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ROUND ONE: Negative World March Madness (Mushroom Kingdom Region)
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March 14, 2014, 23:38:34
 


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) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

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 format below, bolding the game that you choose to advance, with any comments on your selections placed after your votes. Please do not alter the titles of the games when voting.

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

Polls are open until Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Enjoy!

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(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB)
vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)


Posted by 
 on: 03/14/14, 23:39:23
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)


Posted by 
 on: 03/14/14, 23:51:49  - Edited by 
 on: 03/14/14, 23:52:14
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. (6) Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. (7) The World Ends With You (DS)

A1. I love RPGs, and I liked Paper Mario a lot, but it's no Metroid Prime.
A2. DKCR was a joy to play from start to finish, as was Prime 3...but I enjoyed DKCR more for the multiplayer aspect.
A3. Easy pick, even though I enjoyed both.
A4. Have yet to play A Link Between Worlds (even though I own it) and I like Aria of Sorrow well enough.

B1. True story: Metroid Fusion was the first game in the series that I finished.
B2. I haven't played KI: Uprising yet, so Minish Cap gets my vote by default.
B3. Again, I heart RPGs. What little I've played of Xenoblade was really good.
B4. This was tough, because I really enjoyed The World Ends With You...but Super Mario Bros. was a big part of my childhood, whereas TWEWY was a blip on my adulthood radar, game-wise.


Posted by 
 on: 03/14/14, 23:52:46
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

While I have yet to play Prime, I know I would love it. Similarly with Prime 3, but this is made easier because it is going up against a game TRYING to be DKC but falls ever so short because of a vibrant palette and forgettable levels. And while I haven't played GX, from what I have played of X, I would love GX and even though ALttP is good, my opinion of it has soured since replaying it and noticing flaws and floors. LbW is obviously the choice here because I have some gameplay experience with the series, unlike the Metroidvania Castlevania games.

Fusion. No contest.

Hvae yet to play Uprising, so Minish Cap wins. Xenoblade vs Contra? Simple. And even though I don't like the original Mario Trio, 1 is one of my series favorites and is better than 3.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 00:03:20
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

Tough selection this time. Even though few games can measure up to Xenoblade, I have tons of love for Contra, so it felt weird voting against it.
I haven't played Link Between Worlds yet, and I do love Aria of Sorrow, but I voted for Zelda anyway. Maybe out of wishful thinking, but I suspect I will end up enjoying the game more than AoS in the end, judging by what I've heard about the game.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 00:07:14
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

LttP going head to head with ALBW would be pretty interesting.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 00:14:01  - Edited by 
 on: 03/15/14, 23:37:03
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

LttP vs ALBW would be interesting indeed. Xenoblade vs Contra feels like the easiest pairing decision yet.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 00:21:04
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)


Pity vote for TWEWY. Hope we get a sequel.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 00:26:25
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

1. Even if Paper Mario were something I liked a lot, I'd still pick Metroid Prime.
2. A tougher choice, but I view Metroid Prime 3 as the weakest of the Prime subseries, but DKCR is not the weakest DKC game, so I chose it
3. Don't really like F-Zero, though only a select few games could compete with LttP.
4. Not a fan of either game, but I never played the Castlevania one.

1Z. Not that into either one, but Fusion is probably the more tightly-designed game.
2Z. Haven't played either, but I'm more interested in Minish Cap.
3Z. I do like Contra, but it's certainly no Xenoblade.
4Z. I've never played TWEWY despite owning a copy, but I'm not really into the original SMB anymore.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 00:51:49
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

Not going to bother with a breakdown of choices this time, most of these were pretty straightforward. I either hadn't played one of the games, or I simply enjoyed the one I picked far more.

Notable match ups here though:

LA vs Fusion. Link's Awakening is a great game, but Fusion was the game that drew me into the Metroid series, so it's a little more important to me.

Minish Cap vs Uprising- Again, Minish Cap was a good game, but I played the crap out of Uprising. 150+ hours making it my most played 3DS game next to Animal Crossing. So much depth and awesomeness in that game.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 01:32:34  - Edited by 
 on: 03/15/14, 01:34:02
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

Pity vote for F-Zero GX, because I love it so much and there's no way in Hell it's going to beat LttP.

Sad to see you guys crapping all over Uprising. I really wonder if we'll see a reevaluation of that game down the road when it's available for 10 bucks and you guys all finally play it.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 01:55:02
@kriswright
I want to play Uprising and I want to love it when I play it, but the 3DS gives me hand cramps as it is, Uprising will cripple me.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 02:24:02
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

I'm giving F-Zero some love as well. I really, really love GX. It's a terrible matchup for it, but I think it's absolutely a classic. Also, in the battle of Retro Studios games, I have to give the edge to DKCR. Metroid Prime 3, while a great game, was my least-favorite of the three Prime games.

I haven't played Minish Cap, honestly, but I have a lot of problems with KI:Uprising to the point where I didn't feel comfortable voting in favor of it.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 02:36:20
@kriswright Minish Cap was a legit great game. I wouldn't say the Kid is getting crapped on. I am surprised it's not doing better, though.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 03:41:38
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 04:05:15
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

Phew! This was tough to copy/bold on my phone.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 09:35:00
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 10:03:40
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) (toughest one yet....have to give the nod to DKCR)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA) (aggggh what a decision)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 14:02:45  - Edited by 
 on: 03/15/14, 14:04:32
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (8) Paper Mario (N64)
(4) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (6) F-Zero GX (GCN)
(2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) vs. (7) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)

(1) Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (8) Metroid Fusion (GBA)
(4) Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. Contra (NES)
(2) Super Mario Bros. (NES) vs. The World Ends With You (DS)

Whoa, like a man with a long right leg, this poll set leaned heavily to the left. Lots of powerhouses here.

A1: Poor Paper Mario series--I really like both of them but they both had match ups that were devastating. Metroid Prime 1 is a classic, and the best game from a terrific studio.
A2: Speaking of that terrific studio, they had a strong Wii lineup as well. While I actually think MP3 is underrated, DKCR was slightly better for me, a game that pushed the boundaries of my favorite genre (platformers!) and had a ton of care put into it.
A3: Another unfair matchup between two solid games. ALttP isn't my favorite Zelda, but it's still great.
A4: The Metroid-style Castlevanias never felt amazing to me (although I haven't played SotN), so this was an easy choice. ALBW was my GOTY 2013.

A5: Link's Awakening is brilliant. The Zelda series has been doing a cleansweep lately in these polls.
A6: Check that. Minish Cap is solid, but it's no friggin' Kid Icarus. Uprising is an awesome, charming, creative game that's got Sakurai's magic touch all over it. Haters can check their top-hates on the hate-rack at the door, no control scheme would've worked better on the 3DS.
A7: Hey, Contra got in! Too bad it doesn't stand a chance against the sprawling worlds of Xenoblade. I still need to finish this one…
A8: TWEWY is one of the very few games I haven't played in this tourney, but I feel pretty confident it won't beat Super Mario Bros, which I think might be in my top five of all time.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 18:24:47
@kriswright I have a copy of Kid Icarus Uprising, just haven't gotten around to it yet.


Posted by 
 on: 03/15/14, 19:46:32
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