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Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 2:27 am
by Retro STrife
I try to have my nieces and nephews (ranging in ages 4 to 10) over a few times during the summer and our attention inevitably turns to the game room. The arcade/pinball machines and PS4 get the most attention, but I’d like to get them playing some of the classics too. I used to give them classic single player games to try (Sonic, Mario, etc), but then I learned they had the most fun playing simultaneous co-op games. They have more fun playing directly with someone, and plus it means I can help them past the tougher parts so they don’t get stuck and frustrated.

Anyway, what are some good retro games you’d recommend that are fun for co-op multiplayer with younger kids? (I'm thinking ages 10 and under, since that's when it's hardest to find games that work.) To me, the two biggest factors would be: (1) easy enough and fun for that age group, and (2) a very good game, so I feel like I’m introducing them to something memorable.

Last summer I picked TMNT: Turtles in Time (SNES) to play with my 8 year old niece, and that worked perfect. Fun game for her, a fun classic for me, and I could beat up on the tougher guys to make sure we never got stuck. Another one- back as a teenager, my sister was 10 years younger than me and we always played the Tony Hawk games split-screen together on PS1. Those can be great games for little kids, because they can just cruise around the level jumping around aimlessly and they feel like they’re actually playing it. What are some others?

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 8:59 am
by VideoGameCritic
If you have four people (and paddles), Warlords is always fun. Not exactly coop, but can be sometimes.

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 9:42 am
by Gentlegamer
NES - Snake Rattle 'n Roll

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 10:16 am
by DrLitch
I had this predicament last month. Solution:

Mame emulator.

Arcade Titles great for Co-Op:

Tumblepop
Snow Bros.
Bubble Bobble
Double Dragon
Final Fight
Final Star Force
Darius Gaiden

There are of course console ports.

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 12:30 pm
by CaptainCruch
World of Illusion starring Mickey & Donald (Sega Genesis) is a wonderful for co-op games for kids. It looks nice, is easy enough and requires just enough cooperation to be fun.

Also, I agree with Bubble Bobble, available for almost any system, mentioned above.

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 12:37 pm
by Gentlegamer
NES - Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 8:57 pm
by Luigi & Peach
Toe Jam and Earl 2 for the Genesis is a good kids' co-op game. It even has a lil' kids mode. The first one is also good, but more challenging and you wouldn't be able to help as much.

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 17th, 2019, 12:43 am
by djc
My daughter (8 year old) loves to play the original Mario Bros with me. Also if you have an arcade box (like a Pandora), she is a fan of the Simpsons arcade game.

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 17th, 2019, 6:15 am
by GTS
Bubble Bobble

Re: Best retro co-op games to play with kids?

Posted: July 17th, 2019, 7:03 am
by Zack Burner
Super Mario Kart! Even today it's a masterpiece of a game to play. And why not? Different modes, character strengths/weaknesses, battle mode, what's not to like? But wait there's more! Donkey Kong Country, Contra III, and the RPG Secret of Mana are co-op too, promoting cooperation over competition. Then there's the odd but fun Kirby's Dream Course and Kirby Super Star as well. Man I love the SNES (Classic). But there's one game I wished could have been on the Classic edition; Zombies at my Neighbors, I mean come on, the concept is just perfect for co-op with it's unconventional weapons, quirky/scary theme, and groovy soundtrack.