cheek 50s horror movie vibe and a hefty dose of humor.  The subject matter caused Nintendo to ask for some alterations to the game, as was often the case with SNES versions of "violent" games, most notably Mortal Kombat.  Still, the game was fun whether the blood was gory red or tamer purple goo.  A huge variety of items and interesting enemies make Zombies Ate My Neighbors a highlight of the Super Nintendo era.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was a fantastic console, and included many great co-op games as well as continuing superstar single player series like Mario, Zelda, and Metroid.  Though the Genesis was only closely behind, the SNES allowed Nintendo to remain on top of the 16-bit generation.  The two followup consoles, the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube, were overshadowed by their contemporaries, and it wasn't until the Wii became a household name that Nintendo would find similar success.  The Super Nintendo remains popular to this day, and for good reason.  It's a sweet gaming system and it had some truly excellent games, not the least of which are these Co-op Classics.


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