The world of video games is equipped with amazing games. However, only some manage to stick with us and become classics. These games stay with us throughout our lives. Some games are admired even more because of the era in which they were created in.

Nostalgia takes a huge place in the heart of every gamer. It is a way we can connect with our peers, our friends we’ve lost touch with, family members, or new roommates and people we just want to find common ground with.

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These games, whether one-player or two, can cause us to strengthen our bond with other people fighting their battles. Whether you want to play one-player games side-by-side with a friend or two-player games you can play with that person you want to connect with, there are plenty of games to choose from. The following is a list of the top classics that we will never get tired of and that will help us deepen our connections with others:

Classic Games That Bring Us Together #1: Pokémon: Gold Version

The mobile game to make this list is Pokémon: Gold Version. The 90s and early 2000s contained waves of popularity for the Pokémon franchise, especially for their games. Fans fell in love with the Red and Blue (and Green) games, but Pokémon: Gold Version came quickly after, giving players better graphics, much more adventure, and overall more enjoyable gameplay.

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This game (as well as its Silver and Chrystal counterparts) takes the cake in classic handheld games that will never get old. This game is a perfect pick to connect with someone you want to connect with through gaming. Most kids and teens in the early 2000s played Pokémon games, and most of them still enjoy these games.

Now you can even play them on the 3DS as well as on your old Gameboy. You and a friend can pick up this game and battle and trade Pokémon and have fun partying like it’s 1999.

Classic Games That Bring Us Together #2: Super Metroid

All the Samus lovers out there can attest that Super Metroid was a game ahead of its time. It was revolutionary with its suspenseful music, isolating gameplay, and awesome graphics. Because of this, it has stood the test of time and still stands strong today. If revolutionary games are what you are searching for, keep in mind that Super Metroid is still enjoyed by fans everywhere.

Who could ever get sick of fighting monsters and solving puzzles in an alien world? This game is fun to play as well as watch! This, along with the timeless nostalgia factor, is why it is a superb starting place for kindling up friendships and striking up conversation. Play it or watch a friend play it (or both!) and enjoy the memories you make and the fun you have.

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Classic Games That Bring Us Together #3: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Everyone who has ever picked up a controller in their life knows about Zelda. Spending many sleepless nights trying to beat the water temple and fighting to save Hyrule will bring a swarm of memories to millions of people around the world. Zelda: The Ocarina of Time is still played on both the Nintendo 64 and the Nintendo 3DS to this day and has been a hit worldwide since the 1990s. It’s safe to say that Link will never go out of style as he rides Epona through the grassy fields of Hyrule Field.

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There are tons of people who love the Zelda series. Some of which are so dedicated to the series that it is all they play. Or maybe they have found memories of their childhood gameplay. Whatever the reason, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a great starting place for connecting with others through gaming.

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Classic Games That Bring Us Together #4: Super Mario 64

It’s a me—Mario! Who could forget Mario’s cheery voice blasting through square TV speakers? Super Mario 64 is one of those classics that hardly anyone can say they’ve never played or heard of. Going around and earning stars, sliding down fun slides within Peach’s castle, and throwing Bowser around is still fun decades later.

This game was often the first Nintendo 64 game a person had back in the 90s, and it can now be played on the DS as well. Despite its 1996 release, fans still find themselves drawn to it after all this time. Most people have played this game, whether or not they are hardcore gamers, so this is a classic that can help someone you know relate to your nerdy affinity. Play this side by side with a friend and have some laughs and conversations revolving around nostalgia and your favorite plumber.

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Classic Games That Bring Us Together#5: Earthbound (a.k.a. Mother 2)

Now, this is a game that was the first of its kind: Earthbound (known as “Mother 2” in Japan). This game has it all: action, adventure, role-playing, and good times. This game displayed new advancements in the world of RPGs, especially in how the characters move between places.

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The world in Earthbound could become explored without traveling between places on an Overworld map. This was revolutionary for its time. If you want to find common ground with someone who loved this series, this game is a fun play to pick up, play, and discuss.

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Classic Games That Bring Us Together #6: Mario Kart 64

Arguably the best two-player classic of all time is Mario Kart 64. Other Mario Kart games have come and gone, and we had one even before the version on the 64. But, none can beat this classic masterpiece. Who doesn’t love racing against friends on the adrenaline-pumping tournament tracks — especially Rainbow Road?

This heart-pumping adventure just had to make it on the list. This game has brought together old friends, family members, and new roommates alike. It’s worth a play for sure.

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Classic Games That Bring Us Together #7: Super Smash Bros.

If Mario Kart 64 wasn’t your favorite 90s two-player N64 game, then Super Smash Bros. definitely was. In this game, fighting with your favorite Nintendo characters against friends made for a fun party. Many adults still host tournament parties, with gamers and non-gamers alike. So you could even host your own Super Smash Bros. event and invite all of your friends! Fight as Pikachu or Gannon, eat some chips and dip, and laugh and scream at the TV all evening.

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The list goes on and on, but the above picks are some of the top timeless classic that will never get old. Fire up that SNES and get ready to relive great childhood memories. Make new amazing ones with the person — or people — you want to connect or reconnect with.

Friendships are sure to spark when returning to one of these ageless pieces of art we call classic video games.

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