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CapnPancakes

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1. Ys 1+2 - Termination
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Master Hand
3. Skies of Arcadia - Final Battle
4. Radiant Historia - An Earnest Desire for Grey

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1) Sonic Generations - Time Eater (Modern) - Breaking down the barriers of stereotypical Sonic music. I like it. This was a close one but I give it to Sonic for being a bit more epic. I wouldn't mind this one going either way.
2) Sonic 3 & Knuckles - Final Boss Theme - This one sounds like it could fit into Mario Golf, actually. XD I am immune to most Brawl music at this point. Too, much, Final Destination.
3) Skies of Arcadia - Final Battle - Nice one. I'm not sure this one will go too far but it easily wins this round imo.
4) Etrian Odyssey IV - The Legend's Successor - These two are similar in style imo. Radiant Historia definitely has a greater balance composition wise, but it doesn't have as big a kick to it. Etrian Odyssey has a much better rise-and-fall, climax and lull going for it, something I appreciate in music.

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2,783. Posted:

1) Ys 1+2 - Termination — That sonic song was one of the best I've heard, but this one is just so much more complex

2) Final Destination — Do I even need to give a reason?

3) Skies of Arcadia - Final Battle — As much as I love Chrono trigger, this is the worst of the final boss themes. World Revolution and Lavos's theme are miles better. While this song is not incredible, it's good.

4) I can't decide. Both are good, and from games I haven't played.

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2,784. Posted:

1. Ys 1+2 - Determination
Man, I even nominated Sonic Generations but I think I have to vote against it. D:

2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Master Hand
I like the other, but I find the original version much worse than its Generations remake. Gonn have to go with Brawl.

3. Chrono Trigger - Last Battle
Nothin' much to say, but it has a nice, edgy feel. And I jumped after a few minutes in, haha. :D

4. Radiant Historia - An Earnest Desire of Grey
The other one kinda bored me.

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1. Ys 1+2 - Determination
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Master Hand
3. Chrono Trigger - Last Battle
4) Etrian Odyssey IV - The Legend's Successor

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2,786. Posted:

1. Ys 1+2 - Termination
2. Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Master Hand
3. Skies of Arcadia - Final Battle
4. Radiant Historia - An Earnest Desire for Grey

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Captain_Toad

2,787. Posted:

Book of Y 1+2
Smash Bros master Hand.

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Red_XIII

2,788. Posted:

generations, brawl, trigger, odyssey

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1) Ys 1+2 - Termination
2) Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Master Hand
3) Skies of Arcadia - Final Battle
4) Radiant Historia - An Earnest Desire of Grey

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UGXwolf

2,790. Posted:

1) Ys 1+2 - Termination — Oh God, it doesn't end! Another really close match up for me. I can't tell you when one of these would work out for me in the long-run, but I do know that I prefer the more clean, genuine sound of "Termination" to the garbled, filtered metal-under-orchestral theme of "Time Eater." "Termination"'s parts work together far better than "Time Eater"'s does. This is shaping up to be my favorite tournament, so far!

2) Super Smash Bros Brawl - Master Hand — Going with the crowd again! I really like this theme, but if that wasn't enough, that percussion and the frantic piano and synth in the background really set the mood for a battle. It's a good mix between some of my favorite genres, and it really stands out against the Sonic theme it's up against.

3) Skies of Arcadia - Final Battle — Another similar grouping, but this one wasn't so tough for me. They're both epic battle themes that take a little bit to get going. Both have excellent composition, but that classic sound just doesn't do Chrono Trigger's music justice. Skies of Arcadia, on the other hand, sounds absolutely brilliant, though I do have to question the use of a modern beat next to this song. It sets up a bit of dissonance that I'm not sure works well for the song overall. Even so, easy choice for me.

4) Radiant Historia - An Earnest Desire of Grey — This one's extremely tough. They're both so epic and they both do extremely well with that theme of desperation that's so prevalent in most good final bosses. I'm definitely more fond of "The Legend's Successor," but I fear that the over-reliance on brass might actually make this theme a touch too powerful. It also sounds more than a little scripted, and I could easily see it as a resolution theme, at some points, assuming the game/feature has a bad ending. Or maybe it could be near the end of the rising action, but climax doesn't jump in my face, when I hear this one. At the same time, Radiant Historia also plays off that theme of desperation, but I could see it being a regular boss battle or a story boss, rather than a final boss. At least with Etrian Odyssey, I can't imagine it being anywhere but the end of the story. I guess it's kind of a tie, in my head, so I'll give it to the more technically appealing one, but I'll be happy either way.

So, since I didn't respond early, as I normally do, I'll go ahead and post the current scores now.

1) 8-2 (In favor of "Termination" from Ys 1 + 2)
2) 9-1 (In favor of "Master Hand" from Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
3) 6-3 (In favor of "Final Battle" from Skies of Arcadia)
4) 5-3 (In favor of "An Earnest Desire of Grey" from Radiant Historia)

Obviously, this includes my own vote. Oooh! The fourth bracket is really close!

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2,791. Posted:

1) Ys 1+2 - Termination
2) Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Master Hand
3) Chrono Trigger - Last Battle
4) Radiant Historia - An Earnest Desire of Grey

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CapnPancakes

2,792. Posted:

Ys 1+2 wins 9-2
Super Smash Bros. Brawl wins 10-1
Skies of Arcadia wins 6-4
Radiant Historia wins 6-3

Sorry I haven't updated the thread in a while, I'm really getting bad about that.
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1) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - In the Final vs. Persona 3 - The Battle for Everybody's Souls

2) Yoshi's Island - Baby Bowser vs. Iji - Tor

3) Cave Story - Final Battle vs. Jamestown - Conquistador

4) Paper Mario - King of the Koopas vs. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel

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1) Persona 3 - The Battle for Everybody's Souls
2) Iji - Tor
3) Cave Story - Final Battle
4) Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel

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Link-Hero

2,794. Posted:

1) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - In the Final
2) Yoshi's Island - Baby Bowser
3) Cave Story - Final Battle
4) Paper Mario - King of the Koopas

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Maelstrom

2,795. Posted:

1) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - In the Final --While the persona one is good, I just love this song
2) Iji - Tor --- Good song. And I really don't like the Yoshi's Island one.
3) Cave Story - Final Battle --- Just beat this game. Complete awesomeness
4) Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel --- Normally I hate lyrics, but this song is amazing.

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2,796. Posted:

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1) Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - In the Final – By no means an easy choice but I have to go with my own nomination.
2) Iji - Tor's theme
3) Cave Story – Rather odd, I don't usually like the music of this game, but this track somehow came on top.
4) Final Fantasy VII

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2,797. Posted:

1. Persona 3 - The Battle For Everybody's Souls
I like both, but I love this one too much to not vote for it.

2. Iji - Tor's Theme
Didn't really find either to be that enjoyable, but I guess this one isn't as bad.

3. Jamestown - Conquistador
Surprised I would go for this above Cave Story! :O

4. Final Fantasy VII - One-Winged Angel
Another classic! :D

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1) Persona 3 - The Battle for Everybody's Souls
2) Yoshi's Island - Baby Bowser
3) Jamestown - Conquistador
4) Paper Mario - King of the Koopas

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CapnPancakes

2,799. Posted:

1. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
2. Yoshi's Island - Baby Bowser
3. Jamestown - Conquistador
4. Paper Mario - King of the Koopas

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UGXwolf

2,800. Posted:

If you're wondering why I'm taking so long to vote, these days, it's because of how ridiculously hard some of these are to pick from! Geez!

1) Persona 3 - The Battle For Everyone's Souls — As I said, REALLY TOUGH, GUYS! Both of these songs so perfectly embody "Final Boss" and that frantic desperation (Bowser's Inside Story) or cool-headed resolve (Persona 3) needed to face such a tough opponent. The themes fit their respective franchises to a T, no less. If they weren't going against each other in round 1, I'd say they're both strong contenders for the Final round, but here we are, and here's my vote. So what made the decision? Personality. Mine, to be specific. Not to mention my style. The instrumentation and genre of "The Battle For Everyone's Souls" suits me better than "In The Final."

2) Yoshi's Island - Baby Bowser — First off, this isn't even a fair match up for me. Yoshi's Island helped shape my musical tastes, and that build up and the frantic, heavy pace are perfect for the kind of boss fight. Iji doesn't stand a chance with me, I'm afraid. Both are great songs, though. Even so, Tor's theme doesn't quite scream "final boss" to me, anyways. Baby Bowser's theme, on the other hand, I couldn't see being anywhere else.

3) Cave Story - Final Battle — Both are great themes, and while "Conquistador" is the more technically advanced and more epic piece, I feel as if it's almost scripted. It sounds like it should be part of a movie, rather than a game. In a sense, "Final Battle" puts me in the action, while "Conquistador" makes me feel distant from it.

4) NO DECISION — Again, we have the more technically impressive song versus the more traditional one. I'm not entirely sure when one to pick, here. I honestly almost feel like voting against One-Winged Angel because it's over-hyped, but that's hardly any way to go about this tournament. Nor will I vote One-Winged Angel just to prove that that's not why I'm doing it. One-Winged Angel puts me in a better state of intimidation, but King of the Koopas is far more suited to my personal tastes. IMO they're on par with each other in terms of fitting the theme, so I'm actually going to refrain from this one. I can't decide. ^^;; (And yes, I typed this out as I was deciding. That's why it's so rambling.)

And since I'm once again coming in fairly late, DEM SCORES!!!
5-5
5-4 (In favor of "Baby Bowser")
5-4 (In favor of "Final Battle")
4-4

This may be the closest vote we've seen yet. Everything's divided by one vote, at the most!

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