Best Video Game Song Tournament, 1996-2000: Playoffs, Round 5 (Part 2 of 2)

It’s round 5 of the playoffs! 64 songs remain, and will face off in groups of 32 per day. Just two days! We’re really getting down to it now.

Since it’s the playoffs, groups will be active until 9:00 am Pacific the day after they post, or for roughly 24 hours. You can listen to a playlist of today’s songs (in matchup order) here.

Or you can work ahead!



Voting will be live until Wednesday, June 17th at 9:00am Pacific

Previous Round’s Results:

Kirby Super Star Gourmet Race 6 8 Moon: Remix RPG Adventure
I’m Waiting for the Night (MoonDisc Version)
Final Fantasy VIII Blue Fields 7 4 Chrono Cross Dilemma
Pokemon Red / Blue Trainer battle 3 11 Wild Arms
Into the Wilderness
Moon: Remix RPG Adventure
Simone (MoonDisc Version)
9 5 The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Title Theme
Final Fantasy Tactics Apoplexy 5 8 Final Fantasy VII Cosmo Canyon
Final Fantasy VII
Opening / Bombing Mission
6 10 Buck Bumble Title Screen
Chrono Cross Scars of Time 9 2 Chrono Cross
Dead Sea – Tower of Geddon
Final Fantasy VII JENOVA 10 3 Final Fantasy Tactics Tutorial
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Gerudo Valley 13 3 Moon: Remix RPG Adventure
I’m Waiting for the Night
Final Fantasy VII Aerith’s Theme 2 8 Final Fantasy VII Fighting
Super Mario RPG
The Road is Full of Dangers
6 7 Jet Grind Radio Sneakman
Space Channel 5
Spaceport: Introducing Ulala!
9 4 Chrono Cross Another Voyage
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Hyrule Field 10 7 Bushido Blade
Hiding in Shadow
Grandia Theme 10 4 Final Fantasy VII Chocobo Theme
Final Fantasy IX Battle Theme 4 10 Final Fantasy VIII Don’t Be Afraid
Wild Arms 2
Main Title (Instrumental)
8 5 Chrono Cross
Radical Dreamers ~ Unstolen Jewel

Gourmet Race, the #1 overall seed, has fallen! Moon may have fallen a little but it’s still dangerous.

Fun Stats About The Top 64


Stats will also be attached to tomorrow’s post.

Top 64 by group:

I’ve decided listing this out by raw number isn’t interesting; for me at least, the point of tracking groups is to see if “reputation” holds out, ie do the groups that started with the biggest shares stay that way, or do the “weak” groups hold their own? So I’m tracking this in Sheets here. I’m listing group representation as a percentage; for each round, every group “should” have ~4.55%. Groups above that number are overperforming (highlighted green), groups below are under (red). I’m also using lighter shades for groups that fell but are still above 4.55%, and groups that rose but are still below.

We’re in the endgame now. Group 5 is our first group to be completely eliminated, but a few others are just barely hanging on. Also, 5 different groups wound up being exactly halved, resulting in static representation. With just 32 spots in the next round for 22 original groups we’re probably at the end for useful data here (I will, of course, record data all the way until the end, because while it might be more useless recording it is also easier).

Top 64 by game:

(Songs in bold lost at least half their nominees this round (min 3). Songs in bolded italics lost at least two thirds (min 4))

  • 8 songs:
    • Chrono Cross [-7]
    • Final Fantasy VII [-2] 
  • 7 songs:
    • Final Fantasy IX [-1] 
  • 6 songs:
    • Final Fantasy VIII [-2]
  • 3 songs:
    • Moon: Remix RPG Adventure [-3]
    • Super Mario RPG [-3]
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time [-3]
  • 2 songs:
    • Final Fantasy Tactics [-2]
    • Grandia
    • Kirby Super Star 
    • PaRappa the Rapper [-2]
    • Pokemon Red/Blue  
    • Space Channel 5
  • 1 song:
    • Buck Bumble
    • Bushido Blade
    • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night [-2]
    • Jet Grind Radio [-1]
    • NiGHTS Into Dreams
    • Parasite Eve [-2]
    • Rockman & Forte
    • Seaman
    • Silent Hill
    • Suikoden II
    • Vagrant Story
    • Wild Arms [-1]
    • Wild Arms 2 [-1]
    • Xenogears [-1]
  • Remember The Fallen
    • Ace Combat 2
    • Baldur’s Gate
    • Brave Fencer Musashi [-3]
    • Diablo 
    • Discworld 2
    • Donkey Kong 64
    • Einhander [-2] 
    • Enemy Zero 
    • Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
    • Grim Fandango 
    • I.Q.: Intelligent Qube 
    • Koudelka 
    • Metal Gear Solid 
    • Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
    • Persona 2: Innocent Sin 
    • Shenmue 
    • Sonic Adventure  
    • Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike
    • Super Mario 64 [-3]
    • The Curse of Monkey Island 
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask [-2]
    • The Neverhood 
    • Threads of Fate 
    • Ultima Online
    • Um Jammer Lammy

The top has pretty well settled. It’s Chrono Cross and the mainline Final Fantasies jockeying for position. This time Cross and VII have tied for first, followed closely by IX and VIII. Previous stalwarts Moon, Super Mario RPG, and Ocarina of Time are holding down the 3-song tier. By my count, Buck Bumble is the only non-Japanese game remaining. The Playstation is also crushing it; this round may be inadvertently named for the N64 but the console only has 4 songs across 2 games remaining. Overall, the console breakdown goes:

Playstation: 16 games, 47 songs
Super Nintendo/Super Famicom: 3 games, 6 songs
Dreamcast: 3 games, 4 songs
Nintendo 64: 2 games, 4 songs
Game Boy: 1 game, 2 songs
Saturn: 1 game, 1 song