This thread is for old people! (But feel free to chime in if you've played the old classics through Animal Crossing or... other means.)
Grant and I were discussing fond NES multiplayer memories in another thread. Perhaps partially because of nostalgia, I am full of affection for the early (primarily Nintendo-published) multiplayer games on the NES. I feel that even the lesser-known games that other people might now deride, like Mario Bros., Balloon Fight, Ice Climbers, and Clu Clu Land, offered a wide variety of multiplayer fun. I even enjoyed the simple, effective sports games of the day, like Ice Hockey and Ten Yard Fight. Urban Champion still sucks, though. (Sorry, Charles.)
If you think about it, multiplayer in the NES/SNES days often meant co-op. Or taking turns. Not as much adversarial stuff. Maybe that has more to do with the popular genres of the day, but co-op has seen somewhat of a resurgence, of late, if primarily in stripped-down arcade modes. What was this topic about again? Oh, yeah. NES multiplayer memories. What are your fondest? Let us all reminisce of happier times...
Shame on anyone who said Battletoads. In multiplayer it's one and a half levels of fun and then ends in a bloody-knuckled fistfight with your sister.
To me, the top 5 is pretty obvious:
Contra, Ye Holiest of Holy NES Multiplayer games Bubble Bobble, the strong lieutenant Super Spike V-Ball, possibly the best, but requires some extra kit/hassle to do right Chip N' Dale's Rescue Ranger, for introducing me to passive aggression and TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, because holy cowabunga
1. Super Mario Bros. 3 with my mom. She would practice while I was at shool, I'd come home, and we'd play the multiplayer mode against eachother for hours. It was tons of fun!
2. Bubble Bobble with my dad. This game was more his style and it was so much fun working together to try to beat some of those levels (and get to the second, REAL ending/boss!) Game was hard as heck, but we beat it many a time.
3. Snake Rattle & Roll with my sister. We'd play the crap out of that game... It was so much fun and so inventive with its levels! Those stinking toilet seats and stomping feet were killer!
-Contra is a given. -I remember getting the NES Satellite with Kool-Aid points and being able to -- and being the only kid on the block with one -- play a 4 Player game on NES; Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road, baby! So much fun, and you could do it (working with your friends) to alternate who won and who finished last so you never had to eliminate someone. -Turtles 2 was a great game. -Tecmo Bowl / Tecmo Super Bowl. -Blades of Steel. -Chip N Dale Rescue Raners was solid, too.
How could you leave Bubble Bobble off this list? We've beaten that together numerous times! GET THE TURKEY!
Cobra Triangle is TOTALLY 2-player simultaneous. Don't you guys remember how you could LAND on each other's boats? As far as I'm concerned, that was the only goal in the game. I've gotta check out Snake Rattle'n'Roll.
@ludist210 Those last three are all Technos! You should check out Superspike. A worthy competitor.
@Mr_Mustache Little Ninja Bros.? You've stumped me. I thought I'd played EVERY NES Ninja game!
@GameDadGrant is that the game where you could hold down A+B and could continue over and over again?
What i miss is the codes...konami one oh course, but also ones like typing in Zelda for the second quest in LOZ nes. They just don't do that much any more. I think that is why Metal Gear Solid psx was so good, because they messed with you using the controllers and other things.
Ah damn yeah! The Turtles games were the bomb... The still are. :D I still have my copy of TMNT 2 on the NEs, but my girlfriend won't play with me... :( She hates "ugly" games. Oh well... BUT... I realize no one mentionned Trog! That's a great competitive game that's a mix between Pacman & Bomberman. It's really worth a play, so get the beers! It's time for some Troggin!