Which game had the most unlikely run? Donkey Kong, even though it only took a single round. I'm just surprised that it overcame Metroid: Zero Mission.
Which game got the shaft with a particularly difficult road? I'd say Nintendo Land had it rough. Going up against Super Metroid right at the start? That's a tough battle.
Which region had your most beloved games? Each region has its share of my favorite games, but I'll give it up to the Hyrule Region. It has the most games that I'd consider voting for against Ocarina of Time, and that's saying something.
Is there any game not featured that could have made waves? I think Kirby Super Star would have been a strong contender.
I don't have the exact answers to your exact questions, but:
Monster Hunter didn't even get out of the garage (perhaps the Wii U version could do more damage??) Final Fantasy III drew Ocarina in Round 2; I've got them easily over anyone else in that branch. And Chrono Trigger..maybe these games are just too niche?, I don't know.
I'd be INCREDIBLY interested if EVERYONE who hasn't played these three games, or enough of them to form a valid opinion, did so in the next 10 months and re-cast their votes. Yeah, there is that ""chance"" that people have played both and prefer Ocarina, but Chrono Trigger is beefy as S. And Final Fantasy III("VI") is still the benchmark of the series as far as I'm concerned (and 2 days of the week, I think that Final Fantasy has the edge on CT, thats how good it is.)
I think I've officially spent more time with Monster Hunter Tri / 3U than any other game, especially as far as recorded time goes. I MAY have spent more time with my NCAA Rosters / Madden stuff through the years. Actually, I probably have. But as far as REAL games go, MH takes the cake.
I was hoping this was going to be some new yearly thing, I wonder what else could be done next time? In a perfect world, everyone would run out and play the games that they haven't, or vote for some of those other games that missed the brackets, but it just won't happen, personal choice and game availability as the contributing factors. (If you guys ever see Destiny of an Emperor, give it a whirl!)
EDIT- In the actual NCAA tourney, don't teams have to "play in" to even make the brackets? I wonder what would happen if we opened it up to 128, and let some of those lower voted (though highly scored, or maybe not scored quite as high) games into the mix (within reason); like, Double Dragon II. Ninja Gaiden. Those games aren't anywhere near here.
Also, maybe that way, Ace Attorney could actually beat someone. (Again, great job Jargs and Bigs)
Which game had the most unlikely run? Resident Evil 4... for how short it was. Which game got the shaft with a particularly difficult road? Resident Evil 4. Which region had your most beloved games? Maybe Mushroom. Link to the Past, Metroid Prime, and Xenoblade? Sure thing! Is there any game not featured that could have made waves? Fire Emblem Awakening seems pretty well loved here, it'd if we counted games with only 20 votes it'd be #2 behind Ocarina of Time in our highest rated games ever list... which seems a bit insane. Why wasn't it included?! Cave Story maybe? Donkey Kong Country 2? Resident Evil 2 (GCN) perhaps? I'd like to think an Advance Wars game, Dual Strike probably, could make a splash... but probably not because you people are all insane.
Perfect Dark and Earthbound probably got shafted. Though, anything that goes up against Super Mario Galaxy is probably getting the shaft. I'm curious how far Mario Kart Wii might've gotten in this thing.
I'm curious, what did you use to count the votes? If there's some sort of thing that can scan the text on the page, that could help with Survivor Polls and such.
No, but I am confused by what point you are trying to make. FF6 sold more where it was called that instead of 3 and FF3 for DS sold more than FF6 being called 3. It seems to me like your original point was going to be something along the lines of 'more people recognize it as FF3'. Seeing that this is not the case are you abandoning that argument or are you revising your stance based on new evidence?