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Iím a high school English teacher, writer, and ninja. My co-op gaming life started with the original Double Dragon arcade game in 1987. As I only owned an NES back then, my Sega Master System-owning friend used to get tired of me wanting to play through Double Dragon with him all the time. I still love cooperative beat-em-ups, including Final Fight, Castle Crashers, and Scott Pilgrim. I was once a competitive Saturn Bomberman player, but otherwise I have always been about the co-op.

My first experience with writing about games came in 2003 when I wrote a full walkthrough for Bomberman Land 2, an amazing Japanese Bomberman RPG. Over the next several years, I continued to write FAQs and Achievement guides for various games, culminating in an award-winning Bionic Commando Rearmed guide. I finally joined the gaming press after Windows Phone 7 launched, covering and reviewing games for Microsoftís fledgling mobile platform. Now Iím on the console scene at Co-Optimus, one of the coolest and most unique gaming sites around.

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Spinner and trackball support to iiRcade coming in the near future.

iiRcade Announces Accessory Support for All Cabinets

iiRcade is a home arcade platform for which users can buy individual games. One thing it has not been until now, though, is an arcade platform with support for trackballs and other devices. That will soon change, though, because iiRcade has just announce that accessory support will be coming to both existing iiRcade cabinets and the upcoming iiRcade Gold Edition cabinets. This should allow for a greater variety of classic arcade games to be offered on the platform.

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No English release date just yet, but we're hopeful.

Earth Defense Force 6 Coming to Japan in August

It's ironic that a site that enjoys the Earth Defense Force series as much as we do hasn't covered the upcoming Earth Defense Force 6 until now. We've been busy, okay? D3 Publisher recently announced a Japanese release date for EDF 6, however, so it's time to start preparing. Earth Defense Force 6 will arrive on PlayStation 4 a...

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Hop online with Warrior Blade and Cybattler or try the new Age of Heroes in local co-op.

Warrior Blade Gains Online Co-op and Silkroad 2 Launches on iiRcade

As home arcade fans surely know, iiRcade is a home arcade cabinet/console for which players can legally purchase classic and modern indie games. This week, the platform’s co-op options just improved thanks to the addition of online co-op to the excellent Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III as well as the launch of a new beat ‘em up with local co-op, The Age of Heroes: Silkroad 2.

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The old House is new again but still filled with zombies.

The House of the Dead: Remake Co-op Review

The original House of the Dead arcade game is one of the titles for which Sega famously lost the source code, hence there were no further ports of the game after the Saturn and PC versions in 1998. Despite the first game’s limited availability, it would go on to spawn numerous sequels and even a terrible Uwe Boll film. Now, more than 20 years...

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Play local co-op in two new classic arcade games or hop online with 5 new games.

Elevator Action Returns and Twin Cobra Hit iiRcade, 2 More Games Get Online Co-op

iiRcade is a home arcade cabinet/console for which players can legally purchase classic and modern indie games. Today, two classic co-op games launched on the platform: Elevator Action Returns from Taito and Twin Cobra from Toaplan. What’s more, five new iiRcade games just received online multiplayer features, including the obscure-but cool beat ‘em up, Knuckle Bash, and the vertically-scrolling shoot ‘em up, Dogyuun, both of which feature 2-player co-op. Plus, the platform just got an auto-fire option for shoot 'em ups.

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The spooky co-op shooter will soon come to more platforms.

House of the Dead: Remake Returns to Life on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC on April 28

Exclusives aren’t necessarily a good thing for gamers, so it’s nice when a timed exclusive heads to more platforms. When the Switch version of The House of the Dead: Remake arrived at the beginning of April, we predicted that other versions wouldn’t be far behind. That has now proven to be true, because Forever Entertainment just announced that HotD: Remake will launch on Xbox, PlayStation, Stadia, and PC on April 28. That’s not a terribly long wait for beefier versions of the classic horror-themed shooter.

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Preorder the physical limited edition for ooooonly 150 bucks.

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection Gets an Expensive Limited Edition

It has certainly been a cowabunga-cool week, Turtles fans. The highly anticipated TMNT: The Shredder’s Revenge finally got a release window yesterday, and preorders have opened for a physical limited edition of the also-anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection. The limited edition of the 13-game collection will come with some attractive physical items, but gamers may balk at how much the whole thing costs.

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Will Casey Jones make the cut in this upcoming co-op beat 'em up?

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge Coming This Summer with Original Voice Actors

It's a great year for Turtles-loving gamers. Not only do we get the exciting TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection from Konami, but Dotemu Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge in store for us as well. Shredder's Revenge is an all-new cooperative beat 'em up that draws on the iconography of the 1987 TMNT cartoon series. Today, we learned that the game takes things a step further by utilizing the original voice actors from the 1987 cartoon as well!

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Preorders open for this collection of 4 classic Sonic games.

Sonic Origins Will Go Fast on Consoles and PC in June

Is this the year of the retro collection? Taito Milestones and Valis: The Fantasm Soldier Collection have already come along, and the upcoming TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection is hotly anticipated. Sega wants in on that classic compilation action too, as Sonic Origins now has a firm release date of June this year. Alongside the release date and opening of the preorders are new details about what the collection of 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog games will contain.

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Get a cool green cartridge and fancy packaging with this co-op classic.

Battletoads & Double Dragon Gets a New NES Print Run

It’s hard to imagine nowadays, but long ago, two of the 8-bit era’s most popular beat ‘em up franchises once teamed up in a single game called Battletoads/Double Dragon. Developed by the wizards at Rare, the crossover game deftly mixed the two properties to produce a game that remains well-liked by those who played it. Sadly, Batt...

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The amusing action RPG gets more platforms and more ways to team up with a friend.

'Nobody Saves the World' Now on PlayStation and Switch, Adds Local Co-op

Drinkbox Studios, the developers of the Guacamelee series, released Nobody Saves the World as a timed Xbox and PC exclusive earlier this year. A lighthearted fantasy-RPG, Nobody Saves the World stars a character named Nobody who can shapeshift into various forms. Now that time has passed, the game has finally arrived on PlayStation and Switch. As if that wasn't cool enough, all versions of Nobody Saves the World now have local co-op in addition to the 2-player online co-op that the Xbox and PC games started with.

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Up to 4 players can be lumberjacks together, and that's okay.

Lumberhill Comes to Switch to Chew Gum and Chop Down Trees, and It's All Out of Gum

Last summer, Polish developer All in! Games released a charming Overcooked-like puzzle/party game called Lumberhill on Steam. Lumberhill allows up to four local or online players to become lumberjacks, frantically chopping down trees and completing other outdoorsy activities while chasing high scores. Lumberhill is the type of game that works perfectly on consoles, so we're pleased to see that it has now arrived on Nintendo Switch.

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