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Negative World March Madness: Selection Saturday
March 08, 2014, 20:13:23
Hello all! After Survivor Polls have taken the forum by storm, I thought I would switch things up and do something new. Since it's March, why not use a little format everyone knows and see if we can't find a new way to crown a champion of Nintendo games! Yes, it will be Ocarina of Time, but at least there might be some suspense!

Here's how it works: I've divided Nintendo games into eight groups: NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii, Gameboy/GBA, DS, and 3DS/Wii U. I then seeded each category using Negative World's own ratings. I only included games with at least 25 votes to make sure the most popular are represented (although I included Link Between Worlds as an act of executive discretion). If a game was on multiple systems, I included only the first version unless it was a true remake like Metroid: Zero Mission. The resulting groups are as follows:


1. Super Mario Bros. 3
2. Super Mario Bros.
3. Mega Man 2
4. The Legend of Zelda
5. Tetris
6. Contra
7. Super Mario Bros. 2
8. Mega Man 3


1. Super Metroid
2. Chrono Trigger
3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
4. Final Fantasy 6
5. Super Mario World
6. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
7. Earthbound
8. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest


1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2. Super Mario 64
3. The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask
4. Goldeneye
5. Perfect Dark
6. Star Fox 64
7. Banjo Kazooie
8. Paper Mario


1. Metroid Prime
2. Super Smash Bros. Melee
3. Resident Evil 4
4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
5. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
6. F-Zero GX
7. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
8. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes


1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Super Mario Galaxy
3. Xenoblade Chronicles
4. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
5. Donkey Kong Country Returns
6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
7. Monster Hunter Tri
8. Super Smash Bros. Brawl


1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
2. Pokemon Red/Blue
3. Donkey Kong '94
4. Wario Ware: Mega Microgame$!
5. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
6. Metroid: Zero Mission
7. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
8. Metroid Fusion


1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
2. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
3. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
4. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
5. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
6. Mario Kart DS
7. The World Ends With You
8. The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass

3DS/Wii U

1. Super Mario 3D World
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
3. Super Mario 3D Land
4. Kid Icarus Uprising
5. Mario Kart 7
6. New Super Mario Bros. U
7. Pushmo
8. Nintendo Land

With seeding done, I created four regions and randomly assigned two games from each seed to the regions, so that a random one seed was playing a random eight seed, a random two seed was playing a random seven seed, etc. I used some discretion to rerandomize if I felt that a system or franchise was overly represented in a region, but there is no rhyme or reason to how they are arranged otherwise.

Starting next week we will begin voting region by region for games to advance until we arrive at victory. For now, let's just discuss the seeding, see who got screwed by random chance, what we think might be good upset possibilities, etc. If you don't like anything about how I set it up... too bad!

Special thanks to The Big G for these awesome graphics!

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Posted: 03/08/14, 20:13:23  - Edited by 
 on: 03/09/14, 04:33:45    
Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?

Nice work! My skills should even be good enough to edit them as the different games advance.

Posted by 
 on: 03/09/14, 04:36:01
I was wondering when something like this was gonna happen! Looks good so far.

TriforceBun said:
kriswright said:
Earthbound (vs. Galaxy)
Well, frick.
Frick on a stick with a brick!

Posted by 
 on: 03/09/14, 05:36:33
@Mop it up

Elliott Reed ftw.

Posted by 
 on: 03/09/14, 06:30:30

Cool, glad I could help.

Posted by 
 on: 03/09/14, 07:45:08

Posted by 
 on: 03/09/14, 08:10:41

Logos look great, nice work.


I wouldn't expect any less of you either, going to bat for just about anything that I disgree with.

"If you want to live in the past"-- this ENTIRE BRACKET is FUELED BY NOSTALGIA.
This entire SITE is here because of the NES from yeeeears ago. Whats with you?

Posted by 
 on: 03/09/14, 10:55:49

Believe it or not I don't form my opinions around what you may or may not agree with. Get over yourself.

Posted by 
 on: 03/09/14, 11:30:22
Is this single elimination or double?

Some interesting match-ups. Brawl vs. Galaxy 2, and Pokemon vs. Banjo should be tight races. On that note, what's the tie policy?

Posted by 
 on: 03/10/14, 11:33:34
Single elimination, tie goes to the higher rated game by site user score I guess

Posted by 
 on: 03/10/14, 13:41:59

Again I ask, "are we voting for the game which is BETTER or the one we LIKE MORE?"

Posted by 
 on: 03/10/14, 22:51:21

Go with your heart.

Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:06:08

My heart lies with Final Fantasy III.

Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 00:10:45

I am surprised seeing as you typically don't play handhelds. Or is there another version than the DS one in NA?

Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 05:15:13

The SNES game is called Final Fantasy III. It was the only Final Fantasy III in the States until a few years ago.

I get it, ha ha; should we call it Super Mario USA, too? "Real" Super Mario Bros. 2 is in Japan.

Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 23:10:51
That reminds me, I need to get irrationally angry at Jargon for putting Lylat Wars down as 'Starfox 64'.

Posted by 
 on: 03/11/14, 23:33:01

Good point. Jargon, can you make it Star Fox 64 / Lylat Wars please?

EDIT- I'm not "mad" at Jargon, I simply said that its known as Final Fantasy III on the SNES, which is the section its in. If you tell Unknowing Grandmother to go to the store and buy "Final Fantasy VI on SNES" for you, she's going to come back empty handed.

I understand that there is a DS game called Final Fantasy III that barely anyone talks about, and it wasn't good enough to make it to North America way back when. Heck, they skipped it in favor of Final Fantasy II ("IV") which can't hold a candle to the III that I grew up with. That says a lot about the Japanese III.

Posted by 
 on: 03/12/14, 00:22:31  - Edited by 
 on: 03/12/14, 00:26:22
Jargon said:
If you don't like anything about how I set it up... too bad!

Posted by 
 on: 03/12/14, 01:03:37
Mr_Mustache said:
EDIT- I'm not "mad" at Jargon, I simply said that its known as Final Fantasy III on the SNES, which is the section its in. If you tell Unknowing Grandmother to go to the store and buy "Final Fantasy VI on SNES" for you, she's going to come back empty handed.

Mr_Mustache said:
EDIT- I'd also like to call "Poop Sandwich" on Final Fantasy III being listed in the SNES section and designated as "VI." Booooooooo.

You might not be mad at Jargon, but you're mad at something.

This thread isn't for your grandmother. It's for a pile of modern gamers in the year 2014 from all over the world (i.e. not just NA) who all know full damn well that this game is actually Final Fantasy VI, regardless of the misleading label Square decided to slap on it for blissfully ignorant audiences 20 years ago.

To actually get annoyed at that is just utterly ridiculous.

Posted by 
 on: 03/12/14, 01:15:38

What labels aren't misleading then? Fortune Street vs. Boom Street? Earthbound vs. Mother 2? Lost Levels vs. Super Mario Bros. 2? Super Mario Bros. 2 vs. Super Mario USA? Resident Evil vs. Biohazard? I haven't even dipped into foreign language stuff.

If Final Fantasy III (the SNES game) doesn't fly, none of these should either. Can't pick and choose, brother.

Posted by 
 on: 03/12/14, 01:20:37

You'll note no-one seems to gets mad at any of those. It's amazing how easy most people accept that there are alternate names for stuff. Especially when one of the names might otherwise lead to the confusion so aptly demonstrated by Stephen's post.

Posted by 
 on: 03/12/14, 01:30:40
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