Geek Trivia

What Was The First Cooperative Play Console Game?

Gauntlet
Asteroids
Night Stalker
Double Dragon
The Coin Widely Believed To Have Popularized The Idea Of "Heads Or Tails" Was The?


Answer: Asteroids

For most video game fans, their earliest memories of co-operative play revolve around classic side-scrolling co-op games like Contra and hack ‘n slash dungeon crawlers like Gauntlet. Long before these notable greats in the history of co-op gaming, however, there were cooperative modes hidden away in even earlier console games.

The first video game to include a two-player cooperative mode was Asteroids. The 1979 Atari-based console release of the game included a version where each player, using their own paddle, could control a ship and assist in blasting the continuous onslaught of asteroids.

While gamers enjoyed a variety of Arcade-based cooperative games throughout the early 1980s, it wasn’t until the late 1980s that cooperative games enjoyed a strong showing on consoles. Notable games from this golden era of cooperative gaming include: Legendary Wings (1988/NES), Contra (1988/NES), and Altered Beast (Sega/1989).