Popular and fun multiplayer games include the "Super Smash Bros." series, the EA Sports series of games, the "Mario Kart" series, "Minecraft", online role-playing games like "World of Warcraft" and first-person shooters like "Call of Duty" and "Team Fortress 2."
The "Super Smash Bros." games feature characters from a number of different games fighting in an arena. Most of these games allow at least four players to fight each other simultaneously. The "Mario Kart" games feature characters from the "Mario Bros." series racing in go-karts around a variety of tracks. These games allow from two to 12 players to participate simultaneously. Both games require a Nintendo console or handheld to play.
The EA Sports games published by Electronic Arts are simulations of many of the world's most popular professional sports. Entries include the Madden, FIFA, NHL and NBA Live series, which usually get annual updates. These games are available for a wide variety of gaming platforms.
While "Minecraft" has become well-known as a creative game that players can spend hours building elaborate worlds in by themselves, it also has a multiplayer component for sharing those worlds with others.
Massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) offer relatively simple gameplay but have the ability to allow many players to play on the same servers simultaneously. Popular examples are "World of Warcraft," "Eve Online" and "Guild Wars 2."