Hello all! After Survivor Polls have taken the forum by storm, I thought I would switch things up and do something new. Since it's March, why not use a little format everyone knows and see if we can't find a new way to crown a champion of Nintendo games! Yes, it will be Ocarina of Time, but at least there might be some suspense!
Here's how it works: I've divided Nintendo games into eight groups: NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Gameboy/GBA, DS, and 3DS/Wii U. I then seeded each category using Negative World's own ratings. I only included games with at least 25 votes to make sure the most popular are represented (although I included Link Between Worlds as an act of executive discretion). If a game was on multiple systems, I included only the first version unless it was a true remake like Metroid: Zero Mission. The resulting groups are as follows: NES
1. Super Mario Bros. 3 2. Super Mario Bros. 3. Mega Man 2 4. The Legend of Zelda 5. Tetris 6. Contra 7. Super Mario Bros. 2 8. Mega Man 3
1. Super Metroid 2. Chrono Trigger 3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 4. Final Fantasy 6 5. Super Mario World 6. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 7. Earthbound 8. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2. Super Mario 64 3. The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 4. Goldeneye 5. Perfect Dark 6. Star Fox 64 7. Banjo Kazooie 8. Paper Mario
1. Metroid Prime 2. Super Smash Bros. Melee 3. Resident Evil 4 4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 5. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 6. F-Zero GX 7. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door 8. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 2. Super Mario Galaxy 3. Xenoblade Chronicles 4. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 5. Donkey Kong Country Returns 6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 7. Monster Hunter Tri 8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl Gameboy/GBA
1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 2. Pokemon Red/Blue 3. Donkey Kong '94 4. Wario Ware: Mega Microgame$! 5. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap 6. Metroid: Zero Mission 7. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow 8. Metroid Fusion
1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow 3. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story 4. Professor Layton and the Curious Village 5. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks 6. Mario Kart DS 7. The World Ends With You 8. The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
1. Super Mario 3D World 2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3. Super Mario 3D Land 4. Kid Icarus Uprising 5. Mario Kart 7 6. New Super Mario Bros. U 7. Pushmo 8. Nintendo Land
With seeding done, I created four regions and randomly assigned two games from each seed to the regions, so that a random one seed was playing a random eight seed, a random two seed was playing a random seven seed, etc. I used some discretion to rerandomize if I felt that a system or franchise was overly represented in a region, but there is no rhyme or reason to how they are arranged otherwise.
Starting next week we will begin voting region by region for games to advance until we arrive at victory. For now, let's just discuss the seeding, see who got screwed by random chance, what we think might be good upset possibilities, etc. If you don't like anything about how I set it up... too bad!
Special thanks to The Big G for these awesome graphics!
If anyone better than me at Photoshop (i.e. anyone) wants to take a stab at making a prettier version of the brackets that either they or I can update as we go along, that would be cool.
Also, let me know if anyone notices anything wrong (like the same game appearing twice or something), so I can fix it before we start voting. I'm thinking that we will vote by region with post votes only and no polls, but I'd be willing to hear other suggestions.
A box from 20 years ago? You aren't exactly refuting the 'outdated naming convention' argument.
The game was known as Final Fantasy III when it was first released in North America, as the original Final Fantasy III had not been released outside of Japan at the time. However, most later localizations used the original title.
As for 'Biohazard 4', did they rename the game in the from Resident Evil back to Biohazard in the West whilst I wasn't looking? I'm fairly certain they didn't.