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ROUND ONE: Negative World March Madness (Viridian City Region)
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March 19, 2014, 00:55:53
 


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 Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

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 Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Enjoy!

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(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 00:57:10
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 00:58:23
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

I've got pretty much nothing to say about this entire bracket. Other than I'm surprised to see Nintendo Land got in here. Did I just miss Wii Sports Resort?


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:02:08  - Edited by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:03:19
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:03:04
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Tough matchups this round. MKDS is easily my favorite Mario Kart, but I just can't vote it past Mega Man 2. And Galaxy 2 versus Brawl in the first round? Sucks that one of those has to go so early.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:11:20
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

A1: I'm a big ol' fan of NintendoLand, but no game stands a chance against Super Metroid. Poor NL!
A2: Wind Waker by one of the widest margins in this whole contest. After PH, the last thing I wanted was more PH. At least Spirit Tracks had a pretty awesome soundtrack, for what it's worth.
A3: MM2 is one of the best Mega Man games, but MKDS is one of the best MKs. I think MK gets outdated quicker, while MM2 has always been fun (outside of Wily 4) though.
A4: EDIT: I've gone back on this one--voting Monster Hunter Tri now, I'm more intrigued to get into this than to replay another Iga-vania.

B1: Yikes, probably the closest match so far. I think both of these games are a couple of the finest from last gen, but I'll have to slightly give it to Galaxy 2. It's a 3D platformer I can see myself revisiting over and over again in the future, while I feel that Brawl will mostly be overshadowed by whatever SSB follows.
B2: I was never the biggest fan of Layton. The puzzles are fun, but the world and characters never drew me in like they did for everyone else. MK7 was an all-around strong Kart game with some great track choices.
B3: Pretty close, but Zelda sticks out more to me. It was more charming and more ambitious than the bite-sized fun of SM3DL.
B4: SMB2 is rated that highly? I don't think it stands much of a chance against Melee, which brought the Smash Bros series into full-fledged Nintendo celebration.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:14:05  - Edited by 
 on: 03/19/14, 22:12:12
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:25:23
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:30:21
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

More games I haven't played. It happens.

I'm actually surprised NintendoLand even qualified for these brackets. If 25 votes weren't "the thing," they'd have to be out, right?
Monster Hunter Tri is the only MH representation in this entire thing, so we'll have to see how this shakes out. Haven't looked at anyone elses votes yet so I'll either be pleasantly pleased or PO'd. What a great game.

Woo, Mega Man 2!

Haven't played Galaxy 2 yet, and the multiple vehicles in Mario Kart 7 kinda turn me off. Sadly, they'll be in place for Mario Kart 8, a game I'm looking very much forward to. And for this bracket, I'd very much like to see Super Mario Bros. 2 run this thing (for a MH vs. SMB2 final). We'll see though; Melee is no slouch.

@TriforceBun

Ugh, the MH Demo(s) are TERRIBLE. I don't get it!!


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:43:40  - Edited by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:46:19
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

1. Nintendo Land is okay, I like some of the games in it, but others were disappointing. There's nothing disappointing about Super Metroid, though.
2. Haven't played Spirit Tracks yet so Wind Waker wins by default.
3. Even if Mario Kart DS hasn't been surpassed, I'd probably still vote for MM2.
4. MHT has been outclassed and can't even go online anymore, so...

1Z. Easy choice, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of the best games around.
2Z. Just because.
3Z. I really like Skyward Sword and SM3DL not so much.
4Z. SSBMelee may still be my fave game of all time. I do really like SMB2 though. A shame it couldn't have gone up against some of these other choices.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 01:57:47
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 02:00:10
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

I'm looking for upsets in the this bracket! MHTri, and not even the Ultimate Tri, is very excellent. Brawl is more fun for me than Galaxy 2, yet, I'd rather play SMB2 over Melee. Intriguing...


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 02:14:56
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


A1. Sure Super Metroid is better. But itís overrated and must be destroyed. Registering my protest vote early. Come at me.
A4. Wind Waker foísho. Both games have their flaws, but the flute in ST rendered it almost nigh-on unplayable. Fuck that thing.
A3. Mega man? Pfeh. Mario Kart gets this.
A2. Didnít play Castlevania and barely played Tri. Iíll go with Castlevania though, because I KNOW I couldnít get into Tri.

B1. Brawl. Galaxy is also overrated.
B4. Layton. Unique, fresh, and I got to use my brain.
B3. Skyward Sword. Some great shakeups of the Zelda formula.
B2. Smash Bros easy.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 02:24:47
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

For no reason at all, I voted while listening to this song...



Some of these were pretty challenging. The 1/8s of both in fact. Wind Waker over Spirit Tracks EASY! I had to go with Skyward Sword over 3D Land... the art style and music has me won over.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 02:45:43
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 05:12:18
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 11:53:44
Viridian City Round and not a single Pokemon game is spotted.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 12:19:04
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

Super Metroid over NintendoLand, no brainer.
Wind Waker isn't my favorite Zelda but I vastly prefer it to Spirit Tracks
Mega Man 2 is timeless. MKDS was fun but soon outdated.
Galaxy 2 over Brawl...guess I gotta go with Galaxy 2. Loved Brawl but its gameplay was disappointing after Melee.
Layton, obviously. Love MK7 but by default it just isn't as fun because it's not on a big screen. Layton is perfectly designed for a handheld. Like the best crossword/riddle book ever.
Skyward Sword over 3D Land. 3D Land was fun but not mind blowing. SS, despite its flaws, had me dropping my jaw several times.
Love Super Mario Bros. 2 but Melee...man, what a game.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 16:06:09
I'd like to come out and say I support Jargon's original decision to simply name the regions after locations in popular games without tailoring the brackets around the titles.

...and I also support people ragging on Jargon about it, because that's still funny.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 16:07:31
(1) Super Metroid (SNES) vs. (8) Nintendo Land (Wii U)
(4) The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GCN) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
(3) Mega Man 2 (NES) vs. (6) Mario Kart DS (DS)
(2) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS) vs. (7) Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

(1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) vs. (8) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
(4) Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) vs. (5) Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
(3) Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) vs. (6) The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
(2) Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN) vs. (7) Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

A1. C'mon, easy pickings here.
A2. Easy pick here too, even though Spirit Tracks improved upon Phantom Hourglass in every way.
A3. Another easy pick. Mega Man 2 is the pinnacle of the series, whereas DS has been surpassed in some aspects (bring back the missions in 8, Nintendo).
A4. I prefer Monster Hunter to Castlevania.

B1. Tough pick, but I ultimately prefer Melee to Brawl, and Galaxy 2 is a superior single-player experience.
B2. As much as I like Professor Layton, Mario Kart 7 was just more fun than the first (well, fourth technically) game in the series.
B3. Skyward Sword made it fun to waggle the Wii Remote. Good swordplay. Sorry 3D Land.
B4. Easy pickings here too.


Posted by 
 on: 03/19/14, 16:16:42  - Edited by 
 on: 03/19/14, 16:17:48
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