Best Video Game Song Tournament, 2005-2008: Top 256 (Part 1 of 8)

Round 2! The top 128 come off of bye and challenge the 128 survivors of round 1.

Since it’s the playoffs, groups will be active until 9:00 AM Pacific the day after they post,1 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

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

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, April 16th at 9:00AM Pacific

Previous Round Results:

God HandGod Hand (English)69Ar tonelico: Melody of ElemiaLegend of Ar Tonelico ~Mir’s Birth~
Halo 3Warthog Run59Omega FiveThe Escalated Invasion [STAGE 2]
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessTitle Theme117Kingdom Hearts IISanctuary
Kingdom Hearts IIThe 13th Dilemma58Valkyrie Profile 2: SilmeriaConfidence in the Domination (Improv. Version)
BioShockCohen’s Masterpiece38skate.el alto el fuego
Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King AbaddonThe Summoner of Tsukigata511The World Ends With YouTwister – Remix
Persona 3When the Moon’s Reaching Out Stars79Shadow of the ColossusDemise of the Ritual
Rhythm Heaven (DS)Love Lab6*6Trails in the Sky SCThe Merciless Savior
Drill DozerArt Museum & Clink Prison (Area 2 & 5)410Persona 4Backside of the TV
Valkyria ChroniclesMain Theme410Ys: The Oath in FelghanaIllburns Ruins
Phoenix Wright: Trials and TribulationsInvestigation (2004)710Blue DragonAncient Fortress
Eternal SonataLeap the Precipice114Shadow the HedgehogDigital Circuit
Rinneb0f106Metroid Prime 3: CorruptionSkytown
Final Fantasy XIIThe Dalmasca Estersand107Trails in the Sky the 3rdGolden Road, Silver Road
Ar tonelico II: Melody of MetafalicaMETHOD_METAFALICA/.97Zwei: The Ilvard InsurrectionLeave It To Ragna
IkarugaIdeal97OpoonaOld Forest

One tie, in a strangely low-voting round. Love Lab beats The Merciless Savior.

Fun Facts:

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Top 256 By Game:

13 Songs: (1 Game)

  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl

12 Songs: (2 Games)

  • Persona 3 [-1]
  • Persona 4 [-1]

9 Songs: (1 Game)

  • Shadow of the Colossus [-3]

8 Songs: (1 Game)

  • Super Mario Galaxy [-1]

7 Songs: (2 Games)

  • Final Fantasy XII [-3]
  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica [-2]

6 Songs: (3 Games)

  • Kingdom Hearts II [-4]
  • The World Ends With You [-2]
  • Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia [-1]

5 Songs: (4 Games)

  • Opoona [-2]
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess [-2]
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Sigma Harmonics

4 Songs: (11 Games)

  • Mass Effect [-5]
  • Rhythm Heaven (DS) [-2]
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) [-2]
  • Rhythm Tengoku [-1]
  • Eternal Sonata
  • Mega Man 9
  • Persona 3 FES
  • Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
  • We Love Katamari
  • Wild Arms 5
  • Ys: The Oath in Felghana

3 Songs: (6 Games)

  • Trails in the Sky SC [-6]
  • Eternal Poison [-2]
  • Sonic Unleashed [-2]
  • Ys Origin [-2]
  • Granado Espada
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6

2 Songs: (17 Games)

  • Trails in the Sky the 3rd [-8]
  • Super Paper Mario [-3]
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future [-2]
  • Lost Odyssey [-1]
  • Xanadu Next [-1]
  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War
  • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
  • Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII
  • Etrian Odyssey II
  • Ikaruga
  • Okami
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness
  • Psychonauts
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army
  • Tales of Legendia
  • Umineko When They Cry

1 Song: (54 Games)

  • Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon [-3]
  • Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations [-3]
  • Deathsmiles [-2]
  • Mario Kart Wii [-2]
  • Sonic Rush [-2]
  • Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection [-2]
  • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness [-1]
  • Guilty Gear 2: Overture [-1]
  • Halo 3 [-1]
  • Lumines II [-1]
  • Mirror’s Edge [-1]
  • Pokemon Diamond / Pearl [-1]
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village [-1]
  • Quartet! The Stage of Love [-1]
  • Skate. [-1]
  • The Lord of the Rings Online [-1]
  • Wii Sports [-1]
  • Word of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King [-1]
  • Aether
  • Aoi Shiro
  • Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
  • Baten Kaitos Origins
  • Blue Dragon
  • Brain Age
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castlevania Judgment
  • Civilization IV
  • Corpse Party Blood Covered
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
  • FFXI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan
  • I/O
  • Killer7
  • Kirby Canvas Curse
  • La-Mulana
  • Nanostray 2
  • Odin Sphere
  • Omega Five
  • Patapon
  • Patapon 2
  • Phoenix Wright: Justice for All
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
  • Portal
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Rinne
  • Rune Factory
  • Suikoden Tactics
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
  • Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume
  • Vantage Master Portable
  • White Knight Chronicles
  • Wii Fit
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • Wild Arms 4
  • Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Remember The Fallen (37 games):

  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy [-4]
  • 428 Shibuya Scramble [-2]
  • Etrian Odyssey [-2]
  • Shadow the Hedgehog [-2]
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • BioShock
  • bit Generations
  • Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
  • Chrono Trigger (DS)
  • Drill Dozer
  • Drone Tactics
  • Elebits
  • Folklore
  • God Hand
  • Jade Empire
  • Knights in the Nightmare
  • Let’s Tap
  • LocoRoco
  • Makai Kingdom
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Mother 3
  • No More Heroes
  • ObsCure II
  • Overgrowth
  • Radiata Stories
  • Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga 2
  • Silent Hill: Origins
  • Soul Nomad & The World Eaters
  • Strong Bad’s Cool Game For Attractive People
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves

Not a whole lot of movement near the top, thanks in part to byes. Personae 3 and 4 each lose one song each, while Brawl goes undefeated, claiming 1st all by itself. However, just below our top tier were some games that didn’t do as hot. Mass Effect was halved, from 9 to 4, and both Trails games were decimated; SC fell from 9 to 3, while The 3rd lost a staggering 8 songs to go from 10 all the way to 2. With their backs against the wall, will our plucky protagonists engineer a comeback?

Further down, Dissidia: Final Fantasy is the most surprising game to be leaving us, going from 4 to 0. We’re still as FF crazy as ever over here, but I guess this one just didn’t quite hit the mark.

Top 256 By Platform:

PS2: 96 (25 games)
Wii: 39 (11 games)
DS: 38 (19 games)
PC: 25 (14 games)
360: 22 (11 games)
Multiplatform: 15 (9 games)
GBA: 7 (2 games)
PSP: 6 (5 games)
Arcade: 3 (2 games)
N-Gage: 2 (1 game)
PS3: 2 (2 games)
GameCube: 1 (1 game)

No huge shakeups so far. The PS2 still stands alone, putting a little bit more distance between itself and the competition. The PS3’s existence on the margins took a hit, dropping from 5 games to 2, and the Xbox’s lone holdout has also left.

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