Good versus Evil. Black versus White. Friend versus Friend. Us versus Them.

The users of GameFAQs have nominated 64 of the best video game rivalries of all time, and it's time to let them battle it out. Starting November 2nd, the 64-rivalry-winner-take-all tournament will begin. Using the Poll of the Day to decide, the most popular rivalry will be crowned as the Greatest Video Game Rivalry of All Time.

For each poll, two rivalries will battle it out, and the winner will move on. For the first round of 32, there will be two battles per day - one from 9:00PM to 9:00AM Pacific Time, the second from 9:00AM to 9:00PM, with the remaining rounds being full 24-hour votes.

Your mission is simple: Choose which rivalry will survive each battle. Fill out your best guess at how each battle will turn out, and win a prize. Don't forget: This is not a contest to see which characters are your favorite, or even which ones are critically the best. It's all a big popularity contest, and visitors who have never visited GameFAQs before will be sure to stop in and vote.

Once again, there are two challenges, and you can enter both at once: the traditional bracket challenge and the battle challenge.

The brackets have been seeded based on two sources: The top 48 rivalries were seeded based solely on the number of nominations received. The final 16 were voted in by users on the Poll of the Day. Bear in mind that nominations do not always mean vote popularity, so take that into account when filling out your bracket.

Remember: This is a popularity contest, and nothing more. While we do make every effort to stop individuals from voting numerous times without restricting anyone from voting that wants to legitimately, outside forces can and will attempt to push the vote for their favorite. As in the past, we reserve the right intervene in the daily tally when there is a clear evidence of mass voting fraud, and we will also take action against any users (especially contest entrants) who attempt to vote multiple times. Take all of the above into the account when filling out your picks!

Bracket Challenge

This is the traditional contest: For each of the 63 battles, pick the rivalry that will move on from each day's poll by getting the most votes. For the first round of 32 polls, picking each correct rivalry will score one point. For each successive round, picking the winners will earn double the points of the round before (Round 2: 2 points, Division Final: 4 points, Quarter-Finals: 8 points, Semi-final: 16 points, Final: 32 points). The sum of all points earned is your final score.

A valid GameFAQs account is required to enter the challenge, and in order to be eligible for the prizes, you must provide your real name and address. Once you fill out your bracket initially, you can make as many changes as you like, but you can only enter for prizes once per household or Internet connection, so if you share board accounts with others, make sure only one of you enters a prizes-eligible bracket in each challenge. Due to legal restrictions, only residents of the US and Canada may enter the contest for prizes, but anyone with an account may enter a bracket (or more than one) for fun and bragging rights. You may enter as many times with a "Fun Entry" as you like, but only one "Contest Entry" per challenge will be permitted.

Battle Challenge

For each of the 63 battles, you have up until each battle begins to pick a winner. Each correct pick gets you 100 points, and each successive correct pick increases a bonus multiplier by one (1st correct: 100 points, 2nd correct: 200 points, 3rd correct: 300 points...). But, those points you earn are at risk until you skip a battle and "bank" them, which also resets the bonus multiplier. Pick incorrectly, and you lose all of the points you haven't yet banked. The longer your streak, the more points you can earn, but you could lose it all on a bad pick. For example:

BattlePickAt RiskBanked
1Correct: 100 points1000
2Correct: 200 points3000
3Correct: 300 points6000
4No pick: Bank0600
5Correct: 100 points100600
6Correct: 200 points300600
7Incorrect0600
8Correct: 100 points100600
9Correct: 200 points300600
10No pick: Bank0900


New For This Contest: The Final Battle Challenge. After the 62nd battle (the second semifinal), all points will be banked, and there will be a 24-hour gap before the final battle. During that day, you can make your pick for the final battle, and wager any amount from 0 up to the total number of points you have earned in the contest so far on the outcome of the final battle. Pick correctly, and you might double your score - pick incorrectly, and you could lose it all.

A valid GameFAQs account is required to enter the challenge, and in order to be eligible for the prizes, you must provide your real name and address. Once you fill out the contest entry form initially, you'll need to come back and make your picks for each battle as the tournament progresses. Remenber, you can only enter for prizes once per household or Internet connection, so if you share board accounts with others, make sure only one of you enters a prizes-eligible entry in each challenge. Due to legal restrictions, only residents of the US and Canada may enter the contest for prizes, but anyone with an account may enter the challenge for fun and bragging rights. You may enter as many times with a "Fun Entry" as you like, but only one "Contest Entry" per challenge will be permitted.

Contest Prizes

Each contest has its own set of identical prizes:
  • Grand Prize: A $250 online store gift certificate
  • Second Prize: A $150 online store gift certificate
  • Third Prize: A $100 online store gift certificate
  • Fourth-Tenth Prizes: A $20 voucher for GameSpot GameMarket
  • Eleventh-Twentieth Prizes: A $10 voucher for GameSpot GameMarket

Karma Bonus

For users outside of the United States and Canada or who are otherwise not eligible to enter the official contest, you can now enter your bracket or battle picks as a "Karma Entry". This is an unofficial bonus challenge with no monetary prizes awarded. Only one entry is allowed per household or Internet connection, and you may not enter both the Contest Entry and a Karma Entry on separate accounts (if you do, the Contest Entry will be accepted, but the Karma Entry will be treated as a Fun Entry, not eligible for any reward). For the Karma Entries, the prizes will be additional Karma added to the message board account associated with your entry account.

  • Grand Prize: 150 Karma + a private message board
  • Second Prize: 100 Karma + a private message board
  • Third Prize: 75 Karma
  • Fourth Prize: 50 Karma
  • Fifth-Tenth Prize: 25 Karma
In addition, every entry (Contest, Karma, or Fun) that beats SBAllen's score in each contest will earn 10 Karma.

Final Bracket

Round 1Round 2Division Final
North Division
Mario vs. Bowser
Jim vs. Queen Slug-for-a-Butt
Mario vs. Bowser
Ike vs. Black Knight
Mario vs. Bowser
Sonic vs. Dr. Robotnik
Conker vs. Great Mighty Poo
Ike vs. Black Knight
Kirby vs. Meta Knight
Jill Valentine vs. Nemesis
Kirby vs. Meta Knight
Sonic vs. Dr. Robotnik
Sonic vs. Dr. Robotnik
Katherine vs. Catherine
Northeast Division
X vs. Zero
Captain Falcon vs. Shadow
X vs. Zero
Bartz vs. Gilgamesh
X vs. Zero
Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion
Guybrush vs. LeChuck
Bartz vs. Gilgamesh
Donkey Kong vs. King K. Rool
Ezio vs. Rodrigo
Donkey Kong vs. King K. Rool
Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion
Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion
Leon vs. Ada Wong
East Division
Pokemon Trainer Red vs. Blue
Raynor vs. Kerrigan
Pokemon Trainer Red vs. Blue
Luigi vs. Waluigi
Pokemon Trainer Red vs. Blue
Ryu vs. Ken
Luigi vs. Waluigi
Cecil vs. Golbez
Ryu vs. Ken
Ratchet vs. Dr. Nefarious
Ryu vs. Ken
Fox McCloud vs. Wolf O'Donnell
Fox McCloud vs. Wolf O'Donnell
Yuna vs. Seymour
Southeast Division
Samus vs. Ridley
The Kid vs. The Guy
Samus vs. Ridley
Terra vs. Kefka
Samus vs. Ridley
Big Boss vs. The Boss
Terra vs. Kefka
Vyse vs. Galcian
Chris Redfield vs. Wesker
Dan vs. Sagat
Chris Redfield vs. Wesker
Big Boss vs. The Boss
Tidus vs. Jecht
Big Boss vs. The Boss
South Division
Link vs. Ganondorf
Arthas vs. Illidan
Link vs. Ganondorf
Amaterasu vs. Orochi
Link vs. Ganondorf
Mega Man vs. Dr. Wily
Amaterasu vs. Orochi
Tom Nook vs. Crazy Redd
Zidane vs. Kuja
Meat Boy vs. Dr. Fetus
Zidane vs. Kuja
Mega Man vs. Dr. Wily
Mega Man vs. Dr. Wily
Banjo vs. Gruntilda
Southwest Division
Phoenix Wright vs. Edgeworth
Gordon Freeman vs. Dr. Breen
Phoenix Wright vs. Edgeworth
Alucard vs. Dracula
Alucard vs. Dracula
Frog vs. Magus
Alucard vs. Dracula
Shepard vs. Saren
Chell vs. GLaDOS
Ness vs. Giygas
Chell vs. GLaDOS
Frog vs. Magus
Frog vs. Magus
Raiden vs. Vamp
West Division
Cloud vs. Sephiroth
Lloyd vs. Kratos
Cloud vs. Sephiroth
Kratos vs. Zeus
Cloud vs. Sephiroth
Solid Snake vs. Liquid Snake
Kratos vs. Zeus
Layton vs. Don Paolo
Crash vs. Neo Cortex
Pac-Man vs. Blinky
Pac-Man vs. Blinky
Solid Snake vs. Liquid Snake
Solid Snake vs. Liquid Snake
Crono vs. Lavos
Northwest Division
Squall vs. Seifer
Laharl vs. Mid-Boss
Squall vs. Seifer
Siegfried vs. Nightmare
Squall vs. Seifer
Sora vs. Riku
Siegfried vs. Nightmare
Ramza vs. Delita
Dante vs. Vergil
Sol Badguy vs. Ky Kiske
Dante vs. Vergil
Sora vs. Riku
Sora vs. Riku
B.J. Blazkowicz vs. Adolf
QuarterfinalSemifinalFinal
Final Rounds
Mario vs. Bowser
X vs. Zero
Mario vs. Bowser
Pokemon Trainer Red vs. Blue
Mario vs. Bowser
Link vs. Ganondorf
Link vs. Ganondorf
Pokemon Trainer Red vs. Blue
Samus vs. Ridley
Link vs. Ganondorf
Alucard vs. Dracula
Link vs. Ganondorf
Cloud vs. Sephiroth
Cloud vs. Sephiroth
Squall vs. Seifer
View the Bracket Contest Stats or the Battle Contest Stats.