My wife, lovingly known in the Geek With That community as Mrs Geek or Princess Kitty Mew Mew, has shown some interest in classic games. To give you some background, she was not raised with video games like I was. So there has been an entry barrier for games.
New games are a bit more complex but eventually easier to play. Retro games seem to be much quicker to pick up. However, they are more unforgiving difficulty because the majority of them lack save points and checkpoints.
We decided it was time that we come up with a list of good beginner games for each console in various areas, especially the retro game systems. Perhaps a parent would want to introduce to their children the games they grew up with. These articles will be a good start.
First, we starting off with the first batch of multiplayer on one of the best consoles of all time, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Super Bomberman 2
The first game I find often recommended is Super Bomberman 2.This is the game in the series that basically established it is a staple of every gamer’s collection for years to come.
Wikipedia has a great description of what the gameplay generally entails:
“Gameplay involves strategically placing down bombs, which explode in multiple directions after a certain amount of time, in order to destroy obstacles and kill enemies and other players. The player can pick up various power-ups, giving them benefits such as larger explosions or the ability to place more bombs down at a time. The player is killed if they touch an enemy or get caught up in a bomb’s explosion, including their own, requiring players to be cautious of their own bomb placement. “
The gameplay and controls were simple enough for my wife to pick up on which was good. While my wife and I essentially lost almost every single round to the computer, the matches were became increasingly more intense and we were satisfied with the outcome regardless.
I guess you could say Bomberman games are more about the journey, rather than the destination. This was easily a favorite of ours and PKMM and I saw more Bomberman in our future.
Pocky & Rocky
This was a bit of a wildcard that showed up on a lot of must play lists, so Kitty and I decided to try it.
The game is an overhead style adventure game where you have to shoot enemies in almost every direction. It gets frantic pretty quickly. The controls and gameplay were easy to pick up. However, Kitty and I barely made any progress in the game without dying. She especially found this frustrating, and I wasn’t really a fan of having to repeat an entire level over and over again.
I say, if you are a beginner gamer, wait a while before you advance to this game. It could be fun, but you need to develop those gaming reflexes and skill before you get here.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time
One of my first video games I ever played was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game for NES. So the series by Konami often holds a special place with me. So, needless to say, I was a bit nervous showing the SNES entry in the series to Kitty.
However, we played though almost the first half of the game and had an absolute blast. This TMNT game is a beat em up game often much like Final Fight, Streets of Rage, or Double Dragon. This particular entry only improved on what was introduced in II & III and NES and more closer to its Arcade counterpart.
Seeing as this series was one of my first games when I was young, this series is great for beginners. Don’t get me wrong though. It is exactly a walk in the park either. It just provides simply gameplay mechanics that take a good time to master, with an excellent co-op mode.
This was the game of this session!