Spyro the Dragon vs Glover
Spyro the Dragon was a lock to make the Playoffs during the Round Robin, though it was in a race for 1st with DOOM. It was down to the wire, but Spyro blazes on to victory. A very popular series on the Playstation, will Spyro the Dragon become the 6000 Subscriber Special? Going against it is Glover, an unusual Nintendo 64 game where you're a glove, dealing with a ball. I played Glover before, and it is quite good, but challenging if you're not prepared to deal with the mechanics. Guess we'll see who comes out on top.
DOOM vs Mario Kart 64
A first ever LP either way. Is it gonna be an FPS LP, or a racing LP. Technically I did Super Mario Kart, but that was a playthrough, not a Let's Play. DOOM is one of those games that revolutionized first person shooters, likely the most popular genre for PC gaming. The Mario Kart series is my favorite racing series that is quite addicting and fun. I'm personally looking forward to eventually doing both games, but only one can win.
Wario Land 4 vs Golden Sun
As I have done all three Wario Land 3 games so far, doing the 4th would eventually be forthcoming. Going against Wario Land 4 is an RPG that has a massive cult following, spawning two sequels, especially one that you can start with, entering a password obtained from beating the first game. Platforming for treasure, or Adpets saving the world from a potential cataclysm using Psynergy? Who you got?
Diddy Kong Racing vs Earthbound
If there's a game that had to defy the odds, it was this game: Diddy Kong Racing. Over the first few rounds, it was on the outside looking in, with Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters holding on to the 4th spot. Later on, MM2 was losing, but DKR was picking up win after win, all the way to the last round. Now comes the real test: taking on one of two games to have a perfect 21 point record: Earthbound. Touted as one of the best RPG series of all time, the Mother series is very popular and heavily requested. Will the demand skyrocket it to the top? Or will Diddy Kong Racing throttle an upset?
Mother 3 vs Pokemon Snap
Speaking of the Mother series, Mother 3 has a cult following in North America, for a game that was released only in Japan, like the original Mother. Thanks to someone taking the game, and translating it to English, everyone who don't speak Japanese can get to enjoy this humorous yet epic RPG. It's 1st round opponent? One of four Pokemon games in the Playoffs, Pokemon Snap. Can the allure of the Pokemon title take a game that revolves around snapping pictures of creatures, take down a game that people like chuggaaconroy made notorious in the LP universe? We'll have to wait and see.
Kirby & the Amazing Mirror vs Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
Cell phone addicts would likely go for Kirby & the Amazing Mirror. Plus it's been ages since I did a Kirby game, last one was Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. I see this going down to the wire, as both Kirby and Zelda are very popular series. The GBC remake of Link's Awakening DX has some new features, like an extra dungeon and colors, and the Zelda series is quite popular not just with male fans, but female fans too. Should make for one hell of a match.
Pokemon Emerald vs Final Fantasy V Advance
The Hoenn region is well represented, as Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire have all made the Playoffs. The strongest game there out of the three is of course, Emerald. Not only does it allow for catching both Kyogre and Groudon, but rematches with Gym Leaders, making for an interesting challenge that's fun too. It's opponent? The fifth of the Final Fantasy series. Expanding on the job system made famous in Final Fantasy III, it's about a group of heroes that must save their world from being devoured by the Void. Being a Pokemon Champion in Hoenn, or slaying an evil tree? Tough call there.
Crash Bandicoot vs Luigi and the Island of Mystery
A platforming game that rivals Spyro the Dragon for platforming mascot in the Playstation era. You can't go wrong with an Australian animal jumping on boxes and navigating an island. But Mario hacks are very popular, especially with younger fans below the age of 18, no matter how big, small, or downright crappy. This hack is big, and very good, created by superwiidude, the same guy who did Mario's Amazing Adventure. If anyone can make a great hack, it's that guy, and this one doesn't disappoint. Will old school or an edit of old school come out on top? You decide.
Banjo-Tooie vs Pokemon Ruby
As you should know, I already completed Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge. Many believe Banjo-Tooie should also be done for the sole purpose of finishing the series, and rightfully so. On the other hand, you got Pokemon Ruby, featuring the Ground legendary, Groudon. Who will be the nemesis to beat here? A rotted witch, or a group of anarchists dedicated to expanding the land at all costs?
Silent Hill vs Pokemon Sapphire
Instead of Team Magma to deal with, this Pokemon game features Team Aqua: a squad committed to expanding the sea, represented by the Water Legendary, Kyogre. On the other side, you got a popular survival horror game made famous for dense fog and evil demons, and it was also one of the heavy favorites in Group E next to Banjo-Tooie. Collecting badges or collecting your sanity to survive? Take your pick.
Rayman 2: The Great Escape vs Ninja Gaiden II
A neat little transition to 3D gameplay for Rayman. I think it's a great game to have fun with, though I never played it through. I believe this matchup is all about two completely different types of games, as Rayman 2 must go against another sequel to a different series. One that features 2D platforming that can be challenging, cheap, and notorious for its extreme difficulty. Never doing Rayman 1, will I be going against the chronological order of games, starting with a sequel? Or will I continue the Ninja Gaiden series after over a year since doing the first game?
Mike Tyson's Punch Out vs Mega Man Zero 3
To be honest, I have never had good experiences with the Punch Out series, as I'm no good at video game boxing. On the other side, you have Mega Man Zero 3, the other game next to Earthbound to finish the Round Robin with a perfect point total of 21. Already did the first two MMZ games, will the 3rd be coming as a 6000 Subscriber Special? Or will the Baddest Guy on the Planet pull off a K.O. on the legendary hero that once fought alongside X?
Mario Party vs Sonic Advance 1
I enjoyed the first Mario Party game, though it can be difficult Let's Playing a party game all by myself. Also netplay is out of the question as I'm not too fond of it. I'm sure to find a way to showcase everything possible, including Mini-Game Island, perfect for players flying solo. Going against it is one of many Sonic Advance games released on the GBA. After doing Sonic games on the Genesis, will the GBA get some love from the fastest hedgehog around? Or will it be a party for one? If it's Sonic Advance, do NOT expect me to play as Amy Rose. She sucks worse than a broken hoover vac.
Mushroom Kingdom Meltdown vs Illusion of Gaia
Now I like both games, despite their quirks. For MKM, it's lag on some levels that really shouldn't have lag at all. For Illusion of Gaia, it's the frequent chance that if you miss a Red Jewel, it's gone for good. On one side, is the second of two SMW hacks fighting to win this tournament. On the other, is the spiritual sequel to Soul Blazer, though the two stories are NOT related or connected in any way...despite the only connection being the first boss from Soul Blazer as a secret boss. Which one will will their way to a 1st round victory?
Goldeneye vs Star Fox 64
For those of you who lived playing with the Nintendo 64, you may be conflicted with this vote. By some cruel joke, they are now pitted against one another. Is it barrel rolls, or remote mines? Arwings or big freakin' tanks that make Russians go splat? Choose wisely, as there's no reprieve for the loser.
Zombies Ate My Neighbours vs Shin Megami Tensei
Now this gets interesting. ZAMN is a commonly requested game that has a cult following, but isn't one of those first party games everyone gets all excited about. Shin Megami Tensei is a game so rarely done, that I heard no complete LPs exist, according to my knowledge that is. Will the dark horse succeed, or will being an unknown game be a severe disadvantage? Guess we'll find out.
So there you have it. Each game and matchup has a story to tell. What are your favorites? What story does this tournament have? Which game did you wish not make the Playoffs? Well feel free to comment at will, and tell me your side to the tale. Good luck to every game involved.