Best Video Game Song Tournament, 2009-2012: Runoff Round

Group play is over, and it’s almost time for the top 512! But, before we start that, we have one last thing to take care of. It’s the runoff round!

The preliminary top 512 featured:

19 songs from NieR1
16 songs from Final Fantasy XIII
14 songs from Kirby’s Epic Yarn
14 songs from Final Fantasy XIII-2
11 songs from Sonic Generations

For a grand total of 24 excess songs. They will face the 24 best songs to finish outside the top 5122 in a single elimination round to determine the true top 512.

This round will be open until Sunday, October 3rd at 9:00 AM Pacific. You can listen to a playlist of today’s matchups here. As always, please listen to both songs in a match before voting. Let the playoffs begin!

(Also, be sure to pour one out for our bubble, 33 songs which were just a roll of the virtual dice away from getting their shot. Sadly, they are all eliminated.)


NieR The Ultimate Weapon 11 5 Castlevania: The Adventure: ReBirth Load BGM
NieR Kainé ~ Escape 6 9 Brandish: The Dark Revenant Fortress
NieR His Dream 5 8 The Last Story Just Being Near You
NieR City of Commerce 7 6 Trails of Azure Beyond the Paradise of Lies
NieR The Prestigious Mask 6 8 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Crystal Bearers Ramble
NieR Ashes of Dreams ~ Nuadhaich 13 2 Persona School Days
Final Fantasy XIII The Gapra Whitewood 11 6 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Staff Roll
NieR Emil ~ Sacrifice 12 5 Sonic Colors Aquarium Park Act 3
NieR Ashes of Dreams [English] 6 9 Pokémon Black and White 2 Champion Iris Battle
Final Fantasy XIII The Archylte Steppe 4 11 Persona 4 Golden Never More (A Capella Version)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 New Bodhum – Aggressive Mix 6 9 Fate/Extra Fourth Chimeric Lunar Sea – 2nd Floor
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Starting Over [Naoshi Mizuta] 8 7 999: 9 Hours 9 Person 9 Doors Morphogenetic Sorrow
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Labyrinth of Chaos 10 7 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle The Outer Rim
Final Fantasy XIII Chocobos of Cocoon – Chasing Dreams 4 12 Ys: Memories of Celceta Black Wings
Final Fantasy XIII Dust to Dust 10 8 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Man the Meat Steakhouse
Final Fantasy XIII Saber’s Edge 8 10 Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Akbadain Breakthrough / Akbadain Mummies
Final Fantasy XIII Sazh’s Theme 7 10 Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Main Theme
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Crazy Chocobo [A- Shootie HG] 13 4 Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story Stolen Koopa Castle
Kirby’s Epic Yarn Tube Town 3 11 Digital: A Love Story Disappointment
NieR Song of the Ancients ~ Hollow Dreams 7 9 DJ Hero 2 Superstition vs War – Stevie Wonder vs Edwin Starr
Kirby’s Epic Yarn Secret Island 6 8 DJ Hero Poker Face vs Girls On Film – Lady Gaga vs Duran Duran
Kirby’s Epic Yarn Cool Cave 8 7 Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Climatic Return
Kirby’s Epic Yarn Vs. Meta Knight 5 13 Plants vs Zombies Roof Stage
Sonic Generations Planet Wisp Classic 12 6 Persona 2: Eternal Punishment Battle Theme

Pretty even mix here! 13 challengers prevailed while 11 fell short. The top 512 will change a little as a result; I won’t be posting it in the header (again, too many words for poor WordPress) but keep your eyes on the spreadsheet if you’re curious.