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ROUND ONE: Negative World March Madness: Third Party Edition (Transylvania)
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March 20, 2015, 13:56:29
 


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

(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2

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. If a game has appeared on multiple platforms, use your discretion in choosing which version to consider. 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 Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Enjoy!

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Posted: 03/20/15, 13:56:29  - Edited by 
 on: 03/15/15, 13:16:50    
 
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(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 13:57:37  - Edited by 
 on: 03/20/15, 13:57:56
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 14:08:59
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 14:10:31
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 14:18:13
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2

Tri Ultimate is an even better game, but maybe that's in a different bracket?


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 14:28:18
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias*
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2*
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You*
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2

(1) Only played a small amount of Tri Ultimate which while not the same game, is similar enough. Never played Little King's Story.
(2) Haven't played Castlevania but didn't like BIT.TRIP.
(3) Harvest Moon 64 is another one I haven't played, but Cave Story is one of my favorite games and is an absolute classic.
(4) Not a big fan of Shantae, but never played Beyond Good & Evil

(5) Haven't played either but I think I would enjoy Resi more.
(6) Same as above, except with Sanic instead of Resi
(7) Same as above, except with Secret of Mana
(8) Still have yet to play any Phoenix Wright games, but I do enjoy Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 14:36:39
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2

I just have to proudly show my love for the amazing Little King's Story. For those who didn't vote for it, have you played it?

The battle between Harvest Moon 64 and Cave Story is really hard for me. I'm still not sure in making the right choice. Both are just incredible games but I'm currently leaning to which was a more recent memorable impression.


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 14:40:18
@TheOldManFromZelda

Consider this Tri/Ultimate since I kind of combined the two.


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 14:41:14
@Jargon

Hmm. I might change that distinction in the bracket then. Tri Ultimate was the meatier (mmmmm, so tasty!) game of the two. It should be recognized as such. Maybe it should read Monster Hunter Tri/Tri Ultimate?


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 15:52:15
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2

- There's no contest here. Tri/Ultimate wins easily in my eyes.
- This was my toughest choice, because I thoroughly enjoyed both. However, Dawn of Souls resonated with me more.
- I like Cave Story fine, but Harvest Moon 64 got me hooked on the series.
- Haven't played BG&E yet, so this was an easy choice (plus I loved Shantae).

- Resident Evil 4 is one of the best games in the series in my book. I like LostWinds, but I never played the sequel.
- Both games are solid, but I had more fun with Sonic 2 back in the day.
- TWEWY had a very unique combat system and an interesting premise. SoM is good too, but it hasn't aged really well.
- Haven't played any of the Phoenix Wright games, but I adored X2. So there you go.


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 16:03:36
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4
vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 16:06:40
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2

A) LKS was my GOTY 2009, and I never really got into MH. I thought LKS was really creative, fun, thoughtful, and looked and sounded great!
B) I'm not super-thrilled about Iga-era Castlevania, but DoS is probably one of the better ones.
C) Harvest Moon 64, oh man...so many sleepless nights, so many good memories. Best in the series!
D) BGAE was pretty good. Not my favorite, but I liked it more than Risky.

E) Poor LostWinds! Bad matchup.
F) This was close, but I gotta give it to the best Sonic game.
G) Haven't played TWEWY, so I'll go with the solid Mana.
H) T&T is the BEST Phoenix Wright game. Everyone owes it to themselves to play it; the story wrap-ups were immensely satisfying and the game's main villain is one of the most despicable I've ever seen in a game. Shame it's probably going to be cut this round.


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 16:19:56
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


A) Haven't played either, not sure which I'd prefer, LKS seems more likely I guess.
B) Love Dawn of Sorrow, didn't really care for Runner.
C) I really liked Cave Story, never played a Harvest Moon.
D) Never played BG&E, but I wasn't big on Risky's Revenge.

E) RE4 is a great game. Never played LostWinds 2, but the first one was just okay.
F) Never really liked Contra, Sonic 2 is great, moving on.
G) TWEWY is a gem, so many cool little things in that game. Never played a Mana game.
H) I've soured a bit on the X series, so I'll give PW3 the nod.


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 16:37:00  - Edited by 
 on: 03/20/15, 16:37:55
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 17:21:09
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


@nate38

Why have you soured on X?


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 18:05:08  - Edited by 
 on: 03/20/15, 18:05:38
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 18:44:16
Oh man, a lot of these are tough choices.

(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story - SUPER tough one. Both are about equal to me. Went with Tri because I think I had more fun with it while I was into it, despite dropping out faster.
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER - Also super tough. Dawn of Sorrow is my favorite of the handheld Castlevania games. Had to go with the indie darling though.
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story - Easy.
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil - Pretty tough one. But BG&E was a bit more unique.

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias - Easy.
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Potentially tough except I can't get into Sonic.
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You - Relatively simple choice, though both were great.
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2 - Have to go with X2, though T&T is a great game.


Posted by 
 on: 03/20/15, 20:39:46
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil


(2) Resident Evil 4
vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/21/15, 00:02:23
1. (1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
2. (8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
3. (4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
4. (5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

5. (2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
6. (7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
7. (3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
8. (6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2

1. Not to discount the fun I've had with MHT online, but Little King's Story is a one-of-a-kind game that got criminally overlooked for various reasons. What an amazing adventure from beginning to end, with a nice style to boot. Sadly, I fear it won't move on due to so few playing it.
2. I actually have played this Castlevania, and I liked it. Runner is decent though, and I think it was one of the first of these kinds of games. It was at least the first one I knew about.
3. I tried the demo of Cave Story and didn't like it. Harvest Moon 64 has its moments, though I prefer the later games and Rune Factory.
4. Never played either, chose the one that looked more interesting.

5. Never played either, however I didn't like the original LostWinds so I doubt I'd think much of its sequel.
6. Had some co-op fun in Contra back in the day (with the code), but Sonic 2 is still fun.
7. I haven't played much of Secret of Mana, but it seemed decent enough. I'll vote for it though since I have not played TWEWY despite it being in my first batch of DS games.
8. Never played either. I'm not a fan of the original MMX, but I didn't hate it, and so I think I'd take a decent action game over an interactive visual novel.


Posted by 
 on: 03/21/15, 01:05:32
(1) Monster Hunter Tri vs. (16) Little King's Story
(8) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow vs. (9) BIT.TRIP.RUNNER
(4) Harvest Moon 64 vs. (13) Cave Story
(5) Shantae: Risky's Revenge vs. (12) Beyond Good & Evil

(2) Resident Evil 4 vs. (15) Lost Winds: Winter of the Melodias
(7) Contra vs. (10) Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(3) Secret of Mana vs. (14) The World Ends With You
(6) Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations vs. (11) Mega Man X2


Posted by 
 on: 03/21/15, 01:05:49
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