Streets of Rage series:
After playing Sreets of Rage, you might just forget all about Double Dragon. The objective was simple, beat your way through a horde of enemies, grabbing any possible weapon you could use on the way. Bottles, knives, bats, swords, and more all make taking down the bad guys easy, and more fun to boot. Co-Optimus' own Nick Puleo has a soft spot for this series, especially Streets of Rage 2.
Toe Jam & Earl:
With a title like that, you know it's going to be good, right? The titular aliens have crash landed on Earth, and must find the scattered pieces of their ship. These guys don't have ray guns to use, though, instead throwing tomatoes at a mind boggling array of "typical" earth creatures, such as hula girls, giant hamsters, and living mailboxes. The two player split screen was particularly nifty for the time. Toe Jam & Earl has become quite a cult classic in the years since its release.
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Genesis, Sega is running a poll. Players can vote to choose which Sega Genesis classic will be released on Xbox Live Arcade! Some of the games we've looked at today are among the choices: Golden Axe II, Streets of Rage, and Toe Jam & Earl. At the moment, single player standout Earthworm Jim has a commanding lead, but Toe Jam & Earl are in a solid second place. Co-op fans should definitely check the poll out and vote for your favorite of these fine Genesis games. Next week, we'll look at a few more Genesis co-op gems. What games would you like to see us cover?