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Topic: The NL Special Video Game Music Tournament: Best Sky Theme (First Round)

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CapnPancakes

761. Posted:

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night wins 3-1
Kirby's Epic Yarn wins 3-1
Final Fantasy III wins the random coin flip at 2-2
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze wins the random coin flip at 2-2

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Here is a link to the Best Final Boss Theme Tournament

1) Banjo Kazooie - Rusty-Bucket Bay vs. Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 - Bloopcheep Sea (CD Version)

2) Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire - Dive vs. Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks

3) Super Mario Bros. - World 2-2 vs. Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance

4) Sonic CD - Tidal Tempest vs. Sonic Colors - Aquarium Park (Act 1)

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762. Posted:

Some amazing tunes in this lineup! Hard choices all around.

1) Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 - Bloopcheep Sea (CD Version)
2) Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire - Dive
3) Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance
4) Sonic CD - Tidal Tempest

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763. Posted:

1) Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 - Bloopcheep Sea (CD Version)
2) Pokemon Ruby / Sapphire - Dive
3) Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance (I prefer the other song one the top of my list than the old version)
4) Sonic Colors - Aquarium Park (Act 1) (I think Tidal Tempest is the better choice overall, but I do like this track in general)

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764. Posted:

1) Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 - Bloopcheep Sea (CD Version)
2) Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks
3) Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance
4) I really don't know - I'll have to decide later.

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765. Posted:

1) Mario Hoops: 3 on 3 - Bloopcheep Sea (CD Version) — It just fits the theme better. Much as I love Banjo-Kazooie and Grant Kirkhope's compositions, I can't pretend that I don't enjoy Bloopcheep Sea so much more.

2) Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks — Aside from being a well-deserved classic, just listen to that build-up! No doubt that both songs have many merits to go over, but this is a case where technical limitations are the downfall. The GBA can only make so complex of music, and I'm afraid "Dive" is just entirely out-classed, here.

3) Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambience — Oh, that's not even fair. "World 2-2" has its merits, but everything it does right, "Aquatic Ambience" does better. And what "World 2-2" does wrong, "Aquatic Ambience" still does right.

4) NO VOTE — I can't really decide and don't have enough interest in the outcome to force a decision. Sonic music is good, but water themes aren't exactly SEGA's strong suit. Still a good bracket.

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766. Posted:

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767. Posted:

1. Mario Hoops 3 on 3 - Bloopcheep Sea (CD Version)
2. Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks
3. Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance
4. Sonic Colors - Aquarium Park (Act 1)

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768. Posted:

Sonic colors Aquarium park. This one was close.

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769. Posted:

Bloocheep Sea
Doh, These two shoulve gotten to each other later in the tourney. Oh well,.Dire Dire docks. Heh, this 3 part song just goes SO well with the water theme. It's near unfair to dive theme.
Aquatic ambience. As iconic as mario's nes underwater theme is maybe a remix would've worked against this...majestic....relaxing...and unsettling theme. Oh wait there is!

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770. Posted:

1. Banjo-Kazooie - Rusty Bucket Bay
2. Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire - Dive Theme (tough choice, but after consideration I'm not sure that Dire Dire Docks fits the levels it's used in)
3. Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambiance
4. Sonic CD - Tidal Tempest [JP/EU]

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771. Posted:

DAT SCOREBOARD!

6 ("Bloocheep Sea") - 1 ("Rusty Bucket Bay")
4 ("Dire Dire Docks") - 3 ("Dive")
7 ("Aquatic Ambience") - 0 ("World 2-2")
3 ("Aquarium Park (Act 1)") - 2 ("Tidal Tempest [JP/EU]")

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772. Posted:

I feel that these threads need a BUMP. Any other votes? Come on, now~ Don't be shy~

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773. Posted:

Heh, I guess I'll end this one too....

Bloocheep Sea destroys Rusty Bucket Bay with a 6-1 win!
Dire Dire Docks squeaks by with a 4-3 win over Dive!
World 2-2 had no hope against Aquatic Ambience with a 7-0 win!
Aquatic Park had a close call against Tidal Tempest with a 3-2 win!

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774. Posted:

The Wheel of Fate is Turning...

A Secret, Sleeping Deep in the Sea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snVrGRfjPAs&feature=youtu.be vs Seashore War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boqy0Q-4c_M
Bubble Man Stage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj0-aWXkolQ vs Dolphin Shoals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtl77HmTfYc
Zora's Domain OOT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUyqvUG0ypA vs Aquatic Base Level 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMPnawUNz5o
Launch Octopus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMF6XBf4Uvw vs. Sailing the Sea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJUaP85rRS0

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775. Posted:

Can't listen cause I'm at work, but is it bad that I hearts Olmec when you said "Let's rock?"

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776. Posted:

1) A Secret, Sleeping Deep in the Sea
2) Bubble Man
3) Aquatic Base level 1
4) Launch Octopus

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777. Posted:

1) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Seashore War — I found this one outright more enjoyable to listen to. In fact, I think "A Secret, Sleeping Deep in the Sea" hurt my ears a little. Besides, there's a lovely mixing of themes in "Seashore War" between the icy instrumentation, the background Viking percussion, and the foreground strings intended to give the image of water that works insanely well, when put together.

2) Mario Kart 8 - Dolphin Shoals — Have I made it clear I don't like the NES and GameBoy sound chips? You can do some cool stuff with it, but the instrumentation just falls flat on its face. On the flipside, you have Mario Kart 8 and DAT SAX. I can't hate Dolphin Shoals by any means. The theme is just so complete. I really do think of a seashore. Maybe the sax overdoes it a bit and that might come back to haunt this piece later in the tournament, but for now, this isn't even a contest for me.

3) Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) - Aquatic Base Level 1 — This music really reminds me of Kingdom Hearts. In a good way. It keeps that deep orchestral vibe I love about Sonic '06 music, but Aquatic Base definitely has it for me, this time.

4) Bravely Default - Sailing the Sea — I can't help but notice this heavy "wonderous world" vibe coming from literally every Bravely Default piece. It really captures the feeling of your first time exploring really well, though it loses effect after a while. It's still a really nice touch.

Also, I got post #777! Yay! =D

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778. Posted:

Dolphin Shoals. The sax. Nuff said. ;)
Zora Domain. While this theme isn't exacily in your face as Aquatic base. It gives off a calming beachlike feel. Almost in a fantasy-like way.
Bravely Default Sailing the sea.

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779. Posted:

I was going to end this section now since @Genocha ended the final boss bracket but due to lack of votes I'll keep it open forrrrrrrr..... 4 hours.

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780. Posted:

1) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Seashore War
2) Mario Kart 8 - Dolphin Shoals
3) Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) - Aquatic Base Level 1
4) Bravely Default - Sailing the Sea

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