by Marc Allie 3
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Co-Op Classics: Contra

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start.  This sequence of button presses is still ingrained into the hearts and minds of many gamers today.  It is the famous Konami Code, a cheat that allowed power ups, extra lives, and all sorts of other ways to extend your playtime.  The first use of the Konami Code was in Gradius, a sweet little shoot em up from the glory days of the NES.  But probably the most famous use of the code was in the subject of today's Classic Co-Op: Contra for the NES. You, the readers of Co-Optimus, voted for Contra as this week's Classic Co-Op game.  Considering the other choices are fantastic games in their own right (especially Bubble Bobble, which will probably make it into this column some day), Contra clearly was an important and popular game.  Co-op gameplay was pretty rare at the time of the game's release back in 1988.  That may seem hard to believe today, in a time when many titles include co-op in some form.  In Contra, players take on the role of two superbuff commandos, Mad Dog and Scorpion, as they take on an enemy army, infiltrate some seriously dangerous bases, and then eventually kill the big boss, a wicked looking alien called Red Falcon, which was certainly crimson in hue, but not very birdlike at all. 

by Marc Allie 0
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Guitar Hero Edition DS: Now You're Pickin' with Power!

Ahh, Nintendo.  You and your special edition, funky colored game systems.  They seem like such a waste, and yet, I still bought a translucent green Nintendo 64 back in the day.  It's even worse with the DS Lite.  In my family alone, we have black, black/blue, and black/red DS Lites.  In fact, I just sold my white DS to get the black one a month ago.  And now, you go and announce a Silver and Black DS, with the Guitar Hero logo on it!  What's a fanboy supposed to do?  Ebay the new black DS, and use the funds to get the super cool silver one, with FLAMES on it?  After all, I'm buying the Guitar Hero: On Tour game anyway.  If I'm going to be rocking out in public, shredding on lead guitar while my wingman plays bass, I gotta do it in style, right?  It's hard to resist, given the combination of my obsession with rhythm game peripherals and the allure of a special edition DS Lite.  I may need to go visit my psychiatrist again...

by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 2
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This Week In Co-Op: Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Super Smash Brothers Brawl might be my favorite game of all time. So, it is not a coincidence that SSB: Brawl has a heavy co-op element. If you have seen our review, we think highly of the game and its co-op aspects. Brawl is one of the games that I am constantly playing and is always on my "to play" list. So it's not really surprising that I have many good stories to regale. This week was no different, as Brawl continues to impress me. With the popularity of last week's Crackdown love-fest, I will now tell of fun stories that have come from a week worth playing SSB: Brawl.

by Marc Allie 0
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Dr. Mario Online Co-Op Review

Nintendo has a long history of releasing games on several different systems.  Whether this is a bad thing or not largely depends on whether you are a fan or critic of Nintendo franchises in general.  Put me firmly in the "fan" camp.  I have no problem with this recycling, as long as the games are good, which in Nintendo's case, they usually are.  Who could argue that buying Smash Brothers three times was a waste of money?  And Tetris for the DS was absolutely worth purchasing, though I'd played it on the original Game Boy for years.  Let's consider Dr. Mario Online for a moment, then.  It's been available for the NES, Nintendo 64, and for the GBA TWICE, and recently it hit the WiiWare service.  Is it worth checking out, given the addition of a co-op mode? 

by Marc Allie 2
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Co-Op Release Alert: Wolf of the Battlefield

In a mere 24 hours, give or take, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 will be released on Xbox Live Arcade (the Playstation Network version came out last week).  We previewed the game last week here at Co-Optimus.  Team up with up to three other friends, either locally or online, to blow stuff up and save the world from the bad guys.  It looks to be a fun little game, if you are into that sort of thing (which we know you are, being a reader of this site, after all).

by Nick Puleo 2
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Assault Heroes 2 Co-Op Review

One of the surprise titles of Xbox Live Arcade was Assault Heroes from Wanako games.  It was a witty, beautiful, and most importantly fun top down shooter with cooperative play.  Over a year later Wanako is back with the sequel and it promises to have more style, more bad guys, and more levels.  Most importantly the game has a renewed focus on co-op play with not only co-op specific attacks, but different ways to play cooperatively including replaying specific sections of the game or playing through the game in it's entirety.

by Blake "V Kulla" Corner 8
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Gamepro Says Halo Wars Will Have Co-op

Well, its seems that the next chapter in the monolithic Halo series, Halo Wars, will have co-op. Sites like Joystiq are reporting that Gamepro magazine has a world exclusive on the new Halo-flavored real-time strategy game. In thier latest issue (July), Gamepro says that the game will have two-player online co-op and six player multiplayer. The July issue also reveals more about the vehicles in the game, including some not featured in previous Halo games. So, co-op Halo fans rejoice and pray this is 100% true.

by Marc Allie 11
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Choose Your Own Co-Op Classic!

Anyone who grew up in the 80s will remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books.  The books were wildly popular, though frowned on by my school librarian.  The hook was that you took the role of the main character, and made choices which affected the outcome of the story.  Of course, you could read it again, and make different choices to get a better ending.  This week, prepare to relive this experience, a bit, and get ready to...

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