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Quincy Pringle is Combining the Best of Multiple Genres to Make His New RPG “OTHER”

In a world of countless RPGs, you might be worried that the genre is becoming stale over time. Unfortunately, many developers are too afraid to shake up the formula out of fear their games may not sell well. So while the big names play it safe, we turn to independent developers for innovation. Enter Quincy Pringle, a young developer who is ready to liven up the RPG scene with his new game OTHER: Her Loving Embrace. The game takes traditional turn-based battles and turns each one into an interactive experience. To see it in action, check out the short clip below.

I had a chance to talk to Quincy about his upcoming game, and he had a lot to share, including details about the game’s story, characters, additional gameplay mechanics, and much more. Quincy went into detail about his passion for game development, some of his greatest inspirations, and even some hardships he’s faced when working on projects in the past.

OTHER: Her Loving Embrace takes the classic turn-based RPG battle system and flips it on its head by turning each fight into an interactive platforming experience. How did you come up with this idea?

Early in 2017, I started making a small rougelike game that was intended to be a prequel of sorts to my other game project, Super Pretentious Underground Dungeon (SPUD), while also being a programming exercise. It was very by-the-books, with tiled movement, turn based combat, the usual for a good Rouge clone. I showed it to some friends, and while they liked it, they felt it was too derivative. So I knew I had to do something different.

Eventually, I had the idea of turning it into a turn-based RPG. I love RPGs; I’ve always wanted to make one but I also wanted to make something that felt fresh. The battle system evolved over several iterations and brainstorming sessions. It all started out with the question of, “How do I make the battles more interactive?” Some of my favorite games are RPGs with an interesting and interactive battle system, such as
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, or Paper Mario. I thought about making it a real-time action-RPG instead, but I felt like that would be a cop-out from the unique challenges that turn-based combat presents from a design perspective. Besides, I wanted to pay homage to old classics like Dragon Warrior and Mother 1.

I thought about how one would engage an enemy in real-life. There would be a lot of give and take, attack and defense. You wouldn’t just stand there and let someone stab you, and the neither would the enemy. I decided to try and toss in some code from SPUD to quickly get a platforming environment up and running during a turn-based battle, and it was like magic. It had all the hallmarks of a traditional turn-based battle scheme with a fun, refreshing way to engage enemies. I showed it to my friends again, and they agreed that it was an idea worth pursuing.

I think a lot of people find your take on the genre refreshing. You recently shared some clips of gameplay and it caught the attention of so many people. How did you feel about the initial response from the gaming community?

It’s been incredible. The exposure itself was amazing, but what really moved me were the vocal responses from all over the world. People have been sending me comments nonstop, and while it’s a lot to take in, it’s very motivating.

The combat system is obviously a huge draw to your game. Are there other mechanics or features you want players to get excited about that they may not have noticed yet?

Something I’m really excited to show later on is how the magic system works. Inspired by games like
Superstar Saga and the Legend of Zelda series, any spell or ability you learn has applications both on and off the battlefield. Players obtain most of these in dungeons, which are then used to solve puzzles, unlock new areas in the overworld, and find all sorts of secrets. In the context of a battle, some of these are passive, permanent upgrades, while others must be cast manually within their own unique minigame-like interfaces.

Overall, I am very much inspired by the
Devil May Cry series, traditional fighting games, and other favorites like Super Smash Bros. Melee. My design philosophy takes the “low skill floor, high skill ceiling” approach, so players dedicated to learning the ins-and-outs of the combat system will be greatly rewarded. If you’ve ever craved a turn-based RPG where you can wavedash, you might like OTHER.

I’m also very happy with the story and characters, and I think players will enjoy them very much.

I’m really curious since you mentioned it. Is there anything you’re willing to share regarding the story and characters of OTHER?

Of course!

Supernatural occurrences and manifestations have begun to pop up all over the great kingdom of Golden. While initially viewed as little more than nuisances, these spirits have become increasingly malevolent around the humble village of Chestertown, terrorizing it to a standstill. With Chestertown’s way of life utterly dismantled, the townsfolk are desperate for anything, or anyone, that could save them.

Gershom, a child working as a servant for the Duchess of Chestertown, is a quiet, gentle kid with a growing discontent for his way of life. After getting into trouble, he finds himself investigating the mystery of the spirits alongside a mysterious young man, who (despite barely having any magical power) insists on being referred to as a “wizard”. Realizing the town will pay any price for a solution to their troubles, he “befriends” Gershom and hatches his own scheme.

Players will investigate Chestertown and the surrounding countryside in an attempt to investigate and solve the supernatural threat. OTHER’s story is very character-driven, so expect lots of development and interactions.

I’m intrigued! Can you say how the title of the game ties into the story, or is that cutting too deep into spoiler territory?

The title “OTHER” is connected to the game in several ways. It ties into the spiritual themes, in which otherworldly, foreign beings act towards their own unknowable purposes. But it runs much deeper than that, and players will have to discover the true meaning behind the title on their own.

I’ve listened to some of the music for the game, and every track is incredible! Are you working on the soundtrack by yourself, or do you have other people helping you?

Thanks a lot Adam, I really appreciate that! It’s just me. I’ve been tinkering with music for the past ten years or so (I’m 22 now). The soundtrack in OTHER is inspired by the sounds of early game consoles and home computers, particularly the NES with extra FM channels (akin to Konami’s VRC7 mapper). It’s written in FL Studio with mostly free assets (various Genesis/Mega Drive samples for percussion, 3xOsc, Medusa 2, and Genny for those interested). I’ve always had a fondness for early audio hardware, and the soundtrack for OTHER is a great place to express my passion.

That’s incredible! I look forward to hearing more. What kind of theme or tone are you aiming for with the music in OTHER?

Well, my favorite game soundtracks/series tend to have music that’s either melody-driven and/or places a lot of emphasis on atmosphere. Shining Force, Castlevania Bloodlines, Cave Story, Mother 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Donkey Kong Country… the list of inspirations is too long. The gist is that I’m trying to get a nice balance of high energy and atmosphere to match the various intensities and emotions the game’s events call for. Sometimes the music invokes joy, other times sadness, or even pure rage. But overall, expect rousing tunes that make you want to explore a mysterious world and invoke a thirst for adventure.

So is there anybody else helping you in the creation of OTHER? I noticed you gave a few shoutouts to some people for the game’s visual design.

There are essentially four key people working on the project:

A very close and very old of friend of mine,
Evan Butler, is my producer/supervisor for this one. Sometimes I don’t do stuff, so he screams and throws blunt objects at me until I do said stuff. It’s a very rewarding relationship and this project would definitely not be possible without him. We worked together on a documentary about game collecting, localization, and the history of Mother 1 called “Mother to Earth”. It’s due out this winter, you should check it out. There’s a really cool interview we did with Keiichi Suzuki in it that you have to see to believe. And that definitely would not have been possible without Evan. He makes things happen.

My girlfriend
Kelly Kirsch is doing a lot of the character and enemy designs for the game. She’s in her senior year the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. She’s an exceptionally talented illustrator and animator, and she has been knocking it out of the proverbial park for this project. I am not biased at all.

There’s
Pik, a really swell guy who’s doing a lot of the pixel art for this game. Right now, the bulk of what he’s done is realize Kelly’s artwork into sprites. You guys are going to love how expressive the monster designs and dialog portraits are. He’s worked on other great projects in the past, such as Mother 4 and Project M. This guy is an absolute beast and I’m thrilled to have him on board.

Then there’s me. I do the programming, design, music, writing, and a bit of the art.

The other artists I mentioned on Twitter are DragonDePlatino and surt. They’ve uploaded some amazing environmental art and assets onto OpenGameArt which are being used in OTHER. They aren’t part of the game’s core staff, but I wanted to thank them regardless for their amazing contributions.

It sounds like you have a solid crew helping you out. I can’t wait to see the final product of what the four of you create together! You mentioned earlier that OTHER started as a prequel to another game you’re working on called SPUD. How strong is the connection between the two games? Will players be able to enjoy them as separate experiences, or should they check out both games to get the full experience?

SPUD takes place approximately twenty years after the events of OTHER, and features many of the same characters and locations. The connection between the two is very strong, and I definitely recommend playing both to get the full story, but they are still enjoyable and perfectly understandable on their own.

Unfortunately, SPUD is essentially on hold until OTHER is completed, since I realized I would need more money and time than I currently have to finish it accordance with my vision. Making games is my dream job, but sometimes you have pay the rent! Seeing as my next goal is to complete SPUD though, you’ll definitely be seeing more of it in the future.

SPUD is a game that seems to combine the best features of the Run and Gun genre. How different is it to work on a fast-paced game like SPUD compared to a turn-based RPG like OTHER?

Very different! SPUD is a much harder game to make than OTHER, for a few reasons.

One: an RPG battle system is basically a series of flags and checks, while SPUD’s combat is made up of a bunch of moving characters, projectiles, and enemy patterns on complex landscapes dealing with gravity and other factors. The way everything moves and interacts has to be carefully controlled in order for it to feel just right.

Two: SPUD’s in-game art direction is significantly more detailed than OTHER’s, with bigger sprites, more frames of animation, and more shading/detail on them. When you account for all the characters, enemies, and environments that require that extra attention to detail, the amount of time and costs involved rises exponentially.

Three: SPUD’s actual levels require a lot more work that OTHER’s overworld. From my experience, it’s a lot harder to make a fast-paced, intelligently designed platformer level that takes a large moveset into account than it is to make a
Zelda-style dungeon. It also ties back into the art issue: in order for the higher-fidelity art style to not feel empty and bland, you need lots of props and decorations for each level type.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely love working on SPUD. But it’s a whole different beast than OTHER that requires more time and effort to get just right, at least for me. One thing that is really great about working on SPUD though is that every time the gameplay starts to feel a bit old, it’s not too hard to come up with new concepts to freshen things up. The first time I implemented the game’s strafe-lock system, I got so excited that I didn’t do anything but work for a week.

It’s good to hear you’re at least having fun with it! On a similar note, what has been the most challenging thing so far when developing a game, whether it’s OTHER, SPUD, or one of your other projects?

It definitely was working on mobile support for
Super Coffee ‘n Donuts, a game I made recently that was published by Life Teen Inc. I had never made a mobile game prior to this, so I spent a decent chunk of time learning the various eccentricities of Android and iOS. While developing for Android turned out to be pretty easy, getting iOS stuff set up was a nightmare. It probably wouldn’t have been so bad had it not been for their deadline, since they wanted it ready for a Catholic youth ministry training convention. While total development time was around two months, I underestimated the amount of time that I would need during the final stretch and ended up working some serious crunch to get it done on time. It was totally my fault though, and taught me a valuable lesson about time management. I’m very happy with how the game came out regardless, and so was Life Teen.

I see you plan to launch a Kickstarter for OTHER at some point. What’s the best way to stay updated when that goes live?

I would recommend keeping tabs on the game’s
account on Twitter (@otherRPG), or my own account (@qpringle1). Both accounts will be posting concept art, gameplay footage, music and more, so if you’re interested in the game be sure to check them out!

Is there anything else you would like to say about either of your upcoming games?

I just want to thank everybody for their support and enthusiasm, it really means a lot. If any readers are further interested in what I work on, there’s links to my various social media outlets on my main website,
https://www.chimeralabs.io/. I’ll do my best to make OTHER a game worthy of your expectations!

I would like to thank Quincy for taking the time to talk to me about his upcoming projects. I’m greatly looking forward to both of these games. If you’re interested at all, make sure to keep an eye out for OTHER‘s Kickstarter when it goes live.

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Three Things Most RPGs Get Wrong

Turn-based RPGs can take up a huge chunk of your time. While most games in this genre tend to have long stories, the dungeons you explore and the battles you fight in between these plot points will make up most of your experience.

You’re likely to encounter hundreds, if not thousands, of random encounters throughout your playthrough, and this is where some of these RPGs get a ton of criticism. Some gamers will lose interest because it feels like you’re just doing the same thing over and over again when you go into battle. So what are these games doing to turn away so many players? There are just some things that most RPGs can’t get right at all.

Too Much Grinding

I’ll be completely honest here. I hate grinding. It’s the worst thing you can do to artificially make a game longer. For example, classic RPGs like Final Fantasy have a heavy focus on leveling up your characters, and that honestly turns a lot of players away from the genre.

There are better ways to create a difficult challenge for the player rather than just making an overpowered boss that requires your characters to be twenty levels more powerful than they are now. Persona 5 handles this issue incredibly well.

Whenever things get too difficult in Persona 5, the answer is hardly ever to go back and fight a bunch of monsters so you’re more powerful. Instead, the first thing you’ll likely do is look at the different Personas you’re carrying with you. Each one is unique and causes your character to resist certain attacks. Every Persona will also come equipped with different abilities that might be more effective against the enemy.

Leveling is almost never an issue with Persona 5, as the game makes you rethink your strategy rather than your numbers. A simple resistance to an element or lowering the enemy’s defense will go a long way in this series, and many other RPGs do the same. Leveling up should feel like a reward rather than a requirement. The victories on the battlefield should be obtained through good strategies, not through brute force. Other RPGs that make good use of this are Octopath Traveler and the Pokémon series.

Not Enough Dialogue Between Party Members

Some people just want to play RPGs so they can fight monsters with swords and magic. I understand that; I’m sometimes in the same group of players. However, there’s something very special about characters that cheer you on in battle. There aren’t many RPGs that do that regularly. 

Maybe I just like words of encouragement, but I feel pretty good when a party member says something like “Good job!” or “You really showed them!” It’s simple and kind of dumb, but it makes the journey feel that much more worth it. It makes you feel like a tightly knit family rather than a bunch of misfits or random travelers.

This is something Xenoblade Chronicles is good at. Your fellow party members support each other with words of encouragement throughout the battle. Other RPGs don’t get enough recognition for things like this. Undertale has a ton of moments where the characters cheer you on to reach the end and save the world.

However, Pokémon has gotten a lot of flack for making friendly characters lately. In the past, Blue served as the main rival for new trainers, always being one step ahead of them and taunting them throughout their journey. But now the series features more friendly characters that just want to see you grow up to be the best trainer you can become. Both types of characters serve as great motivators, but the Pokémon series already has villains that are trying to upset the status quo on a global scale. That’s already one evil force for the player to go up against, so a friendly motivator is needed to balance that out. The new friendly rivals in the series make a great addition, and I don’t think it would be a good idea to go back to the more antagonistic ones.

They’re Afraid to Break Away from Old Conventions

When I hear my friends say they quit an RPG, they’re always quick to blame the battle system for being too repetitive. This is a fair point, as there are a lot of things about turn-based combat that can get extremely boring. So it’s important to shake things up and stray away from old conventions to make each RPG fresh and unique.

Most turn-based games try to utilize a weakness system. This is a good step in the right direction, but the player needs to be rewarded for exploiting these weaknesses outside of doing just a little more damage.

Let’s take a look at the recent Persona games for example. Persona rewards its players for knocking down an enemy with an extra turn. This can be done by finding your opponents weakness or by landing a critical attack. After all the enemies are down, the game lets you perform an All-Out Attack, which causes the entire party to rush the enemies and hopefully finish them off.

Earthbound is another game that was praised for being weird and unconventional. None of the characters handle typical RPG gear like swords, axes, metal armor, or anything remotely close to it. Instead, the charming cartoon characters use baseball bats, frying pans, and other normal household items to face off against alien foes.

This is the kind of weirdness we need to keep the genre alive. While games like Octopath Traveler and Ni no Kuni are still successful with the medieval fantasy setting, we need to see more change and overall weirdness in the genre. Why aren’t there more RPGs that focus on a few neighborhood friends that are just exploring the forest or the mountains just on the outskirts of town?

There’s a reason why games like Earthbound and Undertale have such huge followings. Neither game was afraid to break away from conventions, and they both managed to pull it off in unique and interesting ways. We should be done with stories about four travelers that journey across the globe in search of the four ancient crystals.

Developers have a variety of ways to make their games more engaging than this. The possibilities are endless and only limited to the designers’ minds. A good RPG needs to focus less on grinding, more on supporting party members that relate to each other, and above all else, they need to be different and weird.

But these are just some of my opinions, and I would like to hear from you too! What makes up the dream RPG for you? Is there anything else you would suggest to make a great role-playing game? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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It’s the Final Round in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown! Mother 3 vs. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

After a long month and a half, it’s finally time to start the final round of our Ultimate RPG! A little while ago, we ran a short match-up for third place, which ultimately went to
Golden Sun. Now that we’ve settled third and fourth places, however, it’s time for the big showdown—the fight for first! Two amazing RPGs enter the arena, though only one will emerge victorious. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door is the best RPG in the Mario RPG series (as voted on by you). The same goes for Mother 3 and the Mother franchise, the exception being that Mother 3 was never officially released outside of Japan.

Mother 3

Of the three games in the
Mother franchise, only one has never been officially released outside of Japan, instead relying on ROMs and a well-received fan translation to be playable for the masses. So what is it about Mother 3 that has put it in the final round of our showdown? Is it the cute, colorful graphics? Is it the feeling of innocence that gets washed away by the darker undertones of death and loss? Whatever it is, Mother 3 has surely earned its place as one of the best RPGs ever created.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, despite its age, still manages to hold up as an excellent RPG for many—an accomplishment supported in no small part by the controversies surrounding the appeals of the titles that follow. Those arguments aside, this title represents the original intention of a Mario RPG with its quirky humor, focus on story, and unique combat system, breaking out of the restraints imposed upon Mario and co. in traditional platformers while still maintaining some core elements (e.g. Princess Peach is kidnapped, Bowser’s a jerk, etc.). I’d be remiss if I did not acknowledge the role nostalgia plays in my support for this title, but between the “paper” 2D graphics and the simplistic but fun combat, it does not suffer from a lack of graphical or gameplay parity like so many other RPGs that have fallen short in this competition. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has earned its place in this final round, and a vote for it is well-deserved.

Voting

To vote, simply use the poll included above. Since the stakes are at their highest, this round will last a whole week, giving you until
Tuesday, August 16th to make your voice heard! There’s no going back once the poll closes, so make sure to gather all the support you can for your favorite. Which game will be crowned Gamnesia’s “Ultimate RPG?” Be sure to check back soon to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

A reminder to readers and voters: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Better RPG: Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver or Golden Sun

The last match of Round 3 of our Ultimate RPG Showdown came to an end a few days ago, as
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door finally took out Golden Sun. It was a tense three days, but Paper Mario gathered 57% of the vote. This amounted to a total of 330 votes cast for Paper Mario—a mere 78 votes ahead of Golden Sun! As a result, Paper Mario is going to take on Mother 3 in our week-long final round!

Today, however, we take a moment to reflect on the combatants that have already fallen. While we aren’t doing a full loser’s bracket, we are going to pit
HeartGold & SoulSilver against Golden Sun to obtain a third-place finisher. Pokémon is a globally-loved RPG franchise, whose popularity has soared in recent weeks with the release of Pokémon GO. Golden Sun, on the other hand, is more narrowly known, though fans have gathered in droves to secure Golden Sun a surprising top four finish!

To vote, simply use the poll included above. We’re only going to run this loser’s match for a single day, so get your vote in quick! There’s no going back once the poll closes, so make sure to gather all the support you can for your favorite. Which game will earn a third-place finish? Be sure to check back soon to find out, and don’t forget to visit
the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

After this round, we’ll be holding the final round in our showdown, featuring between
Mother 3 and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

A reminder to readers and voters: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!

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Vote for the Best RPG Between Golden Sun and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The first match of Round 3 of our Ultimate RPG Showdown came to an end a short time ago, as the cult classic Mother 3 took out the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokémon. After three days of voting, the official count had Mother 3 with 67% of the vote compared to the 33% HeartGold & SoulSilver obtained. That works out to be 2 votes for Mother for every vote cast for Pokémon! What wild results!

Today marks the beginning of the end for Round 3, as Golden Sun and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door duke it out to earn a place in the finals. Both of these games almost got knocked out in Round 2 but managed to barely hang in to advance this far. Unfortunately for one of these great games, its time in the competition is almost over.

To vote, simply use the poll included above. Match-ups have been extended to three days, so you have through this Saturday, July 23rd to vote for your champ. There’s no going back once the poll closes, so make sure to gather all the support you can for your favorite. Which game will make it to the finals? Be sure to check back soon to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

After this round, we’ll be holding a one day match-up between Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver and the loser of this bout to determine third place.

A reminder to readers and voters: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Better RPG: Mother 3 vs. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Welcome to Round 3 of Gamnesia’s Ultimate RPG Showdown! Today officially marks the beginning of our semi-finals in this tournament, and we will change our rules slightly to accommodate for the raised stakes. As those of you have been following the tourney know (or as you might have guessed from the above image), our first match pits Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver against Mother 3. Unlike all our matches up to this point, both of our semi-finals bouts will last 3 days, so we have a bit more time to gather votes.

Whichever game wins today’s match will earn a spot in our finals in about a week, and a bit more time in the spotlight through a featured article and another week of competition. Moving over to the opposite side of the bracket, you’ll see that Golden Sun is pitted against Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Yesterday’s poll gave Paper Mario a solid victory, although it came down to a mere 1%(!) between it and The World Ends With You. A valiant fight, but a winner is you, Paper Mario. We’ll revisit these two in just a few days when it’s time to decide on our other finalist.

To vote, simply use the poll included above. Match-ups have been extended to three days, so you have through this Tuesday, July 19th to vote for your champ. There’s no going back once the poll closes, so make sure to gather all the support you can for your favorite. Which game will make it to the finals? Be sure to check back soon to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are: Golden Sun & Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

A reminder to readers and voters: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for Fallout, Tales, The World Ends With You, or Paper Mario in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Yesterday’s match, without a doubt, was one of the closest and most highly contested of this competition thus far. Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger each had an extended amount of time in the lead, but Golden Sun managed to come up from behind and clinch the win! The fan-favorite has earned its spot in Round 3, and today it’s time to vote for the game it’ll fight against for a spot in the finals.

Today’s match sees the conclusion of Round 2 with our final eclectic bracket, featuring RPGs from all walks of life. Fallout 3 give this group some Western vibes and serious themes to set the tone, while Tales of Symphonia moves our dial over to the Eastern side of things with its animation and story style. The World Ends With You proudly continues this representation of culture from across the pond with its trademark focus on Japanese style and art, and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door closes our bracket with yet another heavyweight Nintendo competitor.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which game will make it into the top 4? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

Tomorrow’s match will formally begin Round 3, along with some new rules for our tournament. We’ll explain these again in full tomorrow, but the quick and dirty of it is that you’ll have plenty more time to vote since the stakes are raised! See you here tomorrow for the beginning of the end of our first showdown!

The combatants for the next match-up are: Pokemon HeartGold & SouldSilver and Mother 3.

A reminder to readers and voters: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for Persona, Golden Sun, Final Fantasy, or Chrono Trigger in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

With the conclusion of yesterday’s bout, we’re now officially halfway through Round 2! Mother 3 took the match-up yesterday, ending up with slightly under half of the votes cast. With this victory, it will move on to face Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver for a shot at making it into the final two! Though this match-up is sure to make many of you excited, we still have two more fights to go before we get there. Without further ado, let’s look at today’s match!

Today’s match-up sees the return of what could easily be considered some of the best RPG franchises of all-time. Persona 4 Golden is one of the best RPGs on the PlayStation Vita (if not one of the best Vita games in general), while the same could be said about Golden Sun and the Game Boy Advance. Final Fantasy VI can be found near the top of many “Best Final Fantasy game” lists, and Chrono Trigger is often regarded as one of the best RPGs ever made across all systems. We’ve got some heavy-hitters in this round, and it’ll certainly be interesting to see which one eventually takes it!

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which game will make it into the top 4? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are: Fallout 3, Tales of Symphonia, The World Ends With You, and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

A reminder to readers and voters: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for Xenoblade Chronicles, Mother 3, Kingdom Hearts 2, or Skyrim in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Round 2 continues as we determine which of today’s four competitors has what it takes to go head-to-head with Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver in the semi-finals. The DS remakes won an easy victory yesterday, taking a comfortable lead with over 50% of the votes cast, but that’s no guarantee for a repeat in Round 3. Today’s competitors make up a wide variety or RPGs, so head inside and choose your champion carefully!

Today’s match-up sees the return of quite a few big names with the likes of the soon-to-be-remastered Skyrim going up against the never-to-be-released-in-the-West (ever) Mother 3. Kingdom Hearts 2 makes an appearance, thanks in no small part by its fans here who are likely eagerly awaiting its sequel, and Xenoblade Chronicles is really feeling it after over a week without competing.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which game has what it takes to face off against Pokémon in the next round? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are: Persona 4 Golden, Golden Sun, Final Fantasy VI, and Chrono Trigger.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for Pokémon, Ni No Kuni, Fire Emblem, or Diablo in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Yesterday was host to the final bout of Round 1 of our Ultimate RPG Showdown. Featuring a handful of Mario RPGs, it was ultimately Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door that came out on top, falling just shy of half of the votes cast. Today marks the beginning of Round 2 of our tournament, and much like the first round, we’ll be showcasing a single four-way match a day. The winner of these bouts will move onto the 1v1 matches of Round 3.

Today’s match-up pits Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver against Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and Diablo. If we look solely at the number of votes cast for each game in Round 1, it appears that Radiant Dawn has the edge here. That’s not taking into consideration what games it was going up against though, which can make all the difference at the end of the day. Each of the combatants has their own strengths and weaknesses, so make sure to look at the game as a whole before you cast your vote!

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which game has what it takes to advance into the 1v1 rounds? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are: Xenoblade Chronicles, Mother 3, Kingdom Hearts II, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best Mario RPG in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Skyrim and Chrono Trigger both earned relatively easy wins in their respective brackets, and they will be front and center in just a few days once we get into Round 2. Today’s focus is all about choosing the final game to join them, and it includes quite a few fan-favorites from those of you here at Gamnesia.

Nintendo has featured rather prominently throughout this tournament thus far, and our final Round 1 bracket is all about the Big N’s legendary icon: Mario (and friends). We have
Super Mario RPG: Legend of Seven Stars starting off our group with an entry created alongside Square (and recently featured on the Wii U eShop). Next up are two of the most beloved entries in the Paper Mario series: Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Finally, Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story rounds out this crew of titles with an entry from the humorous and quirky Mario & Luigi RPG series.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which
Mario game reigns supreme? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up, and the first match of
Round 2(!) are: Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and Diablo.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best SNES JRPG in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Our most recent showdown of dungeon-crawlers proved to be a bit slow, with Diablo picking up an easy win in a quieter bracket, but today should be a bit more interesting. We are finally reaching the end of Round 1 of our tournament, with the final match-up arriving tomorrow, so it’s time to determine the final entrants into our quarterfinals. The victor from today’s round will have test its mettle in just a few days against the likes of Persona 4 Golden, Golden Sun, and Final Fantasy VI—a difficult bracket any way you look at it—so make sure to choose your champion wisely.

As opposed to our two most recent matches, the group we’re looking at today hails from a retro era. Much like those same two matches, however, we see some big names entering the ring. First up is
Lufia II: a prequel to the first entry with a classic fantasy setting. Suidoken II follows closely with another fantastical setting, but incorporating some strategic elements to its gameplay. Secret of Mana 2 provides yet another sequel for this bracket, but adds an epic tale and some character choice variability. Finally, Chrono Trigger rounds out our SNES cohort, bringing some sci-fi elements into the fantasy mix, along with alternative story pathways.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which of these games can prove that retro is still relevant? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to
visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up (and the
final match of Round 1!) are: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Paper Mario, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best Open World RPG, Like Elder Scrolls and Dark Souls, in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Our match on Saturday was one of the least active bouts yet. Only 69 votes were cast! In light of this low participation,
Diablo came out on top, garnering 41% of the vote. With the conclusion of that round, we now know what the first bout of Round 2 will be! In fact, with only three fights remaining in Round 1 (and a total of 4 match-ups in Round 2), at this time next week we’ll be starting the more intense one-on-one bouts of Round 3!

Focusing on the present, however, we’re looking at a number of well known titles with a heavy emphasis on real-time action, rather than turn-based mechanics. The first game joins two of its brothers on the battlefield as
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind takes on The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These games are known for their expansive worlds and many quest lines, and they truly comprise one of the greatest Western RPG franchises ever created. Facing them in a battle to the death is the Japanese title Dark Souls II. While Dark Souls II may not be as popular as its brethren (which did not make it into our tournament, much to the disappointment of many), it is still known for its crushing difficulty and emphasis on learning from your mistakes.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which of today’s games will make it out alive? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to
visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

As you may have noticed, we again missed yesterday’s bracket match-up. This was due to some miscommunication on our end. In an effort to keep things on track, we’re running the
Chrono Trigger bout simultaneously with this one, so make sure you vote in that contest once it goes up later today!

The combatants for the next match-up are:
Lufia II, Suikoden II, Secret of Mana 2, and Chrono Trigger.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best Dungeon-Crawler-Type RPG in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown


Update: This poll originally had Diablo III instead of Diablo. This has been fixed. Please vote again if you already did!

Our match yesterday was one of our most one-sided, with
The World Ends With You dominating our strange bracket—a result this editor can’t say he’s upset about. We would be remiss, however, if we didn’t give Mega Man Battle Network 3 its due, since it did pull over a quarter of the votes submitted. We’ll see how Square Enix’s stylish DS title fares against Tales of Symphonia, Fallout 3, and a title from our final bracket soon, but up next: Dungeon-Crawler-Types!

Today, we’re looking at a few titles that ask players to venture out, whether it’s the unknown world or a dark dungeon, starting with a journey to kill the legendary Diablo itself:
Diablo. Baldur’s Gate 2 keeps the focus on adventures with a D&D inspired approach, and Terranigma tasks players with starting the world anew. Finally, Torchlight rounds it out with a more classic approach and randomized dungeons.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which of today’s games will make it out alive? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to
visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are:
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Dark Souls 2.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best Anime RPG in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

With the conclusion of yesterday’s fairly tight poll, we now have our flag-bearer for the
Final Fantasy franchise. With nearly 200 votes cast, the final call came down to a match between the last of the 2D entries and the series’ first foray into 3D, but ultimately Final Fantasy VI proved more popular. Perhaps Final Fantasy VII will have better luck with its remake. We’ll revisit FFVI in another week or so when it faces off against Golden Sun, Persona 4 Golden, and one more contender, to be announced. But for now, we have four more potential champions for you to consider in a slightly more diverse bracket.

Today’s competitors are a little more loosely aligned (tends to happen with a tournament this large!), but share a common stylistic theme despite very different gameplay styles. The first is
The World Ends With You: a cult-classic from Square Enix with a unique, dual-screen battle style on the DS, and whose characters featured in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance. Our second contender, Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, is another cult classic with a steampunk theme, anthropomorphic characters, and a save-the-world adventure (all typical fare). Mega Man Battle Network 3 follows up with one of our only GBA representatives and our only entry featuring the Blue Bomber, and Digimon World 3 rounds out this group with a PlayStation era Bandai Namco fan favorite – although gaming critics don’t remember it so kindly.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which anime representative won’t be the one left crying on prom night? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to
visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are:
Diablo, Baldur’s Gate 2, Terranigma, and Torchlight.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best Final Fantasy Game in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Yesterday’s match between four exceptional action RPGs came down to a fairly close race between
Kingdom Hearts 2 and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. When all was said and done, however, the PlayStation 2 classic managed to pull ahead with over 40% of the votes cast, leaving the recent 3DS release at a respectable 2nd place. Still, with Mother 3, Xenoblade Chronicles, and an Elder Scrolls or Dark Souls game coming up quickly as competition in the next round, it’s tough to say if Kingdom Hearts 2 will have much time to enjoy its victory.

Much like the
Pokémon and Fire Emblem brackets before it, today’s batch of competitors pits some of the best entries in a long-running series against one another to determine a single champion to represent the series going forward. Fittingly, we’ve arrived at a group that has been with the RPG genre ever since the beginning: Final Fantasy. Among our representatives is Final Fantasy IV: a medieval story following a knight and his comrades, and one of the earlier FF games to receive a sequel; Final Fantasy VI: the first game in the series with a female protagonist, and often featured at or near the top of “Best RPG” lists; Final Fantasy VII: a game which needs no introduction (and if you believe it does, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last couple decades); and Final Fantasy X: the PlayStation 2 title starring Tidus, cool aquatic sports, and this masterpiece of vocal work.

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which title will represent the series for the matches to come? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to
visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are:
The World Ends With You, Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, Mega Man Battle Network 3, and Digimon World 3.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best Action RPG in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

Yesterday’s fierce match-up between four of Fire Emblem‘s greatest was a close one, and it had a great turnout, with over 500 votes cast! With 178 votes, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn from the Wii era proved to be the ultimate winner and flag-bearer for the Fire Emblem franchise going forward. In just about a week, we’ll see how it fares against the likes of Pokémon and Ni no Kuni, but today we have another poll for you, and another champion to declare!

Turning our eyes to a more eclectic bracket, we can see that today’s games focus on putting players right into the action, no turn-based battles necessary. Two of them, Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2, come from the same Disney/Square Enix series that is still (after over a decade) waiting for an entry without a decimal point, but beloved nevertheless. Our third competitor, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, is less about story than any of the others in this group, but it makes up for it with a ton of action in its exciting battles against larger-than-life monsters, as the title might suggest. Phantasy Star Online rounds out our bracket with unique standing as a representative from SEGA—and from the Dreamcast at that!

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which one of these action titles will run circles around the others? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are: Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy X.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!


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Vote for the Best Fire Emblem Game in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

With the conclusion of both of yesterday’s rounds, our Ultimate RPG Tournament is right on schedule! When it comes to
handheld JPRGs, Golden Sun narrowly edged out Bravely Default by a mere 2%. The Tales bracket was a lot more one-sided, however, with Tales of Symphonia walking away with 59%. Golden Sun is advancing to face off against Persona 4 Golden in Round 2, while Tales of Symphonia will be squaring off against Fallout 3. Now that each Round 2 bracket is half full, it’s time to jump back to the Fire Emblem bracket and find our third Round 2 combatants.

Fire Emblem is a combination of the strategy/RPG genres and may very well be Intelligent Systems’ most well-known franchise. Though the franchise has been around since 1990, it wasn’t released outside of Japan until 2003, after Nintendo included Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Fire Emblem has been noted for its permadeath feature (wherein once a unit dies, it remains dead for the rest of the campaign). We’ve got four representatives from the popular series duking it out today—Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Fire Emblem Awakening, and the most recent title, Fire Emblem Fates. Genealogy is the only one of these titles to never have been officially released in the West, so will it stand a chance against the more modern games? Only your votes will tell!

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which of these
Fire Emblem titles can avoid permadeath? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up are:
Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and Phantasy Star Online.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!

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Cast Your Vote for Your Favorite Tales Game in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

The
last round of our Ultimate RPG Tournament took a look the beloved Mother franchise, plus Undertale, a recent hit that drew inspiration from an EarthBound Halloween hack. It was actually a fairly heated match, both in polls and in the comments, with the exception of EarthBound Beginnings which only gathering 3% of the votes! Though Undertale took the internet by storm just a year or so ago, it didn’t quite hold up now, as Mother 3 advances to Round 2.

For this round, we’re looking at another well-known RPG franchise, this time from Bandai Namco. Spanning a total of 15 games in the main series (with a 16th coming to Japan next month), the
Tales franchise is well-known for its anime-inspired style. Though the Tales franchise is a heavy-hitter in Japan, it’s been fairly niche in the West, though successes with Tales of Symphonia onward have helped boost its popularity. Tales of Symphonia is often considered to be one of the most popular games in the series—will it hold up to this standard against Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Phantasia, and Tales of the Abyss? Any of these games could take this round, but we won’t know which until you vote for a champion!

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which RPG will live on to tell its Tale? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to
visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

As you may have noticed, we missed yesterday’s bracket match-up. In an effort to keep things on track, we’re
running the Golden Sun bout simultaneously with this one, so make sure you vote for both!

The combatants for the next match-up are:
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Fire Emblem Awakening, and Fire Emblem Fates.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!

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Vote for the Best Handheld JRPG in Our Ultimate RPG Showdown

The last round of our Ultimate RPG Tournament was our most intense and…ahem…”heated” yet. After over 1000(!) votes cast, Mother 3 took home first place, with over a third of all votes. EarthBound also supported the Mother series’ win with a strong second place, followed closely by Undertale. EarthBound Beginnings all but disappeared among these heavy hitters, but it still managed to take home about 2% of the votes. Good for EarthBound Beginnings!

For this round, we’ll be focusing on a handful of JRPGs that help put an epic adventure into your pocket. We’ve got two representatives from the popular Golden Sun series, the recent and well-received Bravely Default, and a bit of a dark horse contender in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. Any one of these could move forward to continue the fight against Persona 4 Golden, so consider them carefully and voice your support!

To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which of these RPGs will handed the gold? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.

The combatants for the next match-up (going up later today) are: Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Phantasia, and Tales of the Abyss.

A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!

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