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ROUND TWO: Negative World March Madness (Mushroom Kingdom Region)
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March 26, 2014, 01:13
 


Welcome back to 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. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (2) Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

(1) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. (2) Super Mario Bros. (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. Remember that votes with titles altered from the original format above will not be counted

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

Polls are open until Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Enjoy!

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Posted: 03/26/14, 01:13  - Edit:  03/26/14, 01:13
 
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@kriswright

I believe VC remains. The Wi-Fi shutting down is only the matchmaking service. ( At the moment anyway).


Still, you should jump on it

Posted by 
 on: 03/27/14, 02:27
@kriswright I don't think I would say that we're opposites, that kind of makes it sound like we oppose each other. Rather, I think that we're parallels. We've had the same experiences, just with different games! Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Now, about SMB1, I'm not so sure I would agree about challenge. The main difficulty for SMB1 is the lack of lives, but if we take that away and judge it based solely on level design, I don't think it's harder than the Mario games that followed. They've all got some pretty challenging stages, especially the extra worlds and such. The other part that makes it difficult is the stiffer control, so adding those two together, I don't feel SMB1 is a “legit” challenge, so to speak. Now, if we're talking SMB2j (AKA Lost Levels), that is a challenging Mario game!

Of course, it is the Mario game I had the most trouble with, but that's because I was three years old and it was my first freakin' video game. So that doesn't count!

As for balance, which I'm guessing from your previous post means with powerups, I think it's difficult to have multiple different types of powerups and balance them all out to be equally effective and valuable. Probably impossible. SMB3 has some rare powerups like the Hammer Bros suit, so they're pretty valuable too. I prefer having the variety of all the different powerups, even if some of them make Mario pretty strong. So I guess I agree that SMB1 has the best balance, but it kind of wins that by default since it has just one powerup, so it isn't what I prefer.

I think one thing that makes Super Mario 64 still hold up is that its design is pretty different from the other 3D Mario games. It is focused a lot more on exploration, whereas Super Mario Galaxy is a lot more linear, and Super Mario 3D Land/World took that to the extreme and is just like the 2D games in 3D. Not that there's anything wrong with the styles of those games, these are all some of my fave games of all time. Super Mario Sunshine is the closest parallel, but it has things like FLUDD that still differentiate it quite a bit from SM64. I kind of like that the 3D Mario games have all taken different approaches, as it makes them all essential and still worth playing even after new Mario games are released.

As for Mario's voice, I watched the cartoon back in the day so I first heard Mario talk in the Super Show and also the SMB3 show. I think I saw some of the SMW show too. But, despite that, I still think Mario's SM64 and beyond voice is more fitting of the character. Mario isn't some surly, dingy plumber from Brooklyn, he's a pretty care-free, fun-loving, happy-go-lucky guy. I feel that his current voice matches that better. Luigi's voice is especially better than the cartoons, even if it's become a bit too screechy lately. Even so, I understand how any drastic shift can be unpleasantly jarring, even if the original wasn't official.

Posted by 
 on: 03/27/14, 19:33
(1) Metroid Prime (GCN) vs. (5) Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
(3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) vs. (2) Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

(1) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (GB) vs. (5) The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)
(3) Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) vs. (2) Super Mario Bros. (NES)

I looooooooooooooved Link Between Worlds and super-duper looooooooved Xenoblade, but nostalgia won out here. Nothing captured my imagination like the original Super Mario Bros. I would draw my own levels constantly and was just pretty much obsessed.
It was one of the first non-Atari/Odyssey games I played and it floored me.

In my book, it's one of the few games that can beat Xenoblade.

Posted by 
 on: 03/27/14, 22:28
@kriswright

Pandora's Tower is the only common thread we have on that list, though we're looking at Final Fantasy III/'VI' for the Epic Center in the nearish future. Not soon-soon, but hopefully later this year somewhere, major releases depending.

Posted by 
 on: 03/27/14, 23:26
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