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Best 2 player games on GamesNostalgia

This category includes 2 player games, also known as two-player games or multiplayer games for two, game experiences designed specifically for two participants, either with competitive or cooperative gameplay.

The concept of 2 player games has always been present throughout the history of gaming, catering to the desire for friendly rivalry or cooperation between two individuals. These games can encompass a wide range of genres, including sports, strategy, fighting, racing, puzzles, and more. One of the first two-player computer games was Archon: The Light and the Dark, the fantasy board game made by Free Fall. The popular coin-op Bubble Bobble is one of the best examples of cooperative arcade games.

Fighting games are perfect for two players: the 1985 C64 game Kung-Fu: The Way of the Exploding Fist was followed by International Karate + and many other titles. This was before the legendary fighting games Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. If these games focus on the competition between two players, a beat-em-up such as Double Dragon II: The Revenge is based on cooperation, like the shooters Contra and Gunstar Heroes.

Clearly, we can't help but mention sports sims like Kick Off 2 and Sensible Soccer, great titles if you play solo but real masterpieces if you play against a friend. Finally, the Amiga racing game Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge is a fantastic example of a 2-player competitive game based on split-screen.

Street Fighter II dosgenesisamiga

Street Fighter II is the arcade sequel to the original Street Fighter and was developed and published by Capcom in 1991. Originally made for arcades, it was later released for other platforms, including that Amiga and PC.

Year: 1992 Genre: Brawler

2 players anime arcade brawler competitive fighting

Contra nesmsx

Contra is a run-and-gun style platformer developed by Konami and published by Erbe Software in 1987. It was released in arcades and on ZX Spectrum and Amstrad PC to start with. The...

Year: 1988 Genre: Shooter

2 players coin-op conversion platform-shooter run and gun science fiction shooter south america

Super Street Fighter II Turbo dosamiga

Super Street Fighter II Turbo is a competitive fighting game created by Capcom and released initially as an arcade in 1994. It is the fifth game in the Street Fighter 2 series, b...

Year: 1995 Genre: Brawler

2 players 3do aga arcade brawler competitive fighting versus

Mortal Kombat II dosamigagenesis

Mortal Kombat II is the second installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise, developed by Midway games and published by Acclaim Entertainment in 1993. This sequel is just one of the ...

Year: 1994 Genre: Brawler

2 players arcade brawler coin-op conversion fighting martial arts motion capture versus violence

The Settlers amigados

The Settlers is a medieval city-building simulation game by Blue Byte Software, first released in 1993 for Commodore Amiga and in 1995 for MS-DOS. In America, it was published as Serf City: Life Is Feudal.

Year: 1993 Genre: Strategy

2 players amiga original game business simulation city building real-time strategy

Golden Axe genesisamiga

Golden Axe is a side-scrolling hack and slash fantasy game created by Sega and released for arcade machines in 1989. The game was ported the same year to the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesi...

Year: 1990 Genre: Brawler

2 players arcade brawler co-op coin-op conversion fantasy hack and slash progressive beat-em-up sword and sorcery

Double Dragon amigagame-boy-advance

Double Dragon is a beat them up created by Technos Japan and released in 1987 by Taito. Originally released as an arcade game, versions were also made for home computers and consol...

Year: 1988 Genre: Brawler

2 players arcade brawler coin-op conversion progressive beat-em-up

Sensible World of Soccer 96/97 amiga

Sensible World of Soccer '96/'97 is the fourth and final release of the popular soccer game created by Sensible Software. Released in 1996 for PC and Amiga, it's mostly an updated ...

Year: 1996 Genre: Sports

2 players birds-eye view football multiplayer real-time soccer sport management sports top-down

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 windows

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 is a side-scrolling platformer produced by Epic Games (at that time under Epic MegaGames). After Arjan Brussee accidentally confirmed its existence in 1994, it was published for Windows in 1998.

Year: 1998 Genre: Platformer

2 players cartoon multiplayer platform-shooter platformer side-scrolling split-screen

Deluxe Galaga amiga

Deluxe Galaga is a shareware remake of the famous arcade Galaga for the Amiga. It was created in 1993 by Edgar M. Vigdal (also the author of Deluxe PacMan). The game is an enhan...

Year: 1994 Genre: Arcade

2 players aga amiga original game arcade enhanced remakes shareware shooter top-down

Sensible World of Soccer 2020 amiga

Sensible World of Soccer 2020 is your dream come true: Sensible Soccer updated with the 2019/2020 season data. The one and only Sensible World of Soccer has updated with all the teams, leagues, and players of the 2019/2020 season.

Year: 2019 Genre: Sports

2 players amiga original game birds-eye view competitive soccer sport management sports

Bubble Bobble amiga

Bubble Bobble is one of the most famous arcades ever created and a personal favorite of GamesNostalgia. This 2D cartoon action platformer designed by Fukio Mitsuji (aka MTJ) was released by Taito initially in 1986.

Year: 1987 Genre: Platformer

2 players arcade clear screen co-op coin-op conversion platformer

Mortal Kombat 3 genesis

Mortal Kombat 3 is the third game in the popular series of fighting arcades created by Midway. The coin-op was released in 1995. The same year several ports, including the Sega Megadrive/Genesis, were released.

Year: 1995 Genre: Brawler

2 players arcade brawler coin-op conversion competitive fighting martial arts motion capture

Mortal Kombat dosgenesisamiga

Mortal Kombat is a side-scrolling fighting game created in 1992 by the four person company Midway Games and released initially as an arcade. Thanks to its huge success, the game wa...

Year: 1993 Genre: Brawler

2 players arcade brawler coin-op conversion fighting martial arts motion capture versus violence