Week 13: Best Video Game Duo
words by DrJohnGalt
Tired of the 30-days game challenge? Benez from a great retro blog I follow (https://iheartoldgames.wordpress.com/) has posted the 52 Week Challenge. Easy, right?
This week’s question: What’s your favorite video game duo?
Nintendo’s Mario & Luigi jumped to mind first. But since they don’t actually play onscreen together at the same time I decided they weren’t the best answer. Another NES duo might be Orin and Cutrus from 8 Eyes. They do play onscreen together, but I don’t think it’s a balanced pairing; the bird is clearly a supporting character with no unique personality.
How about Banjo-Kazooie, whose first appearance was the N64? Maybe a good answer, but I never spend much time with the series so I’ll look someplace else.
Maybe Ratchet & Clank? Two distinct characters, often helping each other out to work thru puzzles and missions. Fun games, so not a bad choice. We first met Ratchet and Clank on the PS2 in 2002 and have had a wild ride with them ever since.
But I finally settled on Naughty Dog’s Jak & Daxter. Both interesting personalities, great interplay between the characters, and overall a strong action/platforming franchise. They play together on-screen, but not as individuals. The first game, released for the PS2 in December of 2001, is the one I enjoyed most, but several Playstation exclusive follow-ups and spin-offs have since hit the market for various Sony consoles and handhelds.
I really couldn’t think of any games that didn’t have the obvious star-power of the ones I listed. What are some of your favorite game duos? What are some of the lesser-known I missed? Let me know in the comments below!