Our Weekend In Gaming: Everyone's Favorite Web-Slinger

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Everyone's Favorite Web-Slinger

Your friendly neighborhood Co-Opticrew has two things in mind this weekend:  slingin' webs and takin' selfies. Our Destiny 2 exploits aren't a thing of the past quite yet, but Mr. Parker and his band of no-good adversaries have certainly seemed to turn our heads.  How much staying power does alt-New York have in this group of co-op devotees?  I suppose we'll find out in future weeks.Elsewhere, we have barbarians, old-timey mechs, and tombs all lined up for our own entertainment.  Check it out!

Limited Time Co-Op Challenge Available in Mario Tennis Aces

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Version 2.0 of Mario Tennis Aces drops today and brings with it the first of many limited time co-op challenges that you can take on with friends in order to unlock new outfits and new color schemes for the in-game characters. The current challenge is titled "Boo Hunt" and is available starting today until Thursday, October 11.With the implementation of the Nintendo Switch Online Service today, you will need an active subscription to play this new co-op challenge with friends over the Internet. Fortunately, you can also play locally with four friends provided every one has their own Joy-Con as the challenge uses the "Swing Mode" mechanics where you swing the Joy-Con like a tennis racket. You can check out the full list of changes and updates in the patch notes over on the Nintendo Support site.Mario Tennis Aces is available on the the Nintendo Switch. Two player couch co-op is supported in matches where you take on A.I. opponents, and four player couch co-op or four player online co-op is supported in the new Co-Op Challenges that last for a limited time. A Nintendo Switch Online Service subscription is required for online play.

Nintendo Switch Online Service Is Now Live

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After announcing that they'd eventually have some kind of online service and then keeping the details of it quiet for over a year, Nintendo rolled out the Nintendo Switch Online Service yesterday. The long and short of it is this: with the exception of free-to-play games, any title you want to play online with friends will require everyone to have an active membership. But, there are some benefits.While you now need an active subscription in order to play games like Splatoon 2 or Overcooked! 2 online with friends, the good news is that with that subscription you get Cloud Saves (a feature that comes in handy should your Switch get lost or damaged) and the "Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online" service. The latter lets you play classic NES titles on your Switch and even supports online co-op play for titles that were originally couch co-op only, like River City Ransom and Double Dragon. There are 20 games available in this service for now, but additional titles will be added. One interesting aspect of this feature is that it will also support screen sharing and online "pass the controller" play, i.e., you and a friend can hop into Super Mario Bros together and watch the other person play when it's their turn, and they'll watch you when it's yours.

Super Mario Party Features A New Co-Op Mode

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While the Mario Party series is mainly known as a collection of competitive minigames where the winner is determined by random chance, the new Super Mario Party that's headed to the Nintendo Switch next month will include something new: a co-op mode. The recently revealed "River Survival Mode" lets you and three friends work together to navigate a river before time runs out.Up to four local players can play this mode together using four Joy-Cons to paddle the raft down the river while avoiding obstacles and trying to steer towards the balloons that initiate a minigame. By completing those minigames, you add more time to the clock so you can progress even farther down the river. It looks like a neat addition to the series and a fun way to play the game with friends without competing.You can check out the mode in action in the video below courtesy of the Nintendo Treehouse crew.

Happy Dungeons Will Be Shutting Down Next June

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Happy Dungeons Will Be Shutting Down Next June

Today marks some sad news for Happy Dungeons.  Even though it's only been out for a little under two years, the folks over at Toylogic will be shutting down the game's servers next June.  To add insult to injury, the whole situation arrived under the shadow of an erroneous in-game announcement.  After some sort of mistake caused players to see a notification discussing the upcoming shutdown, Toylogic quickly redacted the message and has now posted the following statement:Thank you for playing Happy Dungeons.

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle Available Today on Consoles

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Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle Available Today on Consoles

Announced only a few days ago, the Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle drops today for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. This collection of classic Capcom beat 'em up titles, a couple of which never made it to consoles back when they were released, allows for friends near and far to team up once more to beat up some baddies.Similar to the Disney Afternoon Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collections, the Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle not only includes seven games, but galleries of artwork, designer development documents, character sketches, and more for each title. You can also adjust the difficulty settings, number of starting lives/continues, and whether more lives/continues can be earned.Here are the seven games included in the bundle and the maximum number of players supported (either locally or online):