The number of local multiplayer games you can play with a group of friends on the couch are waning by the year. This means all those gaming strategies you learned growing up — covering your buddy’s eyes, shaming him for screen cheating, hitting him with a well-timed sack tap — are fading into obscurity alongside the personal touch that only local multiplayer can deliver. To clarify, there are plenty of multiplayer opportunities available through Xbox Live or Playstation Plus, but this article is about games where you gather around the TV, link up four controllers, and pass around a big tub of cheeseballs.
A lot of couch multiplayer fans have opted to jump back a few generations and dig their old N64s out of the closet. But there are still a decent amount of awesome modern releases that support local multiplayer. Here are some of our favorites.