Coupled Games

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Games that are designed so that the events in one game affects events in another game.

This pattern is a still a stub.


A limited form of Coupled Games can be found in the pairing of Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion, which was released on the GameBoy Advance and GameCube respectively. Completing one of these games gave a reward in the other if the systems were linked together, in one case providing a new costume for the main character and in the other allowing players to play the first Metroid game.

Players of Sonic Adventure on the SEGA Dreamcast could find Chao creatues. While these could be raised and played with in the main game, they could also be interacted with as a separate game on the Visual Memory Units - interactive memory cards - of the console. These were also used in the Dreamcast version of Power Stone where players could gain advantages through player various small games on the VMUs.

Using the pattern

A general choices when making Coupled Games is if both games should be able to affect each other or if only one game should be able to affect the other. Trans-Game Information are used in both cases, but in the second case the "affecting" games may be created only to make the pattern appear and in this case they may be Minigames.

Diegetic Aspects

Interface Aspects

Narrative Aspects


Crossmedia Gameplay, Extra-Game Input, Interruptibility


Can Instantiate

Crossmedia Gameplay, Extra-Game Input, Interruptibility

Can Modulate


Can Be Instantiated By

Minigames, Trans-Game Information

Can Be Modulated By


Possible Closure Effects


Potentially Conflicting With



The pattern is based on the concept of Coupled Games identified in the master thesis Kopplade Spel - Utökning av TV-spel med mobil funktionalitet[1].


  1. Peitz, J. (2004). Kopplade Spel - Utökning av TV-spel med mobil funktionalitet. Master thesis in Computer Science at Chalmers University of Technology.


Johan Peitz