The first three games that came to mind, however, were released for the Super Famicom (or SNES, if that's your thing), so I altered the header for a second time to the one you see above.
Don't worry, I plan on writing up a "Famicom games I'd play with my husband (if he actually played games)" post soon enough, and I'll probably devote another to "PC Engine games I'd play with my husband (if he actually played games)," too.
This time around, though, I'm going to focus on the following five titles, all of which appeared on Nintendo's super second console.
1. Pocky & Rocky--Although I'm listing this Natsume release first (simply because I'm an alpha-order kind of guy), I have a pretty good feeling that it wouldn't go over all that well with the hubs if I introduced him to it early on. That's because, like most overhead run-and-guns, Pocky & Rocky can be both difficult and frustrating. Still, I think he might like the adorable protagonists and the colorfully wacky setting--you know, if he had any interest in gaming at all.
2. Sanrio World Smash Ball--Now here's a game that I think anyone would like--yes, even anti-gaming crumudeons like my husband. It's barely more than good ol' Pong turned on its side, but for various reasons--such as its selection of cute-as-buttons characters and its wonderfully cheerful soundtrack--this Tomcat System-developed, Character Soft-published title a lot more enjoyable than that ancient classic.
3. Secret of Mana--Can you believe I've only ever played this game solo? That surprises me, as my older brother and I used to play games together all the time, and I'm pretty sure he was still living at home (as opposed to in a college dorm) when I first acquired this one. Anyway, as a result, I've always wanted to see what it's like to play through this epic, Final Fantasy-meets-The Legend of Zelda ARPG with another human being. In all honesty, I think my husband would find it boring, but you never know--the pastel graphics and soothing music may just win him over.
4. Super Mario Kart--I'd like to say that this is another Super Famicom title that anyone can enjoy, but I'm not so sure that's really the case. The Mode 7 visuals are sure to drive some folks batty, for instance, as is the overall difficulty. Still, I'd give it the old college try if the hubs were similarly game, as they say, since I consider this game's multiplayer mode to be, without a smidge of a doubt, one of the best ever.
5. Super Tennis--Of all the games I've included in this post, this is the one my husband is most likely to want to play with me, to tell you truth. Of course, that's mainly due to the fact that he has fallen in love with the sport over the last two or so years. Regardless, it's doubtful that I could start him off with a more accessible--or more enjoyable--tennis video game than this one, which was developed by Tokyo Shoseki but published by Nintendo in 1991. You don't have to like fuzzy yellow balls to get a kick out of Super Tennis, by the way, so give it a try soon if you've yet to do so.
See also: Previous 'five favorites' posts