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ROUND ONE: Super Smash Bros. Stages Bracket! (BUMPER BRACKET)
 

Good evening fellow Negative Worlders! In hot anticipation of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games, I've decided to find out what is the favorite Super Smash Bros. stage from the past games as decided by Negative World! After Jargon's very successful March Madness Bracket earlier this year, I thought it would be great to use that style once again. Here's a few notes and stipulations.

1.) The stages are only selected from Super Smash Bros. (N64), Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. No upcoming stages are included and lets not discuss them either! Spoilers! #riversong
2.) If a stage was featured in more than one game, it is still only included on here once.
3.) Final Destination and Battlefield also have this rule applied to them.
4.) I'm lacking the slick graphics that Jargon's thread had and I don't have logos to use, so small images of the stages take the place of text. Things will continue to be clear though as we progress. Each thread will feature the text to choose so there isn't any issues there.
5.) Polls will be open for roughly two days, give or take a little while. I won't be able to post the same exact time each bracket but I'll try to give the same amount of time for all parts.
6.) The numbers before each stage only serve as a way for me to more easily keep track of levels. They have no other meaning.
7.) The stage pairings were chosen at complete random. I know this isn't the same as a March Madness bracket where seeds help determine things, but I figured a random order (by a randomizer) was the fairest start.

Many stages enter, only one will win as Negative World's Favorite Super Smash Bros. stage!
Here are the first match ups.

(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)

Vote for the game that you think should win the matchup. Please vote on every matchup.
Please cast your votes in the following format, bolding the game that you choose to advance:

(75) Stage vs. (88) Stage
(65) Stage vs. (90) Stage

Polls are open until Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Have fun!

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Posted: 09/24/14, 05:08:24  - Edited by 
 on: 09/24/14, 05:08:20
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(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)

What a coincidence that the two Ice Climbers stages got matched up. Not many tough choices for me. Some of my most hated stages (the upward scrolling ones, Mushroomy Kingdom) and some of my favorites (Yoshi's Island, Flat Zone). Toughest one is Bridge of Eldin which has a pretty cool mechanic with the bridge and Kingdom II which has Birdo and great nostalgia, but nostalgia wins out.

DrFinkelstein said:

4.) I'm lacking the slick graphics that Jargon's thread had and I don't have logos to use, so small images of the stages take the place of text.

Get the Big G on the line, STAT!
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:28:32
@Jargon

It is weird that those two got matched up. For something truly random, I couldn't be more shocked. Seems weirdly appropriate at the same time. As for the Big G, I'll have to talk to him. I have a psd file I'm working with and it's 'nice' enough but maybe he could make it better if he wanted to.

Also, did you vote in your own bracket? I guess that's only fair right? I wouldn't pay much attention to who was winning and try to affect any outcome of course.
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:33:41
@DrFinkelstein

Yea, I voted. No reason not to, it's not like you have any power to affect the bracket at this point except for your own votes.

And the graphics are perfectly passable as is, but if Big G or someone else wants to volunteer it never hurts to be prettier!
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:35:06
Cool, it's been awhile since we've done something like this.

(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)

Really easy picks this time around for the most part. I'm kinda curious to see where this goes...
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:39:09
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)

@Jargon

How would you handle any ties, if they occur, on a given match up?

TriforceBun said:
I'm kinda curious to see where this goes...

Me too. I have no idea if it's going to end up 'obvious' or 'surprising'. I wouldn't be able to pick one "BEST" level right now that's for sure. Too many variations.
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:40:55  - Edited by 
 on: 09/24/14, 05:42:02
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)



Rainbow Cruise vs. Spear Pillar
Rainbow Cruise was pretty cool and nostalgic, but I really liked Spear Pillar's two-stage layout and its dramatic yet subdued hazards.

Brinstar (Melee) vs. Hanenbow
Not crazy about either Melee Brinstar or Hanenbow, but the latter at least looks nice.

Icicle Mountain vs. Summit
Another matchup I don't love, but scrolling stages miss often and Icicle Mountain is probably the worst one. I'm not crazy about Summit either, but it's much better than Icicle Mountain.

Castle Siege vs. Corneria
Castle Siege isn't bad, but Corneria is excellent. Star Fox might have the best stages of any franchise.

Bridge of Eldin vs. Kingdom II
I don't love stages with no side pits, so I'm not crazy about either of these. Eldin's boring flatness is preferable to the weird Kingdom II layout. And the temporary pit in the middle is the perfect size for risky fun.

Rumble Falls vs. Luigi's Mansion
Rumble Falls might actually be even worse than Icicle Mountain. Luigi's Mansion is pretty good.

Shadow Moses Island vs. Flat Zone
Both are just okay, but Shadow Moses wins for epic music, codec conversations, and the utter strangeness of Mario and Sonic fighting while Metal Gears come crashing through the background.

Battlefield vs. Yoshi's Island N64
Battlefield is maybe the best pure stage in the series. Yoshi's Island is basically Battlefield with some added quirkiness that doesn't really help.
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:44:14  - Edited by 
 on: 09/24/14, 05:46:28
No real tough choices for me yet, either really preferred one over the other, or it was close but neither was particularly one of my favorites so I didn't feel too bad about any decisions I made.

(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:55:16  - Edited by 
 on: 09/24/14, 05:56:32
@DrFinkelstein

Ties went to the game with the higher rating on Negative World, so that's no help here. Flip a coin?
Posted: 09/24/14, 05:56:34
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)

I'm sad that Castle Siege was up against such an iconic stage as Corneria. I really like that stage, but it simply cannot win!
Posted: 09/24/14, 06:39:00
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)
Posted: 09/24/14, 06:46:36
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)
Posted: 09/24/14, 07:15:14
I would love to participate, but my knowledge of Smash Bros stages is lacking considering most of my playtime of Smash Bros was done as a kid so my memory of them isn't the best. And I've also only ever played Melee once and I only played a few stages.
Posted: 09/24/14, 07:36:03
@Pokefreak911

Eh, you still should vote. Just as with Jargon's thread where not playing a game didn't discredit you from voting in a matchup, here you should just google and make your assessment or something. I don't want to exclude you! Your call though buddy.
Posted: 09/24/14, 13:16:44
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)
Posted: 09/24/14, 13:29:45
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)

@DrFinkelstein

I should have time over the next couple days to whip up some graphics, if you want to PM me your brackets. Lemme know.

@Jargon

I think the only appropriate solution is that DrFink sets up a CPU battle between characters representing their game's stage...held on a neutral stage, of course.
Posted: 09/24/14, 14:15:27  - Edited by 
 on: 09/24/14, 14:22:10
@DrFinkelstein
The thing here is that most of these stages I either haven't played or have vague memories of. And the ones that I do have memories of are the really memorable ones.
Posted: 09/24/14, 14:23:13
People actually like hanenbow? What is this madness?
Posted: 09/24/14, 18:00:34  - Edited by 
 on: 09/24/14, 18:03:42
@pokepal148

I didn't vote for it but I still kind of like it. Great general idea but I wasn't fond of the execution.
Posted: 09/24/14, 18:27:35
(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl)
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)
Posted: 09/24/14, 19:45:02
Holy cow, I don't even know if I remember all of these..

(22) Rainbow Cruise (Melee/Brawl) vs. (60) Spear Pillar (Brawl)
(10) Brinstar (Melee/Brawl) vs. (63) Hanenbow (Brawl) <-- I've never even seen this one! How/why??
(14) Icicle Mountain (Melee) vs. (53) Summit (Brawl)
(50) Castle Siege (Brawl) vs. (11) Corneria (Melee/Brawl)

(40) Bridge of Eldin (Brawl) vs. (33) Kingdom II (Melee)
(41) Rumble Falls (Brawl) vs. (59) Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
(55) Shadow Moses Island (Brawl) vs. (31) Flat Zone (Melee)
(27) Battlefield (Melee/Brawl) vs. (5) Yoshi's Island (N64/Melee)
Posted: 09/24/14, 21:14:17  - Edited by 
 on: 09/24/14, 21:14:51
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