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ROUND ONE: Negative World March Madness (Zebes Region)
by 
Editor
March 11, 2014, 00:20:47
 


We're kicking off the Negative World March Madness, where our favorite Nintendo games go head to head and only one may prevail. The matchups are as follows:

(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)

Vote for the game that you think should win the matchup. Please vote on every matchup. Not having played a game does not disqualify you from voting. Please cast your votes in the following format, bolding the game that you choose to advance:

(1) Game 1 vs. (8) Game 8
(4) Game 4 vs. (5) Game 5

Polls are open until Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Enjoy!

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Posted: 03/11/14, 00:20:47  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:22:11    
 
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(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)

Toughest call for me was Wario Ware vs. Tetris and DK94 vs. Zero Mission. I've never actually played Tetris on NES but as fun as Wario Ware is, Tetris beats it out on lifetime achievement.

This region happened to have some beloved games that I don't care for much like Mega Man 3, RE4 and Banjo-Kazooie so voting was pretty easy otherwise. Plus it features LOZ the GOAT.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:21:35  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:28:39
Thanks for making this a write-in Poll only since apparently the Poll-Polls are subject to tampering.
Will we get as many folks turning out here if they have to be tied to their vote? We'll see!

(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)


Woo, look at underdog Star Fox 64 go!


EDIT- Oh! I didn't know we were supposed to write something extra in here?
Most handheld games will get dumped by me for not even playing them, but they've been matched up against some good games that I have played and enjoy, so its been mostly easy. For the folks who think "HEY! He hasn't played Donkey Kong '94!," you'd be WRONG WRONG WRONG. One of my friends had a Super GameBoy, and I'm pretty sure I beat that thing. I own Pokemon Blue, too; I wish things were simpler like they were then. I was working on my Pokemon Team(s) for my NCAA game yesterday, and they're up over 700 Pokemon now? What..in the world. I can't be the only one who thinks "thats too much." The newer games have to be rife with redundancy.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:28:16  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:39:31
Haha awesome.


(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:33:45
By the way, I can't stop you from strategically voting to make it so your game/s of choice have an "easier path" to the championship, but doing so is considered lame in the official rulebook. You are encouraged to vote on each matchup individually without considering how it will impact future matchups.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:39:29
(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)


EDITED THOUGHTS:

-Yep, not a big fan of PH. 3D World is good fun.
-Hmm. NES Tetris is sort of an odd pick--I consider the GB one to be the original, and thus the most innovative of the series. Gotta give it to Wario in this case.
-MZM is great and I played through it 7 or 8 times in a row, but DK'94 is just classic. The ape takes it!
Friggin' Chrono Trigger. As much as I like Pushmo, CT has to get my vote.
Clash of the Capcom classics. It's close, but MM3 is my favorite MM game.
Another couple of great ones. LoZ is my favorite entry in my favorite series, so it has to take it.
RE4 is probably my favorite non-Nintendo game ever. Oh, behind FF3.
Ummmmm…very close here, but Banjo-Kazooie.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:49:27  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:57:23
(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:59:34
(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)

EDIT: Eh, I just realized even I don't care what I had to say.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:13:24  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:26:18
Guys, would you mind editing your responses so that all your votes are together and all commentary is at the bottom of your posts? Thanks.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:19:05
I don't do nothing!

EDIT: Which means I do something. Damn, foiled by my own slang. Editing now.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:24:25  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:24:50
This was an easy set of choices. Several games were chosen simply because I haven't played their opponents. Others were chosen because they exceed their competition by a long shot. Some of my choices make it clear that I am not basing my decisions on how revolutionary or impactful these games were when they were released. I'm also not taking into account how the creation of one game led to design elements or the entire existence of other games. If I did that, Pong or some earlier, more obscure game would be the best game ever. It's all about how much I enjoyed these titles.

(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:29:41  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 02:05:43
@kriswright

I liked what you had to say

@Jargon

Do you think a running total is "good for business" or a "recipe for disaster?"


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:35:31
@Mr_Mustache

I vote recipe for disaster. It'll encourage people to strategic vote. Which is lame.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:36:42
@kriswright

You're probably right. What does it say when we all say that strategic voting is bad, strategic voting is discouraged, and yet we still think it'd happen? C'mon, America! --Bernie Mac


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:41:49
@kriswright

I didn't want you to delete your comments! I hadn't even read them yet And it looks like the damage is already done. Haha. I should have realized that I can't control chaos. It's like Jurassic Park or something.

@Mr_Mustache

Yea, no running tallies, but people are free to count things up and see what's going on on their own.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:52:29
@kriswright

I cared! But I refereshed the page and missed it. Boo.

Anyway, here we go:


(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)

Reasons:

A1. SOMEONE Has to stand up for Phantom Hourglass in this vastly unfair fight. Besides PH used the DS features way more than SM3DW did the Wablet.

A4. You can't go past classic Tetris.

A3. DK'94 is a great game, but Zero Mission was perfectly designed in every way.

A2. Chrono Trigger. Great game and never played Pushmo, sorry.


B1. Same deal. Phoenix Wright is excellent and what little I played of Mega Man left me frustrated.

B4. Oh man, tough. I respect LoZ for what it did and what it paved the way for, but I had way more fun with Perfect Dark. Gotta take the outsider again here.

B3. Another tough one! I gotta go Starfox based on sheer replayability, but goddamn RE4 is incredible.

B2. Oh come on. I think I hate you Jargon. What kind of choice is this?! ..Ugh Banjo I guess. I'd rather a new Banjo game than another Pokemon RPG.


PS. Bonus hate for the ridiculous numbering system I've been forced to utilise for this list.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 01:59:55
@Jargon
@Shadowlink

Lucky for us, I kept a sampling of Kris' comments in a Barbasol can.

"Tetris: is it the definitive copy of the game? Its the one I've played most so 'yes.'"
"All the Mega Man games blend together, so this was sort of a vote for Generic Mega Man."
"Can't let you do that Star Fox. RE4 - Too good."


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 02:05:58
(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. ](5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)

1. Easy choice, didn't play much of Phantom Hourglass but SM3DW is great.
2. Not a big fan of the first WarioWare but also not really that into Tetris, especially the most outdated version of it.
3. This was the toughest one, but I give the nod to Donkey Kong for being a great pick-up-and-play game, better suited to a handheld than Metroid.
4. Easy choice. Never played Pushmo

1Z: Never played a Pheonix Wright game but I like Mega Man 3.
2Z: Easy choice, Perfect Dark is still my fave N64 game. I don't expect it to win though, but I'm not too upset about that as I still like the original Zelda.
3Z: Never played either, but Star Fox 64 looks more interesting to my tastes.
4Z: I imagine most people voting for the most archaic and outdated Pokémon game are doing so out of nostalgia. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's unfortunate for a still-great game like Banjo-Kazooie.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 02:18:30  - Edited by 
 on: 03/11/14, 02:20:13
@Mop it up

Starfox 64 is incredible. I would strongly suggest getting it on VC if you can (or the polished up/shrunk down 3DS port if that's more your style.)


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 02:33:46
@Shadowlink Why, is the VC version the best or something?


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 02:44:13
(1) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) vs. (8) The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS)
(4) Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (GBA) vs. (5) Tetris (NES)
(3) Donkey Kong '94 (GB) vs. (6) Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
(2) Chrono Trigger (SNES) vs. (7) Pushmo (3DS)

(1) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (DS) vs. (8) Mega Man 3 (NES)
(4) The Legend of Zelda (NES) vs. (5) Perfect Dark (N64)
(3) Resident Evil 4 (GCN) vs. (6) Star Fox 64 (N64)
(2) Pokemon Red/Blue (GB) vs. (7) Banjo-Kazooie (N64)

Man, some tough decisions. That will only get toughed as time goes on.


Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 02:57:01
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