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) Chrono Trigger v. (5) Resident Evil (REmake)
(2) Mega Man 2 vs. (6) Shovel Knight
Vote for the game that you think should win the matchup. Please vote on every matchup or your votes will not be counted. 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 the end of the day Tuesday, April 21. Enjoy! Tournament Link
I quite like Shovel Knight, but I agree with Jargon--its Mega Man influences are clear, and MM2 (even though it's not my absolute favorite in the series) was quite a bit more original. Heck, MM9 was really the first game to go "daringly retro"--Shovel Knight did it very well too, but in a world where nostalgia is now king, its design choices aren't notably fresh in the way many groundbreaking NES games were.
But I'm not just playing MM2 now for the first time. Just because I perceived both games were fresh experiences at their release doesn't mean I'm slandering one over the other for the purposes of this poll. I had a lot of fun with Shovel Knight this past year. I had a lot of fun with Mega Man 2 growing up. Plus there isn't a future expansion to Mega Man 2 that I'm eagerly anticipating right now.
I'm not asking you to vote against your feelings but just as you wanted to make the point that the original has value for being the original, I presented the counterpoint that despite its influences, as far as fun recent games go, Shovel Knight was in a league of its own too.
If you don't agree, cool beans. If you do, cool beans. I'm looking forward to the next section of the bracket regardless of the result.
It just sounded like recency was a criteria for you, when I think you should try to vote in a vacuum in a tournament like this. Maybe I misunderstood and, regardless, you're free to vote however you wish.
This is where my tastes differ from a lot of Nintendo fans. I've tried to play Chrono Trigger a few times but I never felt compelled to play for long. I've never been a huge RPG fan so maybe that's why. As far as REmake goes, that game blew me away. Yeah it looked fantastic, but the Crimson Heads really made you think differently how to play the game. They Lisa Trevor stuff they added was also really cool.
Mega Man has never really appealed to me. I think it's because it's the type of game that feels like it needs to be played perfectly to do well. I like to think when I play games. If plan A doesn't work what's plan B going to be? But with Mega Man it seems like there's only a plan A and you just have to keep trying until you get it.