June 2006, Kristin Ehmen reports a female lead in Trace Memory, "a Nintendo dual screen game. Geared for pre-teens, it is an interesting mystery with no real violence or foul language. Loaded with thinking skills puzzles, this one is A++"
"rslater" sent this (thank you!):Legend of Dragoon for Playstation had major female roles, Rated Teen
Also Sword Of Mana for Playstation/Gameboy Advance has a major female character.
Metroid: Zero Mission
This February, Samus Aran will return to her roots and relive the story that started it all -- revealing for the first time full details of her meeting with the Metroids.
Metroid games are listed below, too.
Marty says some of these are for teens, meaning not good for little kids:
Not for teens necessarily:
For kids, for Playstation:
Jonathan Ward says that many of the sword-fighting games have an option to
have a female lead. Many role playing games have females
that are important to the story and action, not peripheral characters.
I was just reading your site and thought I would offer a few more games that have female characters. Final Fantasy IX has at least three females (there is a possible fourth but the gender of the character is in dispute) You can play it with an all male cast, after a certain point in the game, but your team would lack critical skills that are found only in the female characters. Also, most fighting games, such as Mortal Combat have at least one female character and they are usually pretty good. In the fighting game I used to play, I could take on any of the guys with the girl character. In addition, computer games such as Diablo offer female lead characters, that are just as good or better than the males. I plowed my way to two levels above hell before I had my son and gave up most game playing.
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