I’ll end the Barack Obama spiel with an exit quote from this site…
“Let’s put politics aside and celebrate this historic milestone. In his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial 45 years ago, Dr. King said, “I have a dream that one day my children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Let us now take pride that Tuesday we Americans proved that neither thing matters anymore.”
Anyway…the first round (err…second, but it’s called the first for some reason) of the GameFAQs character battle has been decided. Rules are the same as last time. In the GameFAQs battle, four contestants enter, the two with the most votes move on while the other two. This turns the character battle into a popularity contest instead of what it should be, a character battle. In this series, the rules are the same. Four contestants, two move on, etc…but I am the only one voting. My criteria for the fight includes popularity, but also the number of appearances in a game, as well as prestiege. This prevens too many Final Fantasy characters (who typically only appear in one game, although they may cameo in Kingdom Hearts) from dominating the rounds.
One additional note: Characters highlighted in blue made it to the division finals in the GameFAQs poll (I disqualified two candidates in the first round, so if one contest has only one blue candidate…that’s why).
Wario vs. Zack Fair vs. Link vs. Shadow the Hedgehog
Duke Nukem vs. Marth vs. Altair vs. Guybrush Threepwood
Liquid Snake vs. Luigi vs. Bowser vs. Phoenix Wright
Mario vs. Zelda vs. Tom Nook vs. MegaMan X
Crash Bandicoot vs. Samus Aran vs. Frog vs. Ganondorf
Falco Lombardi vs. Vincent Valentine vs. Gordon Freeman vs. Scorpion
Crono vs. Amaterasu vs. Meta Knight vs. Ryu (Street Fighter)
Alucard vs. Captain Falcon vs. Pikachu vs. Arthas Menethil
Donkey Kong vs. Miles “Tails” Prower vs. Captain Olimar vs. Mega Man
Ryu Hayabusa vs. Zero vs. Albert Wesker vs. Solid Snake
Fox McCloud vs. Sora vs. Squall Leonhart vs. Yoshi
Cloud Strife vs. Midna vs. Mewtwo vs. Pac-Man
Big Boss vs. Kirby vs. Master Chief vs. Raiden
Leon Kennedy vs. Riku (Kingdom Hearts) vs. Dante vs. Ramza Beoulve
Magus vs. Sonic the Hedgehog vs. Auron vs. Sub-Zero
Sephiroth vs. Tifa Lockheart vs. Kratos vs. Revolver Ocelot
Some commentary: Neither Marth nor Duke Nukem deserved to advance to the next round, but I ended up going with Duke. Altair doesn’t deserve too either, but he has the luck of having crappy competition. None of them will get past Wario or Link, though. Choosing Zelda over MegaMan X was difficult but necessary. MegaMan X is, at best, an update on the original MegaMan whose heydey was the 16-bit era. Zelda’s role, on the other hand, has increased (not too much, but enough). Alucard and Captain Falcon was a toss-up. However, aside from Super Smash Bros. cameos, Captain Falcon hasn’t done all that much. Alucard, however, is pretty renowned by critics of the Castlevania series. Ryu Hayabusa was chosen over Zero and Wesker thanks to his star status. Zero has gone the MegaMan X route of mediocrity and Wesker is too busy working behind the scenes.
Round 3 will be posted next week.