When it comes to writing about video games, specifically Nintendo, it's always fun, because it's a console drenched in memories and nostalgia. Going through old SNES video games, I came across so many forgotten images and sounds that brought back not only virtual worlds and cheat codes but places in my life, friends, moments, my hometown in Massachusetts. Like an image blooming on a Polaroid picture, memories illuminate. And I started to think about the times when I sat in my room, my basement, my friends' house, and I played sports games, RPGs, and racing games for hours with my buddy or my little brother. So, I decided to put together the top 5 multiplayer games for Super Nintendo. But it's not just about graphics and game play; it's an homage to buddies, to games that brought friends closer together and created a strange competitive rivalry. It's about the games that forced N64 to have four controllers.
How can anyone ever forget Donkey Kong Country? How can anyone forget about the old monkey spinning the vitrola in the opening credits? Or how can anyone forget that the giant monkey riding a rhino and knocking the crap out of little gopher-like creatures? The game had a ton of interesting graphics, for the time, and the different colors of the sunny jungle or the dark landscape at night or the purple tint in the rain persuaded viewers that time and weather existed in a virtual world. But what made this game so cool for friends was that you could switch players in the middle of the game. It was a tag-team video game, and if someone died, then you could find the other character somewhere in the landscape knocking around in a barrel. Oh yeah, remember you could actually ride on a freaking marlin? Awesome. How could I forget about that?
4. NBA Jam
Wow, when these opening credits roll, the basketball dribbles down the Acclaim logo, and that cool iguana shows up wearing sunglasses, it suddenly hits me how many hours I actually spent playing NBA Jam with my buddies and my little brother. NBA Jam is just one of those classic sports video games where the regular rules, including the rules of physics, are thrown out the window. In this game, you could be Scottie Pippen or Grant Hill and jump so high in the air, twisting in some unimaginable move, and slam dunk the ball while someone that sounded like Marv Albert screamed, "With Authority," "Boomshackalacka," or "Rejected." This is a classic, because you could spend hours playing this game with your buddies. The only frustrating part was that you couldn't be Michael Jordan. I'm still bitter about it.