Best Video Game Song Tournament, 01-04: Top 64 (Part 1 of 2)

With two rounds of playoffs in the books, we move on to the top 64! It’s really heating up now!

Since it’s the playoffs, groups will be active until 9:00AM Pacific the day after they post1, or for roughly 24 hours. You can listen to a playlist of today’s songs (in matchup order) here.

Or you can work ahead!

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Part 1

Part 2

Or listen to every song here.

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PLEASE LISTEN TO BOTH SONGS IN A MATCH BEFORE VOTING

Voting will be live until Friday, October 16th at 9:00AM Pacific

Previous Round Results:

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerDragon Roost Island89Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy-Seventh Moon
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerFarewell Hyrule King125Parappa The Rapper 2Sista Moosesha
Zone of the Enders: The Fist of MarsWetworks510Cave StoryLast Battle
TechnictixTE 2068Final Fantasy XIRonfaure
IcoCastle in the Mist134Tales of SymphoniaFull Force
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost OceanVitriolic a Stroke109The Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerWindfall Island
Remember 11: The Age of InfinityAll or None214Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga 1Danger
Suikoden IIIExceeding Love104Trails in the Sky FCHow to Walk in Liberl
Guilty Gear XXHoly Orders (Be Just or Be Dead)106Trails in the Sky FCTrails in the Skies
Mario & Luigi: Superstar SagaPreparing for Travel810Zone of the Enders: The Second RunnerBeyond the Bounds
Katamari DamacyKatamaritaino (Roll Me In)710Puyo Pop FeverTaisen 4 (Final Boss Theme)
Super Smash Bros. MeleeBrinstar Depths127Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake EaterMain Theme
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorMain Theme162Pokemon Ruby/SapphireSlateport City
Unlimited SaGaBattle Theme EX113Super Monkey Ball 2Monkey Shot ~ Expert Stage
Final Fantasy XPrelude413Unlimited SaGaBattle Theme I
Mega Man Battle Network 3Boss Battle! (Boss Theme)77Katamari DamacyGin & Tonic & Red Red Roses

One tie! I had to give it to an all time favorite, Mega Man Battle Network 3 – Boss Battle! (Boss Theme). Sory “Gin & Tonic & Red Red Roses”.

Elsewhere, our #3 seed, “Dragon Roost Island”, met an unfortunate end, falling by one to the little-known Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy-‘s “Seventh Moon”. It’s the Best Video Game Song Tournament: anything can happen!

Fun Stats:

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Top 64 by song:

4 Songs:

  • Katamari Damacy (-4)
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee (-3)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (-2)
  • Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim 

3 Songs:

  • Iridion II (-2)
  • Kingdom Hearts (-1)
  • Ico

2 Songs:

  • Final Fantasy X (-6)
  • Cave Story (-2)
  • Gitaroo Man (-1)
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (-1)
  • Unlimited SaGa (-1)
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 

1 Song:

  • Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (-2)
  • Tales of Symphonia (-2)
  • Technictix (-2)
  • Jet Set Radio Future (-1)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (-1) 
  • Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire (-1) 
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (-1) 
  • Super Mario Sunshine (-1)
  • Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner (-1)
  • Baby Felix Halloween
  • Final Fantasy XI 
  • Guilty Gear XX 
  • Luigi’s Mansion 
  • Macross 7 -Shake the Heart of the Galaxy-
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2 
  • Metroid Prime 
  • Puyo Pop Fever
  • Shadow Hearts 
  • Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga 1
  • Silent Hill 2
  • Silent Hill 3 
  • Sonic Heroes 
  • Suikoden III
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$! 
  • Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse 
  • Zone of the Enders 

Remember The Fallen:

  • Trails in the Sky FC (-4)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (-2)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (-2) 
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash (-2) 
  • Mega Man Battle Network (-2)
  • Parappa The Rapper 2 (-2) 
  • Beats of Rage
  • Dynasty Warriors 4
  • Final Fantasy X-2 
  • Fire Emblem 
  • Halo: Combat Evolved 
  • Legaia 2: Duel Saga
  • Mario Power Tennis
  • Remember 11: The Age of Infinity 
  • Silent Hill 4
  • Soul Calibur II
  • Star Ocean: Till the End of Time 
  • Super Monkey Ball 2
  • Wild Arms 3
  • Wild Arms Alter Code: F 
  • Zone of the Enders: The First of Mars

Shocking results all around. Early favorite Final Fantasy X has plummeted from 8 songs to just 2, and Trails in the Sky FC, which started the playoffs diversity locked and in 3rd place, is out of the tournament altogether after losing each of its remaining 4 songs. Katamari Damacy and Super Smash Bros. Melee retain their top placement, but each lose half of their songs (rounding down for Melee).

But, in that 4-way tie for first (which also includes The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker) we see a new face: Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim. Trails in the Sky FC couldn’t hang, but we’ve got at least one Falcom RPG here; a perfect round is always impressive, doubly so in this bloodbath round.

Top 64 by platform:

  • PS2: 28 songs (18 games)
  • GameCube: 16 songs (9 games)
  • GBA: 8 songs (5 games)
  • PC: 6 songs (2 games)
  • Game Boy Color: 3 songs (3 games)
  • Xbox: 1 song (1 game)
  • Arcade: 1 song (1 game)
  • Multiplatform: 1 song (1 game)

The GBA continues to fall back to earth, as the PS2 and GameCube are entrenched in 1st and 2nd place respectively. The Game Boy Color is holding it strong at 3 songs over 3 games, just like it has the entire playoffs. I guess you’ve got to be pretty danged good to get recognition as a GBC game by this point.

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