NES TOURNAMENT

This is it folks!! History in the making! What is the greatest NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) game of all time?? There are 512 games eligible that made the cut and there can only be ONE winner! I truly apologize if one of your favorite games isn't included, but cuts had to be made as there are an estimated 800 games total.

I first cut all games that were NOT officially licensed by Nintendo, which I will admit was a tough decision. I have been on the fence on this issue for a long time, but I finally decided if it wasn't licensed by Nintendo, then it really shouldn't be in the tournament (and I LOVED Micro Machines and my friend Bill LOVED R.B.I. Baseball!) In the future I'd like to at least review those games though.

I then cut all games with peripherals such as the zapper, R.O.B., Power Pad, etc.

I then cut most kiddie games or learning games such as the Sesame Street Series, etc.

Finally I cut the lowest rated of games in which I really couldn't find any fans of. So I highly doubt one of your favorites has been cut, but again, I do apologize if it has.

Now the biggest question is how did I come up with the seeding? I combined scores from Gamespot.com and gamefaqs.com (player ratings) and that's how I came up with the seeds. Tied scores went to the game with the most votes. So I assure you I was not biased at all when making the seedings. In fact I am disappointed because a few of my favorites go head to head in the first freakin' round!

Now, I am going to fill out my bracket exactly how I think it should be. With that said, I can almost guarantee you I will probably have a 16th seed upsetting a 1 seed and I know for a fact I see some #2 seeds going down in defeat to some #15 seeds. So I'll warn you right now seeds mean nothing at all when I am judging the winner. In fact, I'm willing to bet a lot of us haven't played some of these #1 seeds, so it should be very interesting to see if they really can live up to that seed (some had super high ratings, but very few votes casted) Please don't take the seedings too serious and don't attack me as to why your favorite game received a #14 seed or why a game you think sucked or never even heard of received a #1 seed. The seeds mean NOTHING. All it was is to set up the tournament and make sure we didn't have a first round match-up of say Super Mario Bros. vs Legend of Zelda (which if done randomly could have happened). I think this was by far the fairest way to conduct the tournament.

Now, I don't know if anybody will even be interested in following this, but I am excited to fill out the brackets. Obviously nostalgia plays a big role when filling out the bracket and since there are many games I never got a chance to play, even I am interested to see some that slipped past my radar that may surprise the heck out of me. (Crystalis maybe?)

I would love to see others opinions! Feel free to send me your winners (sneedreds@hotmail.com) All I BEG of anybody who wants to participate is to PLEASE play the games! Now obviously nobody is going to play all 512 games except me because I have no life :) But if you want to input votes that count, just please make sure you play BOTH games so it's fair. Don't just go down the list and pick out your favorites and say they advance to the next round even though you've never played the other game in your life. That's not fair. That would make this just a popularity contest and a lot of AWESOME games in this tournament have never been played, so lets give them a chance! I know right now off the top of my head at least one game that is seeded very low because nobody has ever played it, and I will most likely have it going EXTREMELY far (helps it's in a weaker bracket too). A lot of people will be shocked to see it go so far, but it is one of the best games nobody has ever played. And most of you may be thinking of some sleepers right now I am probably talking about, but I would be anybody you have NO IDEA what game I am talking about, because I can almost promise you that you've never played this game. This game has ZERO of a cult following either like some of those lesser known titles. (With that said, I believe the game does face a serious threat in the second round, so if it can get past that it'll be fine, but that will probably be the toughest decision of the tournament!)

So without further adieu, the tournament is officially underway!!!

The entire tournament bracket can be seen below. As the winners advance I will update the bracket.

As for how often I post results, that will just depend on how much time I have. Some weeks I may post a huge amount of results while others I will lag a bit so please have patience, as this is an epic undertaking that will take a LONG time to complete, but it will be well worth it. I worship Nintendo and I owe them so much over the years!
BRACKET 1


(1) Super Mario Bros. 3
(1) Super Mario Bros. 3
(16) Rollerblade Racer

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(8) Captain Skyhawk
(8) Captain Skyhawk
(9) Burai Fighter


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(5) Shatterhand
(5) Shatterhand
(12) Infiltrator

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(4) World Championship Wrestling
?
(13) Legend of Ghost Lion



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(6) Sky Shark
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(11) A Boy And His Blob

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(3) Kid Icarus
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(14) BreakThru


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(7) M.U.L.E.
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(10) The Last Starfighter

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(2) Battletoads
?
(15) Ring King

BRACKET 2


(1) Final Fantasy
(1) Final Fantasy
(16) Volleyball

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(8) Gargoyle's Quest II
?
(9) Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum


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(5) R.C. Pro-Am Racing
?
(12) Spy Hunter

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(4) Gremlins 2: The New Batch
?
(13) City Connection



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(6) The Goonies II
?
(11) Snake's Revenge: Metal Gear II

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(3) Deja Vu
(3) Deja Vu
(14) The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt


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(7) Wizards & Warriors III
?
(10) Palamedes

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(2) Tetris (Nintendo)
(2) Tetris
(15) Wall Street Kid

BRACKET 3


(1) The Guardian Legend
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(16) Pro Sport Hockey

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(8) Karnov
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(9) Millipede


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(5) Nightshade
(5) Nightshade
(12) Monster Truck Rally

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(4) Bucky O'Hare
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(13) Widget



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(6) Bandit Kings of Ancient China
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(11) Darkman

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(3) Battletoads & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team
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(14) Yoshi's Cookie


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(7) Werewolf: The Last Warrior
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(10) Lemmings

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(2) Blaster Master
?
(15) Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball

BRACKET 4


(1) Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball
(1) Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball
(16) Chubby Cherub

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(8) Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight
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(9) Thundercade


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(5) King's Quest V
?
(12) Shingen the Ruler

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(4) Solomon's Key
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(13) Rampage



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(6) Spot
?
(11) Rock 'n Ball

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(3) Rad Racer II
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(14) Magic Darts


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(7) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance
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(10) Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stone

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(2) Ninja Gaiden
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(15) The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants

BRACKET 5


(1) Dragon Warrior IV
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(16) WWF Wrestlemania: Steel Cage Challenge

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(8) Code Name: Viper
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(9) Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off-Road


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(5) Uninvited
?
(12) Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing

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(4) Vice: Project Doom
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(13) Star Force



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(6) Star Soldier
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(11) Burgertime

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(3) Duck Tales
(3) Duck Tales
(14) The Incredible Crash Dummies


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(7) Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
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(10) Dungeon Magic

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(2) Super Dodge Ball
?
(15) Roundball: 2 on 2 Challenge

BRACKET 6


(1) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
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(16) Harlem Globetrotters

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(8) Mystery Quest
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(9) Abadox


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(5) Gradius
?
(12) Captain America and the Avengers

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(4) Puzznic
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(13) Astyanax



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(6) Archon
?
(11) Ghosts 'N Goblins

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(3) Ice Hockey
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(14) Spy vs. Spy


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(7) Family Feud
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(10) Tecmo NBA Basketball

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(2) Mendel Palace
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(15) 720

BRACKET 7


(1) Crystalis
(1) Crystalis
(16) Bases Loaded IV

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(8) Track & Field
?
(9) Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode


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(5) Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers
?
(12) Arkista's Ring

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(4) 1943
?
(13) Golf



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(6) The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
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(11) The Chessmaster

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(3) The Flintstones
?
(14) Bad Dudes


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(7) Rad Racer
?
(10) Joust

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(2) Snow Brothers
?
(15) Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge

BRACKET 8


(1) Little Samson
(1) Little Samson
(16) Bigfoot

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(8) Tecmo World Wrestling
?
(9) The Legacy of the Wizard


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(5) Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
?
(12) Flight of the Intruder

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(4) Strider
?
(13) Metal Mech



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(6) Wizardry II: Knight of Diamonds
?
(11) Town & Country Surf Designs

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(3) Zanac
?
(14) Ultima: Exodus


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(7) Cowboy Kid
?
(10) Bases Loaded II: Second Season

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(2) Nobunaga's Ambition II
(2) Nobunaga's Ambition II
(15) Soccer

BRACKET 9


(1) Isolated Warrior
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(16) Star Voyager

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(8) Defender II
?
(9) Mario Bros.


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(5) Kid Klown in Night Mayor World
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(12) Jeopardy! 25th Silver Anniversary Edition

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(4) Desert Commander
?
(13) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonstrike



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(6) IronSword: Wizards and Warriors II
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(11) P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

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(3) Thunder & Lightning
?
(14) WWF King of the Ring


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(7) Kiwi Kraze
?
(10) Phantom Fighter

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(2) Galaga
?
(15) Baseball

BRACKET 10


(1) Kick Master
?
(16) Power Punch II

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(8) Donkey Kong
?
(9) M.C. Kids


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(5) Vegas Dream
?
(12) Star Trek: The Next Generation

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(4) Gemfire
?
(13) California Games



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(6) Wrecking Crew
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(11) Joe & Mac

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(3) Rockin' Kats
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(14) Championship Pool


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(7) Star Wars
?
(10) Track & Field II

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(2) The Lone Ranger
?
(15) Rollergames

BRACKET 11


(1) S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
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(16) Break Time: The National Pool Tour

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(8) Adventure Island
?
(9) The Empire Strikes Back


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(5) Rygar
?
(12) Bram Stoker's Dracula

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(4) Excitebike
?
(13) A Nightmare on Elm Street



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(6) Toki
?
(11) Panic Restaurant

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(3) Galaxy 5000
?
(14) Section Z


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(7) Pinball
?
(10) Gauntlet II

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(2) Fire 'N Ice
?
(15) Fester's Quest

BRACKET 12


(1) Formula 1: Built to Win
?
(16) The Untouchables

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(8) Low G-Man
?
(9) Clu Clu Land


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(5) Super Spike V'Ball
?
(12) Super Cars

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(4) Solstice
?
(13) Robowarrior



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(6) Marble Madness
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(11) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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(3) Dragon Spirit: The New Legend
?
(14) Kung Fu Heroes


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(7) Faria: A World of Mystery & Danger
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(10) Mappyland

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(2) Pirates!
?
(15) KlashBall

BRACKET 13


(1) Maniac Mansion
(1) Maniac Mansion
(16) Back to the Future

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(8) Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers 2
?
(9) Demon Sword


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(5) Heavy Barrel
?
(12) Mission: Impossible

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(4) Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland
?
(13) Krusty's Funhouse



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(6) The Adventures of Lolo II
?
(11) NES Play Action Football

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(3) Blades of Steel
?
(14) Mechanized Attack


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(7) Dragon Warrior II
?
(10) Jack Nicklaus' Major Championship Golf

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(2) Gun Nac
?
(15) Friday the 13th

BRACKET 14


(1) Mega Man 3
(1) Mega Man 3
(16) 10-Yard Fight

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(8) Zen: Intergalactic Ninja
?
(9) Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour


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(5) Mega Man 4
?
(12) Major League Baseball

?
(4) The Adventures of Lolo
?
(13) The Last Ninja



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(6) Kid Niki
?
(11) Greg Norman's Golf Power

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(3) Conquest of the Crystal Palace
?
(14) The Addams Family


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(7) Power Blade
?
(10) Power Blade 2

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(2) Flying Warriors
?
(15) Terra Cresta

BRACKET 15


(1) Kirby's Adventure
?
(16) Tag Team Wrestling

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(8) Tecmo World Cup Soccer
?
(9) Tombs & Treasure


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(5) World Games
?
(12) Battleship

?
(4) Dragon Fighter
?
(13) Jordan vs. Bird: One-on-One



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(6) Gyruss
?
(11) Anticipation

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(3) Journey to Silius
?
(14) Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular


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(7) Mighty Final Fight
?
(10) All Pro Basketball

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(2) Dig Dug II
?
(15) Stanley and the Search for Dr. Livingston

BRACKET 16


(1) Contra
(1) Contra
<(16) The Adventures of Gilligan's Island

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(8) Double Dare
?
(9) The Adventures of Rad Gravity


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(5) Conflict
?
(12) Lunar Pool

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(4) Bad News Baseball
?
(13) Popeye



?
(6) Monopoly
?
(11) Magician

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(3) Dr. Mario
?
(14) Puss 'N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure


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(7) Renegade
?
(10) Operation Wolf

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(2) The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper
?
(15) Twin Eagle

BRACKET 17


(1) Tecmo Super Bowl
(1) Tecmo Super Bowl
(16) Home Alone

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(8) Golf Grand Slam
?
(9) Seicross


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(5) Space Shuttle Project
?
(12) Ninja Kid

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(4) Little Nemo: The Dream Master
?
(13) Q*Bert



?
(6) Cobra Triangle
?
(11) Yo! Noid

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(3) Clash at Demonhead
?
(14) The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World


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(7) Slalom
?
(10) Legends of the Diamond

?
(2) Pinbot
?
(15) Hatris

BRACKET 18


(1) Danny Sullivan's Indy Heat
?
(16) Toxic Crusaders

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(8) Stinger
?
(9) Digger T. Rock: Legend of the Lost City


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(5) Starship Hector
?
(12) Mach Rider

?
(4) Little League Baseball: Championship Series
(4) Little League Baseball: Championship Series
(13) Mickey Mousecapades



?
(6) Batman: Return of the Joker
?
(11) Thunderbirds

?
(3) Mega Man
(3) Mega Man
(14) Eliminator Boat Duel


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(7) Ms. Pac-Man (Namco)
?
(10) Contra Force

?
(2) Nintendo World Cup Soccer
?
(15) Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters

BRACKET 19


(1) Baseball Stars
(1) Baseball Stars
(16) Kid Kool

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(8) Top Gun: The Second Mission
?
(9) Rescue: The Embassy Mission


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(5) Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
?
(12) Batman Returns

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(4) Blue Marlin
?
(13) Casino Kid 2



?
(6) Darkwing Duck
?
(11) The Punisher

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(3) Mega Man 5
?
(14) Time Lord


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(7) Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warship
?
(10) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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(2) Bomberman II
?
(15) Bard's Tale

BRACKET 20


(1) LoopZ
?
(16) Orb-3D

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(8) Batman
?
(9) Frankenstein: The Monster Returns


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(5) Day Dreamin' Davey
?
(12) The Three Stooges

?
(4) Gunsmoke
?
(13) G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor



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(6) Star Trek
(11) Gold Medal Challenge '92
(11) Gold Medal Challenge '92

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(3) Boulder Dash
?
(14) Adventures in the Magic Kingdom


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(7) Baseball Stars II
?
(10) Circus Caper

?
(2) Metroid
(2) Metroid
(15) Ski Or Die

BRACKET 21


(1) River City Ransom
(1) River City Ransom
(16) Ultimate Basketball

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(8) Ninja Crusaders
?
(9) Lode Runner


?
(5) Double Dribble
?
(12) Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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(4) Castlevania
(4) Castlevania
(13) Dick Tracy



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(6) Caesar's Palace
?
(11) Whomp 'Em

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(3) Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge
?
(14) The Legend of Kage


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(7) Base Wars - Cyber Stadium Series
?
(10) Ice Climber

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(2) Metal Storm
?
(15) Rally Bike

BRACKET 22


(1) Mega Man 2
(1) Mega Man 2
(16) WrestleMania

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(8) Felix the Cat
?
(9) Godzilla


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(5) Willow
?
(12) Donkey Kong 3

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(4) Bubble Bobble: Part 2
?
(13) Elevator Action



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(6) Shadowgate
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(11) 1942

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(3) Destiny of an Emperor
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(14) Cobra Command


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(7) Qix
?
(10) Bill Elliot's Nascar Challenge

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(2) Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II
?
(15) Fun House

BRACKET 23


(1) Race America
?
(16) Evert & Lendl Top Player's Tennis

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(8) North and South
?
(9) Paperboy


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(5) Double Dragon
?
(12) Super Pitfall

?
(4) The Adventures of Lolo III
?
(13) Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll



?
(6) Gyromite
?
(11) Rampart

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(3) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game
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(14) Spelunker


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(7) Classic Concentration
?
(10) Kabuki: Quantum Fighter

?
(2) Jackal
?
(15) Tiger-Heli

BRACKET 24


(1) Magic of Scheherazade
?
(16) Karate Kid

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(8) Pro Wrestling
?
(9) 3-D Worldrunner


?
(5) Pinball Quest
?
(12) Hollywood Squares

?
(4) Metal Gear
?
(13) Times of Lore



?
(6) Duck Tales II
?
(11) Monster Party

?
(3) Wheel of Fortune: Featuring Vanna White
?
(14) Goal!


?
(7) Mega Man 6
?
(10) The Little Mermaid

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(2) Guerilla War
?
(15) Tecmo Baseball

BRACKET 25


(1) Super Mario Bros.
(1) Super Mario Bros.
(16) Superman

?
(8) Trojan
?
(9) Commando


?
(5) Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
?
(12) Kung Fu

?
(4) Adventure Island II
?
(13) Wacky Races



?
(6) Donkey Kong Jr.
?
(11) Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf

?
(3) Pac-Man (Namco)
?
(14) Xevious


?
(7) F-15 Strike Eagle
?
(10) Wrath of the Black Manta

?
(2) Bubble Bobble
(15) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

BRACKET 26


(1) Romance of the Three Kingdoms II
?
(16) Wheel of Fortune

?
(8) Adventure Island III
?
(9) Air Fortress


?
(5) Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu
?
(12) Racket Attack

?
(4) Faxanadu
?
(13) Laser Invasion



?
(6) Super Spy Hunter
?
(11) Die Hard

?
(3) R.C. Pro-Am II
?
(14) Alfred Chicken


?
(7) World Champ
?
(10) Kings of the Beach

?
(2) L'Empereur
?
(15) Paperboy 2

BRACKET 27


(1) The Legend of Zelda
(1) The Legend of Zelda
(16) Win, Lose or Draw

?
(8) Pipe Dream
?
(9) WWF Wrestlemania Challenge


?
(5) G.I. Joe
?
(12) Tennis

?
(4) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
?
(13) The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout



?
(6) RoadBlasters
?
(11) Twin Cobra

?
(3) Double Dragon II: The Revenge
?
(14) Prince of Persia


?
(7) Smash T.V.
?
(10) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

?
(2) Ultima: Quest of the Avatar
?
(15) Image Fight

BRACKET 28


(1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
?
(16) Othello

?
(8) Bonk's Adventure
?
(9) Tetris 2


?
(5) Balloon Fight
?
(12) Tom & Jerry

?
(4) Rainbow Islands
?
(13) Tale Spin



?
(6) Snake Rattle 'n Roll
?
(11) Bomberman

?
(3) Wario's Woods
?
(14) Championship Bowling


?
(7) Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth
?
(10) The Immortal

?
(2) Romance of the Three Kingdoms
?
(15) Pictionary

BRACKET 29


(1) Dragon Warrior III
?
(16) Casino Kid

?
(8) Legendary Wings
?
(9) Swords and Serpents


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(5) Monster in My Pocket
?
(12) NARC

?
(4) Cabal
?
(13) Treasure Master



?
(6) Dragon Warrior
?
(11) The Mafat Conspiracy: Golgo 13 II

?
(3) Life Force
?
(14) Defender of the Crown


?
(7) Bump 'n' Jump
?
(10) Arch Rivals: A Basket Brawl!

?
(2) StarTropics
?
(15) Ghoul School

BRACKET 30


(1) Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
?
(16) Heavy Shreddin'

?
(8) Wizards & Warriors
?
(9) Town & Country II: Thrilla's Surfari


?
(5) Little Ninja Brothers
?
(12) Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

?
(4) NES Open Tournament Golf
?
(13) Tiny Toon Adventures



?
(6) James Bond Jr.
?
(11) Sky Kid

?
(3) Xexyz
?
(14) American Gladiators


?
(7) Trog
?
(10) Goal! Two

?
(2) Punch-Out!! (Mike Tyson and Mr. Dream versions)
?
(15) Bases Loaded III

BRACKET 31


(1) Nobunaga's Ambition
?
(16) Hook

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(8) Arkanoid
?
(9) Target: Renegade


?
(5) Uncharted Waters
?
(12) High Speed

?
(4) Baseball Simulator 1.000
?
(13) George Foreman's KO Boxing



?
(6) The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle
?
(11) Rush 'n Attack

?
(3) Tecmo Bowl
?
(14) Milon's Secret Castle


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(7) Genghis Khan
?
(10) The Krion Conquest

?
(2) Super Mario Bros. 2
(2) Super Mario Bros. 2
(15) Hoops

BRACKET 32


(1) Shadow of the Ninja
?
(16) Magic Johnson's Fast Break

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(8) Iron Tank
?
(9) Silkworm


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(5) Super C
?
(12) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters

?
(4) Side Pocket
?
(13) Skate Or Die 2



?
(6) Bases Loaded
?
(11) Yoshi

?
(3) The Battle of Olympus
?
(14) Remote Control


?
(7) Kickle Cubicle
?
(10) Skate Or Die

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(2) Bionic Commando
?
(15) Black Bass