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I don't really like single player games, but when I've got some friends over, playing video games is one of my favorite ways to pass the time. What I've found, however, is that just saying 1-4 on the box doesn't mean that it'll be an enjoyable experience, even if the single player mode is great. (Likewise, you'll find a few single player games on here, if they lend themselves well to taking turns.) I've included some of my favorites, but please add your own! Half the reason I made this list was to find some of the hidden gems I may have missed!

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1. Video Game: Bomberman Blast [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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A WiiWare game, and a solid entry in the series. This one is notable because, if you've got enough Remotes and Gamecube controllers, it offers 8 player local multiplayer.
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2. Video Game: Bubble Bobble [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:548]
Video Game: Bubble Bobble
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VGG doesn't have a separate entry for the WiiWare Bubble Bobble Plus, which is what I'm referring to, though the original is also available on the Virtual Console.

The main draw of the WiiWare version for me was the addition of 4 player co-op instead of the "traditional" 2 player. There are also DLC "expert modes" available. I'm not a huge fan of the graphical "updating" they did, but the gameplay is basically identical (there are minor differences, but unless you're a longtime fan like me, you probably won't notice, and they aren't gamebreaking).
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3. Video Game: Driift Mania [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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A Super Off Road style top down racer that's good, simple fun. This supports 8 players locally, but no Gamecube controllers - 4 players use the Wii Remote, and the other 4 use either a Classic Controller or even just a Nunchuck. I haven't tried Nunchuck style yet, but since it's only 2 buttons (gas and brake), it seems like it would work pretty well.
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4. Video Game: Excite Truck [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3091]
Video Game: Excite Truck
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An enjoyable racer that's maybe the best of the multiplayer launch titles and still fun to play today.
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5. Video Game: Kirby's Epic Yarn [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:900]
Video Game: Kirby's Epic Yarn
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Two player simultaneous co-op.
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6. Video Game: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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It's light, but very fun as 2-player co-op. 36 quite varied levels, including platforming, racing, shooting, puzzles...
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7. Video Game: Mario Kart Wii [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:149]
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Not the best of the series, but still enjoyable in a crowd.
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8. Video Game: Marvel: Ultimate Alliance [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:683]
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I'd argue the 360 version is superior, but this is still a great "dungeon" crawler when you've got friends available.
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9. Video Game: New Super Mario Bros. Wii [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:108]
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This game seems like it was designed to be played 4 player simultaneous. Great fun!
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10. Video Game: Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1905]
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If you love light-gun shooters you will love this one. It is a great game and thanks to the easy mechanics even a game that you can play with your SO.
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11. Video Game: Super Mario Galaxy [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:56]
Video Game: Super Mario Galaxy
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Second player can help grab star bits.
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12. Video Game: Super Mario Galaxy 2 [Average Rating:8.41 Overall Rank:47]
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Second player can assist.
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13. Video Game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:232]
Video Game: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
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I personally like the multiplayer in this one better than Melee but not quite as much as the original. Of course, it's still Smash, so it's still good.
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14. Video Game: Tetris Party Deluxe [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2476]
Video Game: Tetris Party Deluxe
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There's a staggering amount of content in this. If you like Tetris at all, you'll probably find at least one mode that suits you. I haven't had a chance to try this against a flesh and blood opponent, but games with the AI have been enjoyable, if counter-intuitive; the multiplayer appears to reward "combos" (e.g., consecutive line clears) more than tetrises, which goes against 20+ years of conditioning on my part

There's also the WiiWare Tetris Party, which has fewer features, but I don't know which ones were cut.
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15. Video Game: Wii Sports [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1222]
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Probably not the most robust game, but there's still something to be said for this old standby. My personal favorite is the bowling.
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16. Video Game: Wii Sports Resort [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:535]
Video Game: Wii Sports Resort
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We find this a lot more fun than the original. The games vary between single player, one at a time multiplayer, one vs one, and I think canoeing is the only simultaneous 3-4 player game (and it's pretty lame).

My favourite the table tennis, you can really put some spin on that ball.
 
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