Best Video Game Song Tournament, 1990-1995: Top 128 (Part 1 of 4)

Now it’s time for the knockout rounds. We’ll be single-elimination from here on out. You can see the bracket (with results!) here

The top 128 will run from the 11th through the 14th, 32 songs a day. Groups will no longer be feathered, and will instead be open until 9:00 am Pacific the day after they go live (roughly the time the next group goes live). You can listen to a playlist of today’s songs (in matchup order) here, or listen to the entire top 128 here. You can find all 4 groups in the spoiler.

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PLEASE LISTEN TO BOTH SONGS IN A MATCH BEFORE VOTING

Voting will be live until Wednesday, February 12th at 9:00am Pacific 

Previous round results:

Super Mario World Athletic 18 Chrono Trigger Gato’s Song 4
Chrono Trigger Boss Battle 1 8 Final Fantasy IV Dancing Calcabrina 14
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Lost Ancient Ruins [Dungeon] 8 Secret of Mana Into the Thick of It 13
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Aquatic Ruin Zone 9 Earthbound Snowman 12
Street Fighter 2 Chun Li’s Theme 11 Donkey Kong Country Life in the Mines 13
Chrono Trigger Silent Light 10 Maniac Mansion Michael’s Theme 10
Final Fantasy VI Terra’s Theme 18 Super C (NES) Stage 1 2
Clock Tower (Super Famicom) Don’t Cry, Jennifer… 8 Ducktales Transylvania 13
Super Mario World Overworld Theme 15 Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen Go-Go March! 6
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Hydrocity Zone (Act 2) 16 The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Ballad of the Wind Fish 6
Chrono Trigger To Far Away Times 15 Final Fantasy IV Prologue 6
Chrono Trigger Black Omen 11 Ys I & II (PC Engine) Tower of the Shadow of Death 11
Castlevania Chronicles You Goddamned Bathead 11 The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Sword Search 9
Chrono Trigger Schala’s Theme 16 Knuckles Chaotix Door Into Summer 5
Star Fox Meteor 13 Kirby’s Adventure Boss Battle 9
Final Fantasy VI The Veldt 11 Donkey Kong Country Ice Cave Chant 13

Two ties! I gave the nod to Maniac Mansion – Michael’s Theme over Chrono Trigger – Silent Light on account of funkiness, and Ys I & II – Tower of the Shadow of Death over Chrono Trigger – Black Omen for the same reason.

Fun facts about the top 128:

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Top 128 by game:

  • 13:
    • Chrono Trigger [-12]
  • 12
    • Final Fantasy VI [-11]
  • 10:
    • Earthbound [-2]
  • 5:
    • Donkey Kong Country [-3]
    • Final Fantasy IV [-3]
    • Sonic The Hedgehog 3 [-5]
  • 4:
    • Sonic The Hedgehog
    • Star Fox [-3]
  • 3:
    • Mega Man X [-4]
    • Pictionary (NES)
    • Silver Surfer (NES) [-1]
    • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [-2]
    • Super Mario World [-4]
  • 2:
    • F-Zero
    • Kirby’s Adventure [-2]
    • Mega Man 3 [-8]
    • Secret of Mana [-1]
    • Streets of Rage 2
    • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past [-2]
    • Ys III: Wanderers From Ys [-1]
  • 1:
    • ActRaiser
    • Alisia Dragoon [-1]
    • Castlevania Chronicles [-1]
    • Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge [-1]
    • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
    • Cool Spot
    • Crystalis
    • Donkey Kong Country 2 [-1]
    • Doom
    • Ducktales
    • Ecco the Dolphin
    • Final Fantasy V [-5]
    • Ghouls ‘N Ghosts (Amiga PAL)
    • Gimmick!
    • Journey to Sillius
    • Laura Bow 2: The Dagger of Amon Ra
    • Lemmings
    • Maniac Mansion (NES) [-1]
    • Mega Man 6 [-3]
    • Night Trap
    • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
    • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium [-1]
    • Plok [-1]
    • Shivers
    • Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble
    • Solstice
    • Sonic CD [-4]
    • StarTropics
    • Street Fighter 2 [-2]
    • Super Mario Kart [-1]
    • Super Metroid [-1]
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
    • The 7th Guest
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening [-2]
    • The Secret of Monkey Island
    • Time Trax
    • Turican II: The Final Fight
    • Yoshi’s Island
    • Ys I & II [-1]

Remember the Fallen1:

  • Mega Man 4 [-5]
  • Sonic and Knuckles [-3]
  • Battletoads [-2]
  • The Smurfs [-2]
  • ToeJam & Earl [-2]
  • Clock Tower
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Earthworm Jim (Special Edition)
  • Final Fantasy Adventure
  • Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist
  • Full Throttle
  • Knuckles Chaotix
  • Mega Man 7
  • Mega Man X3
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
  • Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
  • Ristar
  • SOS/Septentrion
  • Street Fighter 2010
  • Streets of Rage
  • Super C (NES)
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Super Street Fighter 2
  • The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery
  • Thunder Force III
  • Turtles In Time
  • X-Men (Arcade)
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors!

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