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GotD-127

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Poll4195

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 4195
Division Contest Final
Match # 127
Match Date Thursday, December 23, 2010
Vote difference 906
Oracle
Expectations
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - 50.03%
24 for - 45 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask - 4.20%
Battle Contest
Predictions

Banked: 83
Super Smash Bros. Brawl: 1830
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: 1347

DAWN OF THE FINAL DAY
-24 Hours Remain-

Right after the dogfight with FFX, Majora immediately had to turn around for what would be a presumed dogfight final against a heavy hitter from its own company. It was not a final many people expected, and it would end up a final not nearly as close as the final score would indicate.

Though Zelda would end up winning this match by 900 votes, that number really is a misnomer. Because for the second match in a row, Majora's Mask went out and rocked face early with borderline joke trends. But unlike the match with FFX, Majora and Brawl have near identical trends with Majora getting the clear overnight advantage. So when Majora went out and took control of this match early and kept increasing its lead by a considerable rate overnight, the match was all but over. And whenever Brawl looked like it was going to make an overnight push, Zelda took it all back. It continued on this pace well into the morning and almost until noon. The lead peaked near 1500, but Brawl did come back and win the day vote to make this match respectable.

Were this final a 12 hour day match, Brawl would have won it. Beating Twilight Princess during the day like it did and cutting 600 votes off of a Zelda game in the final during the day was very admirable, but the push in the final was window dressing. It was clear Zelda had this match won when Brawl comeback attempt was much too slow, and even the big cuts were pushed back or countered.

In the end, this was the closest final we've ever had and arguably the only final where we had zero clue who would win going in. It was also our first true blue Good vs Evil final since Link vs Mario in 2002, and once again it was the good side that came out on top.

I joked a lot about Zelda fans being drones this contest, but I will never again make fun of that fanbase. You guys came through when it mattered most, and prevented the terrible Super Smash Bros. Brawl from being named our GameFAQs Game of the Decade. Nothing would have been more embarrassing. Seriously, any of the other 127 games would have been better. Thankfully, we ended up with a pretty deserving one winning. Who knows what happens if Melee beats Brawl, but that's ancient history now.

Your Game of the Decade, Majora's Mask!

Some argued if Majora deserved it, and Lightning Strikes made the best point about all this:

From: Lightning Strikes | #009
Brawl is one of the most popular games of the decade, one of the more acclaimed games, and is definitely the most hyped. Majora's Mask is more a shadow of the 90's. It was developed in the 90's, using an engine from the 90's, and was on a 90's system. It's not really "of the decade".

Though Majora was technically released this decade, it really does have a 1990s feel to it. That game winning our contest the way it did was a clear old games > newer games message from this site.

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Game of the Decade Matches

Round One
Fallout 3 > inFamous
Deus Ex > Rock Band 2
Batman:AA > Psychonauts
TF2 > Fable
Uncharted 2 > LoD
SFIV > SA2
Halo 3 > SMS
Halo > Ninja Gaiden
Metroid Prime > SO3
DMC3 > Mother 3
MM9 > Demon's Souls
Okami > No More Heroes
ToS > RE5
God of War > L4D
GTAIII > LBP
Half-Life 2 > L4D2
Melee > GH2
Morrowind > Warcraft III
PD > CBFD
CoD4 > PoP:SoT
Pokémon DPP > Metroid Fusion
FE:PoR > WWF No Mercy
Valkyria Chronicles > Disgaea
Brawl > MKDS
SMG > BG&E
Pokémon RSE > GTAIV
DA:O > F-Zero GX
LoZ:TP > Shenmue
BioShock > Battlefront II
KHII > Halo 2
MW2 > Dissidia

KH > Castlevania DoS
FFX > Viewtiful Joe
Borderlands > ToV
Golden Sun > R&C:UYA
GTA:SA > Dead Space
KotOR > DMC
FE > Tony Hawk 2
Persona 3 > Civ4
FFIX > PW:T&T
RE4 > JGR
GTA:VC > SH2
Dead Rising > TWEWY
Persona 4 > Braid
Portal > Gears 2
FFXII > Crisis Core
Skies > Baldur's Gate II
Mass Effect > PvZ
MGS3 > TimeSplitters 2
MvC2 > NSMBW
Paper Mario > Katamari Damacy
WoW > Animal Crossing
MGS4 > Assassin's Creed
Diablo II > ED:SR
MGS2 > Banjo-Tooie
SotC > Sims
LoZ:MM > Wii Sports
Chrono Cross > DQVIII
MKWii > PW:AA
Pokémon GSC > Advance Wars
LoZ:WW > God of War II
Assassin's Creed II > ICO
PM:TTYD > Gears
Oblivion > SoulCalibur II

Round Two
Fallout 3 > Deus Ex
Batman:AA > TF2
Uncharted 2 > SFIV
Halo > Halo 3
Metroid Prime > DMC3
Okami > MM9
God of War > ToS
Half-Life 2 > GTAIII
Melee > Morrowind
CoD4 > PD
Pokémon DPP > FE:PoR
Brawl > Valkyria Chronicles
SMG > Pokémon RSE
LoZ:TP > DA:O
KHII > BioShock
KH > MW2
FFX > Borderlands
Golden Sun > GTA:SA
KotOR > FE
FFIX > Persona 3
RE4 > GTA:VC
Persona 4 > Dead Rising
Portal > FFXII
Mass Effect > Skies
MGS3 > MvC2
Paper Mario > WoW
MGS4 > Diablo II
SotC > MGS2
LoZ:MM > Chrono Cross
Pokémon GSC > MKWii
LoZ:WW > Assassin's Creed II
Oblivion > Paper Mario:TTYD

R3 and following
Fallout 3 > Batman:AA
Halo > Uncharted 2
Metroid Prime > Okami
Half-Life 2 > God of War
Melee > CoD4
Brawl > Pokémon DPP
LoZ:TP > SMG
KHII > KH
FFX > Golden Sun
FFIX > KotOR
RE4 > Persona 4
Portal > Mass Effect
MGS3 > Paper Mario
SotC > MGS4
LoZ:MM > Pokémon GSC
LoZ:WW > Oblivion
Fallout 3 > Halo
Metroid Prime > Half-Life 2
Brawl > Melee
LoZ:TP > KHII
FFX > FFIX
RE4 > Portal
MGS3 > SotC
LoZ:MM > LoZ:WW
Fallout 3 > Metroid Prime
Brawl > LoZ:TP
FFX > RE4
LoZ:MM > MGS3
Brawl > Fallout 3
LoZ:MM > FFX
LoZ:MM > Brawl
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