Valentines Day is just around the corner and for those of you looking to play some games with a lover, a significant other, a double date, or just some gamer fling, here’s a list of games that partners can enjoy!
Super Mario 3D World
A classic party game for the Wii U with everyone’s favorite plumber. See also: New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Mario Bros. (DS), New Super Mario Bros. 2 (DS)
A co-op adventure platformer series with lots of fun collectible clothing and stickers. It might get too rough once one of you figures out how to slap each other.
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
Donkey Kong’s back with multiplayer for the Wii U. Play as the big man with Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong, and Cranky Kong. See also: Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
A fun classic racing game series with some of the best multiplayer this generation. It can be pretty casual and fun... until you steal first place from your partner with a well-timed red shell. Mario Kart 7 for 3DS, Mario Kart Wii is also playable on Wii U.
If you’re into that sort of thing, Madden has some head to head multiplayer sports on virtually every console. And the Superbowl is coming up, why not get a little game time in? See also: FIFA, NBA
Collect and break stuff in the world of Lego and your favorite franchises such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. For a recent game, try Lego Marvel Super Heroes
A cartoony fantasy romp where you can beat all sorts of cute and creepy things up in hardcore difficulty or just goof around in an easy difficulty. Can go for a double date with up to 4 players.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The two of you can have a nice walk around the park, go fishing, and visit a tropical paradise all in one day on the 3DS. Some couples even claim to bond with this game during long distance relationships.
The Sims series
No multiplayer here, but you can play out scenarios with whomever and wherever you want in a simulation of everyday life. Dress up, burn the house down, play a game with death, it’s the whole life package!
Dance Central (Xbox with Kinect)
So you think you can dance? This is the closest thing to a dance instructor game there is. Dance like a pro or just like a couple of goofballs together in one of the best Kinect only titles.
Go for a round of tennis? Fancy a no-contact boxing match? It’s probably why the majority of Wii owners bought the dang console in the first place, and it’s good, clean fun as a couple.
Some couples have said they’ve had lots of fun with this game in which you can build anything together. Playable on PC, Xbox 360, and mobile
An excellent little example of co-op gameplay, Trine has you and your partner swapping between three distinct roles (Wizard, Knight, Rogue) to make it through challenging puzzles. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses to choose from: do you use your sword as the knight? Or drop a box on their head with the wizard? Or maybe shoot an arrow or use the grappling hook as the rogue? It goes up to 3 players, if you’re… er, into that sort of thing.
A staple for loot lovers, Torchlight and Torchlight II has been called dungeon crawling heaven, with LAN and online multiplayer. If you don't believe me, listen to all the people clamoring for Torchlight III. See also: Dungeon Siege, Diablo 3
The game that made the Xbox is also a classic co-op game. You can take it easy on an easier difficulty or test your relationship with Legendary mode.
Gears of War
Somehow, this Xbox exclusive series (now Microsoft owned) also works well for couples despite its gorey and graphic violence. It’s probably due to its emphasis on being a fun co-op game.
Left 4 Dead 2
Teamwork is a must in this co-op only zombie shoot out. Play with up to 4 players for a double date, or just you and your boo can play with 2 enemy AIs.
The Walking Dead
This dramatic game about moral dilemmas and the relationships you form after a zombie apocalypse is a good “backseat gamer” style game. Even someone watching you play is going to feel the results of your actions, and you’re going to feel them judge your every move. Who will you save? (Definitely start with Season 1 Episode 1 to understand the full story from the beginning though.)
Mass Effect series
While the classic sci-fi RPG series has online multiplayer in the 3rd installment, the Mass Effect games can also be a good for the backseat gamer with its myriad of choices and customizability.
Beyond: Two Souls
A spiritual successor to another good couples game (Heavy Rain), Beyond: Two Souls features two player co-op and inherits its predecessor’s choice driven gameplay. One player’s actions are choice driven, the other action-driven, and gameplay switches between the two. The game is highly recommended as a game for two players.
Super Mario World
If you’re feeling more retro or for something classic, you can try out the tag in, tag out multiplayer of Super Mario World for Wii U Virtual Console. Or if you’re really into it try it for Super Nintendo.
To not be a console exclusive list, I figured I’d add this addictive little social game for the mix. SongPop is a fun music trivia game for mobile and Facebook that puts your ears and propensity for music to the test. For a couple, well, that means you can play against each other or, for something cheeky, play on the same device-- two heads are better than one!
World of Warcraft
Maybe…? If you’re into the dungeon crawling, level capping, item/skill tree optimizing process that can take hundreds of hours or just doing raids, it’s worth a shot.
League of Legends
I’ve heard of couples starting to date over League of Legends. So maybe. Then again I’ve also heard of couples getting into ugly fights over League of Legends.
I figured I’d throw this one in for it’s accessibility. The gameplay allows 2-4 players to help each other out in forgiving co-op multiplayer, it can be played with a mouse and keyboard for two (add two controllers for a double date) and it has a cheap price point. It’s one of those hidden gems as a game for its value, so it goes on the list.