Samus Wins! Samus Wins! Console Carnage Tournament Recap

That’s all she wrote folks. And by she I mean, Samus Aran, because she’s officially the Console Carnage Tournament Champion.

I don’t want to brag how one of my heroes finished on top. I also don’t want to brag that this is the second consecutive year where my geek-writing partner in crime, Double D, won silver in our nerdy March Madness tournaments. I mean last year his Marvel boys lost to my DC juggernauts (no one beats the Batman) and now this year he loses AGAIN to a chick! How embarrassing, but again I don’t want to boast.

All in all, the tournament was a blast to bring you guys. We had a tremendous amount of fun writing up these columns and putting everything together for the fellow video game fans out there. Just like we did last year with our DC vs. Marvel Madness, we’re compiling a few token trophies for all the characters involved and the impact fan voting had.

I would like to thank all the readers out there who helped make this year’s tournament a success. Don’t forget to check out PBE’s recap on the tournament from his POV!

For now, let’s take a look back at what happened over the course of this competition.

Tournament Champion – (3) Samus Aran

Flicker Danny Choo

Photo credit Danny Choo via Flicker

She won the heroes bracket and consequently the tournament. It wasn’t easy she literally beat Sephiroth by a single vote. By far the closest match of Console Carnage and fittingly so it was saved for the final.

Runner-Up – (2) Sephiroth

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Photo credit Danny Choo via Flicker

No surprise the FFVII legend made it to the finals. Albeit, I’ll admit he was one of my picks to possibly win the whole thing. I’m a bit shocked he lost considering how popular he is among gamers, but I’m glad to see my Nintendo gal knock him off his pedestal.

**Editor Note: As a diehard FFVII fan, I had a blast writing up my comical callout on him for the last round of voting.**

 

Biggest Upset

Heroes Bracket – (16) Sub-Zero over (1) Link

I don’t think there’s any way not for me to call this the biggest upset of the tournament. We had fan-voted seeding and to see the consensus number one pick go down to a character who barely made the cut is unbelievable.

Villains Bracket – (4) Dr. Robotnik over (1) Bowser

The villains were dominated by favorites. This happened to be only one of two upsets on that side of the bracket and it was easily the most shocking. Bowser’s one of the most recognizable characters in the video game community. Yet in this battle between Sega and Nintendo, the huevo man won.

Fan Favorites

 (16) Sub-Zero

Can’t say enough about the Lin Keui assassin. He turned the bracket upside down and nearly made it all the way to the finals. Interestingly enough he made the final cut of 32 on a coin toss. Mentioned at the start of the tournament, we used total video game franchise sales as a tiebreaker for characters who yielded the same number of votes. Ironically, both Sub-Zero and Raiden were tied for the last seed. Being originals from the same franchise, the selection came down to a coin toss. The rest is Console Carnage history. Nonetheless, I would have never have predicted Sub-Zero’s run. His impact on this tournament highlights just how popular the Mortal Kombat franchise is. Who says fighting games don’t matter?

(4) Dr. Robotnik

Tough to pick a fan favorite from a bracket were the top seeds dominated. Yet, Dr. Eggman appeared to be the popular candidate of choice. He beat Bowser and took Sephiroth the distance. Considering Sonic was bounced out the first round on the heroes’ side, I’d fancy that some voters thought the mechanical menace was a video game version of the ‘2000s Hipster.’ We all know how powerful that hipster voting demographic can be. #feartheEggman

Surprise Stories

Heroes – The Mario Bros. falter

I should’ve seen this coming considering that Mario and Luigi only managed a 5-seed after the first round of fan voting. However, I still felt their name recognition would’ve got them a charity case into the semi-finals. Hats off to the Mass Effect fans who made sure Commander Shepard gave the siblings an early exit.

Villains – No underdog story

The villain’s bracket featured only two upsets: (11) Donkey Kong over (6) Pac-Man Ghosts & (4) Robotnik’s upset over (1) Bowser – that was it. I’m not sure if the seeding was that appropriate or the match-ups were that lopsided. Regardless, I’m still flabbergasted that the semifinals had all four top seeds remaining.

Tournament Dark Horse

  • (16) Sub-Zero – Need I say more?

Better Luck Next Year

  • Heroes – (1) Link –What more can I say. The face of the Legend of Zelda franchise couldn’t get out of the first round.
  • Villains – (16) Jack of Blades –One of the vilest villains ever to grace a console. Fable’s antagonist barely made the cut and suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of Bowser.

Tournament Snubs

  • Heroes – Kratos, Starkiller, Star Fox, Chrono, Captain Falcon, Crash Bandicoot, Marcus

If you would’ve told me we’d have a video game-inspired March Madness without the God of War or Playstation’s leading marsupial, I would’ve called you insane. Yet, neither Kratos or Crash Bandicoot made the final 32. Equally, surprising was the absence of Smash Bros. veterans, Captain Falcon and Star Fox.

  • Villains – M. Bison, Magus, Myrrah, Kefka

No Chrono and No Magus. The absence of Chrono Trigger love on either bracket was surprising. With Sub-Zero, Ryu, and Scorpion all making the cut I couldn’t believe Mr. Street Fighter himself, M. Bison was left on the bench. My roommate is still crying about the absence of Kefka. And while Kefka might be regarded as one of the greatest video game villains the truth is, a large portion of gamers didn’t play Japanese RPGs in the 90s (sorry FFVI fans, the truth hurts) and his lack of name recognition showed. Gears of War fell to the same fate as Chrono Trigger – neither pair of leading characters made it through.

Bad Breaks

  • Heroes – (9) Lara Croft, (12) Kirby, (15) Sonic

All three are franchise headliners and all three were one-and-done. Ms. Croft got outmatched by superior technology against Master Chief. Kirby couldn’t outlast his Nintendo forefathers, Mario & Luigi. And Sonic proved that not even his supersonic speed can outrun Mega Man’s Mega Buster.

  • Villains – (9) Nemesis, (10) Pyramid Head, (12) Harbinger

The horror genre’s lone two reps both fell victim to bad seeds. Resident Evil’s Nemesis couldn’t outgun the novelty of Handsome Jack. Silent Hill’s, Pyramid Head – easily the most intriguing match-up of the first round – fell short against Scorpion. Harbinger arguably fell victim to our tournament rules. All things consider all three of these characters deserved at least one victory.

Way To Represent Retro Gaming

The unsung theme of the tournament. We saw a character who made her debut in 1986 win the whole thing, but the alarming part is 15 of the final 32 contenders were created prior to 1995. As a Nintendo kid, I was happy to see my childhood favorites make a strong showing although I never thought they’d dominate this much.

 

Well that’s it folks. Once again I applaud you all for helping participate in Console Carnage. Now the question is, what tournament theme should we do next year?

We already covered comics. We knocked video games out of the way this year. What’s next? Got any ideas for next year’s geek-themed March Madness for us to cover let us know! We’d love to hear it!

 

Keep on nerdin’ on folks!

 

 

Featured Photo courtesy of Wizyakuza Art via deviantart.com

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Console Carnage Final: Bounty Hunter vs. Jenova Orphan

Three weeks ago we started with 64 characters now we’re down to our final two. Samus Aran, the winner of the Heroes’ Bracket versus the winner of the Villain’s side, Sephiroth, square off in our Console Carnage finale.

Samus battled back from a 60-point deficit over tournament spoiler, the 16-seeded Sub-Zero, officially blasting her way into the finale. Nintendo’s last hope looks to not only steal the Console Carnage title of ‘Greatest Video Game Character of All-Time’ but to also humiliate the villain’s champion by reminding him the good guys always win.

We got two finalists who were prepped for battle from the day they were born. Who’s going to win? The galaxy saving heroine? Or the Earth-destroying orphan? Hmm, legit hero who kills to save or crybaby orphan who attempts to destroy because he doesn’t know who his mommy and daddy are?

I think we both already know which direction your vote should be going. But just in case you need a little more push keep on reading to find out just why Samus will destroy the almighty Sephriroth.

**Remember all matches are staged in Pokemon Stadium. The matches are an enclosed battle where the winner is decided by KO. Each character is limited to a combination of five powers/weapons. Meaning if they have a gun and a sword, they can only have three more additional supernatural powers on top of that**

If you’d like to waste your time hearing the counter argument for Softiroth go check out WritingPBE’s defense of test-tube babies – not that it will matter much.

 

 Console Carnage Final

(3) Samus Aran vs (2) Sephiroth

Road to the Finals

  • Samus – wins over:
    • (14) Ash Ketchum with 64% of fan votes
    • (11) Ryu with 78% of votes
    • (7) Cloud Strife with 55% of fan votes
    • (16) Sub-Zero with 61% of fan votes
  • Sephiroth – wins over:
    • Nobody
    • Cares
    • Who this
    • Scrub beat

First Appearance

  • Samus – Metroid (1986) – Nintendo
  • Sephiroth– Final Fantasy VII (1997) – Playstation

Fast Fact

  • Samus – Samus stars in over a dozen games in the Metroid series. This doesn’t include her appearance in Super Smash Bros., where she was one of the original characters. She’s a Nintendo hallmark and a video game legend.
  • Sephiroth – Aside from fanboy art, FFVII spin-offs, and an appearance in Kingdom Hearts I guess we can see why the ex-SOLDIER 1st Class is so damn angry.

Powers/Weapons

Samus 

 All tournament long I’ve been raving about the Galactic Federation bounty hunter. Even without her super suit she’s got the smarts, the agility, and the marksmanship to dominate in this tournament. There’s no fluke the sci-fi legend won the Heroe’s side of the bracket. It definitely won’t be a fluke when she wins the whole thing either. Her natural abilities are greatly enhanced in her Varia Suit. I’m sure my counterpart will use the cliché it will take an army to beat Sephiroth – bad news for him – in the Varia Suit Samus is a one-woman army.

Varia Suit Arsenal

  • Power Beam – Her infamous hand-cannon. A semi-automatic gun that shoots out powerful energy projectiles. Samus can also charge up the cannon for one massively destructive power shot, capable of eradicating the biggest game.
  • Morph Ball – Yea, I know it is kind of weird to morph into a fortified ball. But you know what isn’t weird, dropping bombs on an unsuspecting foe while you’re transformed into a fortified ball.
  • Suit Visor – Her suit’s helm not only allows her the ability to hack any computer, but it also boasts this match’s X-factor – a target-locking system that makes Samus’ already impeccable marksmanship even more precise.
  • Speed Boost – The suit allows Samus to travel up to supersonic speeds. She not only can use this ability for evasive maneuvers, but also for offense. Her speed can help her close gaps and even break through concrete walls and fortifications.
  • Enhanced Durability and Adaptability – Naturally the suit acts as armor for the intergalactic big game hunter. It also has the impressive ability to adapt to any environment. Her suit allows her to brave the hottest planets, the coldest corners, and the most intense gravity shifts the galaxy has to offer.

Sephiroth

 Unlike the OG that is Samus Aran who has used the varia suit’s main five abilities, Mr. ‘I’m too cool for a last name’ has used a variety of powers throughout tournament. Here’s the complete list of powers Sephiroth has used over the course of this tournament and will likely use any combination of these within our above mentioned tournament guidelines.

Weapons

  • Masamune – WOW, a seven-foot sword that can cut through metal. If that doesn’t scream, ‘inspired by a whack ass anime,’ I’m not sure what does.

Powers/Abilities

  • Shadow Flare – It sounds cool, but don’t kid yourself OP moves are never cool.
  • Wall – Mr. Gorbachev over here builds a magical barrier to protect himself. Wonder how well that’s going to work out.
  • Supernova – If you don’t fall asleep during the move’s cinematics, you might just realize you have all the time in the world to dodge this one. Not to mention – it won’t even kill you!
  • Heartless Angel – Spoiler alert! Another move that won’t kill you and is also named after your father’s garage band.
  • Illusions – Do I even have to make fun of this one? Who brings a Las Vegas circus act to a battle, seriously.
  • Octoslash – And you thought Dr. Robotnik was cheesy.

Weakness

Samus – I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again her biggest source of offense is also her biggest heel. The varia suit turns Samus into an agile, monster-ravaging tank, but it also comes with a price. The more she uses the suit the greater risk she has of going insane. The suit puts an enormous amount of physical and mental strain on the heroine.

Sephiroth– Sephiroth may wield a nifty little sword and have some edgy-named attacks, but the truth is he is the first video game emo. All he does is cry about his creation. He has some weird Oedipus complex with his genetic mother, Jenova, but his inability to come to terms with that leaves him borderline insane. His mental instability mixed in with his bravado make for a lethal combination of counterproductive traits. He’s too arrogant to actually finish you off, but that only means you’re left alive to hear him write a song about his terrible family life.

Edge

Samus– She’s already dispatched Sephiroth’s biggest rival, Cloud Strife. She knows how to win against Lifestream swimming 90s characters.  Samus is a finisher. She goes in to do a job and she gets it done. Sephiroth on the other hand would rather leave an enemy with a tiny bit of life left then monologue long enough for them to counter. That isn’t hard. That isn’t badass, that just plain old stupid. Not to mention, Samus is already winning the psychological battle. I’m sure, knowing the fact that Samus knows who her mom and dad are plus continues to have a healthy relationship with her adopted Chozo family would eat Sephiroth up inside. Add in the fact she’s the video gaming world’s first transgender character and BOOM Sephiroth’s too perplexed to fight – total mind KO. Chalk this battle up to the Nintendo legend.

 

You know you should vote for the retro heroine, but just in case you’d like to hear how Sephiroth isn’t a lonely backup singer for Hawthrone Heights go check out the counter argument for ‘em here.

 

Otherwise lift them hand cannons up and shoot ’em in the sky. Samus for the win!

 

Next up: Console Carnage Champion announcement and tournament recap, Fri. April 1st

 

Cover Photo originally illustrated by Jeex Farfadet via jimboboxcom.deviantart.com 

Console Carnage: The Final Heroes Samus vs. Sub-Zero

And then there were two. The last two remaining heroes are set to square off, with the winner advancing to the tournament final. The winner here will face the winner of the villain’s bracket in one, epic final showdown.

Who’s going to represent the heroes?

The underdog story of the year, can Sub-Zero continue this unprecedented streak?

Samus is Nintendo’s last hope, can she ride that retro pride to the final?

Due to fan-voted seeding in the Round of 64, Sub-Zero came away with a 16-seed. Since he’s knocked off the tournament’s number one seed, Link. He shattered Master Chief’s dreams of victory. And he did what no one else in the galaxy could, single-handily silenced Commander Shepard en route to the Hero Final.

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Does the MK mainstay have enough frozen tricks up his sleeve to supplant Samus Aran and make it four in a row?

 

 

Samus barely survived her semifinal encounter with Cloud Strife. It was the first time all tournament the heroine failed to record more than 60 percent of fan votes in a matchup. Yet, she’s proven her might on her way to this final. Disposing Ash Ketchum in his home court. Torching Ryu in a battle of tech vs. fists. She’s a survivor and a planet destroyer. Nonetheless, she’s on upset alert.

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Can she be the one stop Sub-Zero’s murderous Cinderella story in this tournament?

 

 

 

**Remember all matches are staged in Pokemon Stadium. The matches are an enclosed battle where the winner is decided by KO. Each character is limited to a combination of five powers/weapons. Meaning if they have a gun and a sword, they can only have three more additional supernatural powers on top of that**

Only one way to find out folks, read below and cast your votes!

 

Don’t forget to vote on the Villain’s Final between: (4) Dr. Robotnik & (2) Sephiroth

 

(16) Sub-Zero vs (3) Samus Aran

Road to the Finals

  • Sub-Zero – upset wins over:
    • (1) Link with 56% of fan votes
    • (8) Master Chief with 73% of votes
    • (4) Commander Shepard with 60% of fan votes
  • Samus – wins over:
    • (14) Ash Ketchum with 64% of fan votes
    • (11) Ryu with 78% of votes
    • (7) Cloud Strife with 55% of fan votes

First Appearance

  • Sub-Zero – Mortal Kombat (1992) – Midway Arcade game, later in 1993 released on Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, & Sega Game Gear
  • Samus – Metroid (1986) – Nintendo

Fast Fact

  • Sub-Zero – Bi-Han was actually killed by Scorpion following the events of the original Mortal Kombat game. According to the game’s story he would later be resurrected as Noob Saibot.
  • Samus – 1992’s Super Metroid was at the time of its debut the largest Super NES game ever. It was 3 megabytes.

Powers/Weapons

Sub-Zero

The kid from Lin Keui. A victim of fan-seeding, but it hasn’t stopped him one bit. The ice-wielding assassin from the MK universe is one match away from the ultimate final. His Cryomancing abilities are clearly a force to be reckoned with. We’re all aware of how lethal Sub-Zero is in hand-to-hand combat, but for those of you unfamiliar with his abilities to manipulate water moisture, here’s a quick reminder of a few things he can do:

  • Ice Shields – First line of defense and clearly the only defense he needs.
  • Ice Beams/projectiles – He can freeze you in place. He can throw an ice shuriken through your chest. Don’t bring a snowball to an ice fight with this guy, alright?
  • Ice Swords – Need I say more?
  • Ice Clones – By the time you realize you’ve been fooled it will already be too late.

Samus 

 She had one heck of a close contest again FFVII legend, Cloud Strife, but she’s survived. The Chozo-DNA infused intergalactic bounty hunter makes her living ridding the galaxy of cosmic threats. She’s got a genius-level intellect, near superhuman agility, and she’s the best marksmen left in this tournament. In her Varia Suit all those natural talents are amplified. The Varia Suit’s arsenal includes:

Varia Suit

  • Power Beam – It’s a built in hand-cannon. Shoots semi-automatic energy projectiles or can be charged up for one massive blow.
  • Morph Ball – Transforms into a fortified bowling ball. A bowling ball that leaves tiny little bombs everywhere it goes.
  • Suit Visor – Has a target-locking system and enables Samus to hack any computer.
  • Speed Boost – A supersonic boost.
  • Enhanced Durability and Adaptability – As mentioned the suit already enhances the bounty hunter’s physical abilities and provides body armor. But it also adapts to the environment. The suit allows Samus the ability to withstand incredibly frosty temperatures/pressures to ultra-blistering ones.

Weakness

Sub- Zero – Bi-Han is still just a superbly talented ninja. His Lin Keui Clan abilities offer him an excellent source of offense, but marginal defense. Even with his ability to control/harvest ice, he’s still just a trained killer with limited armor. His best form of defense is his offense.

Samus – The varia suit makes Samus one of the toughest foes in this tournament, however it also is her biggest heel. The suit requires an enormous amount of mental strain to operate and puts a tremendous physical toll on Samus. The longer she uses the suit the weaker her grip on reality becomes, pushing her to the brink of insanity.

Edge

Samus– Sub-Zero has defied the odds this entire tournament, but the buck stops here. Samus’ Varia Suit is the ninja’s downfall. It offers her substantial protection against his sole source of offense. The suit can withstand the assassin’s ice-cold attacks. Not to mention Samus has the super speed and the firepower to keep Sub-Zero off-balance. On paper this one is a mismatch, but so were Sub-Zero’s last three battles.

Who’s going to win? The MK killer or the Nintendo survivor?

 

Next up: Tournament Final, Mon. March, 28

 

Don’t forget to vote on the Villain’s Final the winner of the Dr. Eggman & Sephiroth feud takes on the winner here!

 

 

Cover photo credit: Pepe N Varro, deviantart.com via zeldainformer.com

 

Console Carnage: The Hero’s Final Four

The final four. The last remaining heroes. Only two of these benevolent gaming legends are going to advance to the hero’s final. Who are you voting for?

Is Sub-Zero going to continue his string of upsets? He had a monumental upset in the first round and continues to knock off fan-favorites. I mean the assassin is only a 16-seed! He’s the lowest seeded character and he’s cleaning up the place.

Can the ice cold Cinderella story continue?

We’ve read the headlines before: ‘Commander Shepard defeats Saren,’ ‘Shepard downs Geth army,’ ‘Cerebus and Shepard quell Collectors threat,’ ‘Shepard saves galaxy from Reaper threat,’ and now we’re reading ‘Shepard kills the Mario Bros.’ If anyone can ruin the upset MK special it’s the Commander. While he’s the epitome of rising to the challenge as an underdog, he finds himself as the favorite here.

Can he still finish the job?

Nintendo’s last hope. She’s usually the galaxy’s, but this time Samus Aran looks to continue piling up the votes. She’s had the two largest victory margins of the tournament thus far.

Can the bounty hunter with a boom shot bring Cloud back down to reality?

He’s only got one blockbuster to his name, but that’s all he needs. Cloud Strife continues to ride that FFVII fanboy/fangirl train. He just recently dismantled the 2-seeded Mega Man.

Will Samus be just another piece of arm-cannon fodder?

Well enough chatting. The stage is set. The competitors are ready. Who is going to make the final? Cast your votes below and pick your heroes!

*Remember all matches are staged in Pokemon Stadium. The matches are an enclosed battle where the winner is decided by KO. Each character is limited to a combination of five powers/weapons. Meaning if they have a gun and a sword, they can only have three more additional supernatural powers on top of that**

 

Don’t forget to vote on those villains. It is high-seeds galore over there. No intriguing storylines, no upsets, just plain or gratuitous violence – which I implore you to vote on!

 

(16) Sub-Zero vs (4) Commander Shepard

Road to the Semis

  • Sub-Zero – upset wins over (1) Link with 56% of fan votes, (8) Master Chief with 73% of votes
  • Commander Shepard – wins over (9) Lara Croft with 57% of fan votes, (5) Mario & Luigi with 64% of votes

First Appearance

  • Sub-Zero – Mortal Kombat (1992) – Midway Arcade game, later in 1993 released on Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, & Sega Game Gear
  • Commander Shepard – Mass Effect (2007) – Xbox 360

Fast Fact

  • Sub-Zero – Mortal Kombat was heavily marketed before its console debut. It debuted on all four systems (at the time) on “Mortal Monday,” September, 13, 1993
  • Commander Shepard – Mass Effect was not the original franchise’s name. Originally the game went into development under the name “SFX” which stood for ‘Science Fiction X.’

Powers/Weapons

Sub-Zero

The Cryomancing Phenom. The Ice Lung. Bi-Hanny Blaze. While S-U-B Z-E-R-O may not share all of Method Man’s monikers the Lin Keui assassin is making quite the statement just like the Wu-Tang Clan’s lead MC. He might’ve fallen victim to our fan-voted seeding, but the fans have surely reconsidered their original placement. He’s now knocked off  Hyrule hero, Link and Halo’s, Master Chief by impressive margins. His toughest test lays ahead of him. Shepard isn’t going to be an easy fight.

None the less, Bi-Han dismantles his foes with his lethal martial arts skillset and intimidates them with his death count. His Cryomancer abilities to control water moisture allow him to create:

  • Ice Shields – Ever try to punch throw a glacier? Doesn’t work so well does it?
  • Ice Beams/projectiles – Unlike Bobby Drake, Sub-Zero uses his projectiles and freeze rays with the intent to kill and humiliate.
  • Ice Swords – Just read that out loud. It even sounds terrifying.
  • Ice Clones – Think that was Sub-Zero? Think again homeboy.

Commander Shepard

The man, the myth, the Shepard. He saves Earth. He saves galaxies. He kicks ass and takes names. The Alliance veteran just did the unimaginable yet again – took down the Mario Bros without breaking a sweat. The Mass Effect protagonist employs a versatile arsenal laced with deadly supernatural (and futuristic) perks.

**Note for this tournament Shepard will be classified as a Solider**

Weapons

  • M-96 Mattock Assault Rifle – Semi-automatic death-producer. If Shepard’s got you in his sights on this bad boy, you’re punching a ticket to the River of Styx.
  • M-6 Carnifex Hand-Cannon – Mordin Solus’ favorite pistol. Can take down a raging Krogan. I even heard its great against assassins.
  • M-920 Cain – A hand-held WOMD. Takes significant time to charge up, but this two-handed behemoth would make North Korea cry.

Powers

  • Marksman (Adrenaline Rush) – It isn’t a PED it’s a supernatural ability. Shepard can literally control his adrenalin glands, slowing down time over a short period of time. His physical powers vastly increase as does his precision with a firearm.
  • Incendiary Ammo –  Bullets that burn. Fuego.

Weakness

Sub- Zero – While the man from the Lin Keui Clan has an impressive offense his defense is still subjective to his natural limits. He’s still just a human. He can create durable shields, clones, and continue to use his offense as a primary source of defense, but like any ninja he’s still vulnerable against heavy arterially.

Commander Shepard – He’s arguably the best leader that’s ever graced the cover of a video game. However, without a team Shepard is significantly weaker. He’s proficient on his own, but at the core, Shepard is just a solider with some fancy N7 armor.

Edge

Commander Shepard – Incendiary ammo. With it the upset buck stops here. Shepard’s greatest strength in this tournament is his supernatural ability as a shooter and his ammunition of choice. Both are incredibly bad news for Sub-Zero. The high-heat of Shepard’s bullets will melt away Sub-Zero’s only form of significant defense. If Sub-Zero could catch Shepard in an ice beam or with an ice clone, he might be able to continue his unlikely run. Unfortunately, in a battle of the elements – fire trumps ice.

 

(3) Samus Aran vs. (7) Cloud Strife

Road to the Semis

  • Samus – wins over (14) Ash Ketchum with 64% of fan votes, win over (11) Ryu with 78% of votes
  • Cloud – win over (10) Ezio Auditore with 57% of fan votes, upset over (2) Mega Man with 57% of fan votes

First Appearance

  • Samus – Metroid (1986) – Nintendo
  • Cloud – Final Fantasy VII (1997) – Playstation

Fast Facts

  • Samus – Samus was inspired by Sigourney Weaver’s character, Ellen Ripley, from the film Aliens. Samus’ arch-nemesis, Ridley, the space dragon is an homage to the film’s director, Ridley Scott.
  • Cloud– Final Fantasy VII was originally intended to be released on the N64. However, Playstation offered a better option for CGI graphics at the time. Consequently it the first game in the Final Fantasy franchise not to debut on a Nintendo console.

Powers/Weapons

Samus 

 She’s got Chozo DNA and she knows how to use it. Samus hunts intergalactic beasts for a living. In her own right, she’s a monster in her Varia Suit, but even without it her dexterity, intelligence, and marksmanship are all near supernatural levels. It isn’t a fluke she’s harvest the most votes in the tournament, thus far.

Varia Suit

  • Power Beam – Unlike, Mega Man’s Mega Buster, Samus’ hand cannon actually wins her matches. Powerful energy projectiles including one massive, destructive shot.
  • Morph Ball – She can curl up into a petite fortified ball, pooping out bombs. It is kind of cute, gross, and deadly – mostly deadly.
  • Suit Visor – Her helm has a target-locking system plus a hacking system that would even make Anonymous jealous.
  • Speed Boost – Pretty straightforward here – a supersonic boost.
  • Enhanced Durability and Adaptability – The suit protects Samus from the elements. It can adapt to any atmospheric temperatures and pressure changes. It also significantly adds to her already impressive physical skillset.

Cloud Strife

Weapon

 He makes all the fangirls go crazy. The face of FFVII is everywhere nowadays. From fan blogs to invading your beloved Super Smash Bros. And for good reason, he’s not just a cult classic, he’s a legit contender. A former ex-SOLIDER 1st class who wields a massive cleaver more popularly known as, The Buster Sword. While it may look burdensome to carry, the Nibelheim-born killer handles it was ease.

  • Limit Break: Omnislash – Cloud’s most powerful physical attack. He unleashes the fury with this one. All that pent up rage in his damaged psyche comes out in a blitzkrieg buffet.

Materia

As previously mentioned, Cloud will be limited to only three materias or magic in this tournament due to our Rule of Five rule.

  • Cure Materia – Low on health? Use some healing magic.
  • Meteor – A crafty little spell. Allows Cloud to summon a meteor strike.
  • Shiva – She’s a deadly ice aeon that is beckoned by this summon spell.

 Weakness

Samus – While the Varia suit is her largest source of offense it comes with a price. The more Samus uses and relies on the suit the weaker her mental grip on reality becomes. The suit demands an extraordinary amount of focus to use. The greater the challenge and more stress she undertakes in the suit forces her to lose consciousness and even her sanity.

Cloud – The unfortunate side effects of Mako exposure. Cloud is an adept fighter, but due to long bouts with Mako energy, Cloud’s mind is more fragile than the lamp in “A Christmas Story”. He is extremely vulnerable to mind control. And under heavy stress he’s even lost control over his own will to battle.

Edge

Push– This battle of the head cases may be too close to call. Samus has the firepower, but Cloud’s materia is a constant X-Factor. Dealing with Shiva and Comet would be another day at the office for Samus, but Cloud’s ability to heal himself cannot be overlooked. This might come down to Omnislash vs. Samus’ Power Beam. Can the bounty hunter survive Cloud’s limit break? Can Cloud out-maneuver the Varia suit’s target-locking system?

Next up: Hero’s Final, March 25

 

Don’t forget to vote on the villain’s bracket! The winner will face the winner of the hero’s bracket!

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Console Carnage charges into the Quarterfinals

The path to the semifinals starts today. The first round has already exploded with a few surprise upsets; can the quarterfinals provide the same level of entertainment? You bet your nerdy hide they will.

The most famous Hylian and the tournament’s number one seed is gone. Link might have been able to save Hyrule from tragedy time and time again, but he couldn’t stop the onslaught from the Lin Kuei assassin. The Middle Tennessee State of this tournament, can the MK legend continue his upset specials against Halo’s Master Chief?

In the opening round, Mario & Luigi reminded Kirby that they run Nintendo. However, they’ll be in for a test today against Commander Shepard, where the new age meets the old school.

Another opening-round retro battle saw Mega Man outlast Sonic in one of the first round’s tightest contests. Now Cloud Strife stands in the way of the blue bomber’s path to the semifinals.

Fellow arm cannon legend, Samus easily dismantled Ash on his home court. However, she’s facing the bottom half of the bracket’s dark horse, Ryu. Can the face of Street Fighter take down Nintendo’s leading lady?

Cast your votes below and don’t forget to vote on the villain’s bracket, where the top seeds are ruling the roost.

**Remember all matches are staged in Pokemon Stadium. The matches are an enclosed battle where the winner is decided by KO. Each character is limited to a combination of five powers/weapons. Meaning if they have a gun and a sword, they can only have three more additional supernatural powers on top of that**

 

(2) Mega Man vs. Cloud Strife (7)

Road to the Quarters       

  • Mega Man – win over (15) Sonic with 57% of fan votes
  • Cloud – win over (10) Ezio Auditore with 57% of fan votes

First Appearance

  • Mega Man– Megaman (1988) – Nintendo
  • Cloud – Final Fantasy VII (1997) – Playstation

Cult Classic Appearance

  • Mega Man – Marvel vs Capcom (1999) – Originally debut on Sega Dreamcast and in arcades everywhere, Mega Man has been a staple character in the fighting franchise ever since.
  • Cloud– Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) – Cloud and his FFVII counterparts starred in their own animated movie. The film focused on the cast’s life following the original game’s ending.

Powers/Weapons

Mega Man

 You know the narrative. The robotic boy wonder was the creation of dangerous minds of Dr. Light and Dr. Willy. Although he’s barely a teenager his suit gives him some ridiculous powers such as:

  • Superhuman strength and stamina
  • Superhuman agility and reflexes
  • Enhanced durability
  • Super slide and even the ability to teleport
  • Ability to jump and dash enormous distances

While his trademark may be his hand cannon. Mega Man’s Mega Uppercut deals out serious damage. Catching an uppercut from a super-powered humanoid’s hand cannon is a one-way ticket to KO City.

Weapon

Mega Buster – Mega Man’s hand cannon. The most lethal portion of his offense. He can shoot powerful energy projectiles out of his right hand and can even charge up a massive shot that is capable of leveling damn near anything in its path. The Mega Buster also has a built in Copy System which allows Mega Man the ability to steal technology from defeated enemies.

Cloud Strife

Weapon

 The baby-faced ex-SOLIDER 1st Class is most known for his Buster Sword. A massive cleaver he slices and dices the bad guys with. His most powerful attack with this weapon is easily his Limit Break: Omnislash. An insanely fast and powerful attack that allows Cloud to strike the enemy multiple times for critically lethal hits.

Materia

For this tournament Cloud will have only three materias to use in combat. Materia allows Cloud the ability to cast magical spells.

**His weapon and his limit break count each count as a weapon and a power for our 5 weapon/powers rule.**

  • Cure Materia – Healing magic
  • Meteor – Cloud can summon a destructive meteor shower
  • Shiva – Summons the ice Goddess, Shiva to aid Cloud in battle.

Weakness

Mega Man –Even with the surplus of powers his suit grants him, Mega Man still has a surprising amount of weaknesses. For starters the suit is extremely susceptible to sharp objects. Along with limited protection from blades his suit is vulnerable to high temperatures and pressure leaving his suit susceptible to overheating and possible shut down. This also goes for heavy damage. The suit is durable, but it cannot sustain heavy damage from the likes of falls or a barrage of heavy hits.

Cloud – From his prolonged exposure to Mako energy, Cloud has developed some serious mental side effects. His mental state is in serious question. While he is an experienced combatant he is mentally unstable. Too much stress can leave Cloud questioning his own sanity or even leave him vulnerable to mind control. Not to mention, his steam punk armor may look fancy, but it offers about the same level of protection as a bathroom rubber.

Edge

Push – Cloud’s ability to use magic definitely aided him in his last battle, but he might need more than just magic in this one. Cloud’s Omnislash can certainty carve up Mega Man’s armor – IF – he can get close enough to Mega Man. The boy in blue’s super speed will make things difficult for Cloud. Shiva and Comet materia elemental-type damage will certainty weaken Mega Man’s suit however the real question we have to ask ourselves is, can Cloud answer a direct hit from the Mega Buster?

(16) Sub-Zero vs (8) Master Chief 

Road to the Quarters

  • Sub-Zero – upset win over (1) Link with 56% of fan votes
  • Master Chief – win over (9) Lara Croft with 57% of fan votes

First Appearance

  • Sub-Zero – Mortal Kombat (1992) – Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, & Sega Game Gear
  • Master Chief – Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) – Xbox

Cult Classic

  • Sub-Zero – Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997) – MK’s first side-scrolling action-adventure game was a guilty pleasure for many 90s kids. Was one of the first non-fighting MK inspired games for the N64 and original Playstation.
  • Master Chief – Halo Wars (2009) – The real-time strategy game is one of the worst-selling games in the franchise and it still sold over 2.5 million copies.

Powers/Weapons

Sub-Zero

The Lin Kuei assassin’s upset over Link was no fluke. The MK mainstay is in the business of killing and business is booming. He’s extremely well versed in hand-to-hand combat, but his skills as a Cyromaner are what make Bi-Han so dangerous. With his lethal manipulation of water moisture, he can create:

  • Ice shields
  • Ice beams
  • Ice swords
  • Deadly projectiles
  • Ice clones

Master Chief

Master Chief was selected to lead the human race. He was built to be a super solider. The SPARTAN II Project made him into a one-man army. His genetic mutations have given him:

  • Superhuman reflexes
  • Enhanced durability – built in exoskeleton
  • Superhuman Strength
  • The dude can even see in the dark – no night vision needed.

Weapons

In conjunction with his mutations Master Chief’s MJOLNIR V Armor makes him nearly invulnerable. The armor grants him even more durability via its titanium casing and it significantly boosts his already insane strength and agility. In addition, the armor’s bio foam medi-gel can quickly heal the Halo legend from serious wounds or cracks in his armor.

Along with his super suit Master Chief’s armed with:

  • MA5D-ICWS – While this may be a standard assault rifle in the Halo Universe its 7.62 NATO rounds are anything, but standard in the hands of the MC.
  • M6D Pistol – A UNSC standard sidearm. Unlike the average pistol this puppy carries nearly a hundred round of ammunition, the precision of a M9 and the power of a revolver. After all, this pistol was meant to be the future of combat.
  • M9 Grenade – Nothing fancy about this frag grendade.

Weakness

Sub- Zero – There’s no doubt he’s a killer. There is doubt in his defense though. While his offense is frightening, Sub-Zero is still just a super violent ninja. He’s vulnerable to anything an average human being would be including, bullets.

Master Chief – Maybe he’s an example of poor script-writing. Maybe Halo writers were all Superman fans because MC definitely has a slight ‘God-complex.’ With his MJOLNIR armor he is literally a human fortress with barely any glaring weaknesses. His biggest setback is firepower and ammunition. If he runs out of ammunition, he is significantly less talented in the hand-to-hand department compared to some of the other characters left in this tournament.

Edge

Master Chief – If anyone can slow down Master Chief in this tournament it’s Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero’s ability to conjure up ice walls, spikes, traps, and damn near anything else he desires significantly evens the playing field. He has the ability to freeze incoming grenades and bullets, but can Sub-Zero break through that MJOLNIR armor? That’s the trump card here for MC. He’s a monster even without it, but the man’s survived planet explosions in that suit. The ice magician was able to summon up an upset last round, but think the UNSC solider is too much for him this time.

 

(3) Samus Aran vs. Ryu (11)

Road to the Quarters

  • Samus – win over (14) Ash Ketchum with 64% of fan votes
  • Ryu – upset win over (6) Solid Snake with 57% of fan votes

First Appearance

  • Samus – Metroid (1986) – Nintendo
  • Ryu – Street Fighter (1987) – Arcade game by Capcom

Cult Classic

  • Samus – Super Metroid (1994) – Arguably the best game in the franchise, the Super NES game is still one that is held close to fan’s hearts.
  • Ryu– Street Fighter II Turbo (1993) – While surprisingly not the most successful Street Fighter game it is easily a fan-favorite amongst Street Fighter fans. Ryu’s appearances in Marvel vs Capcom games are also a cult favorite.

Powers/Weapons

Samus – The intergalactic bounty hunter is a human fused with Chozo DNA. This grants her some near superhuman abilities even without her powerful Varia Suit.

Without her suit Samus still has a genius-level IQ, adept in close-quarters combat, a marksman, and is extremely dexterous and agile. Naturally the Varia Suit accents all of these natural characteristics and adds a little punch of its own.

Varia Suit

  • Power Beam – Similar to Mega Man’s hand cannon, the suit’s power beam utilizes energy projectiles to eradicate enemies. Samus can also charge up her power beam for a heavy shot.
  • Morph Ball – Samus literally morphs into a petite fortified ball capable of laying equally tiny bombs that pack a not-so tiny punch.
  • Suit Visor – A target-locking system and also grants Samus the ability to hack any computer, instantly accessing secured information.
  • Speed Boost – A supersonic speed boost courtesy of the suit’s alien technology.
  • Enhanced Durability and Adaptability – As mentioned her naturally abilities are greatly enhanced in the suit. Her ability to withstand damage is exponentially increased and the suit’s ability to adapt allows Samus to survive in environments with subzero temperatures or high heat/pressure.

Ryu

Powers

Ryu doesn’t have a fancy super suit. He doesn’t need one. With his trademark white Gi the Shotokan master handles enemies with his Hadoken and Hurriane Kicks. Ryu’s advanced training and understanding of the martial arts allow him supernatural abilities capable of defeating nearly any foe. In addition, his Hadoken uppercut may be one of the most terrifying moves of all-time. It is an instant KO.

 Weakness

Samus – Samus’ suit allows her the ability to handle the galaxy’s most dangerous game, but it also is her biggest weakness. The suit requires a tremendous amount of strength and mental fortitude to operate. The stress of using the suit has made Samus lose her grip on reality leaving her vulnerable to attack. The longer she uses the suit the more fragile her mental state becomes.

Ryu – The Tokyo killer is a world-class fighter, but outside from his martial arts prowess he’s just a man. He’s arguably the best close-combat fighter in this tournament, but he doesn’t have much for defense.

Edge

Samus– If Samus didn’t have the Varia Suit this might be a contest. With her suit’s arsenal I cannot see a way Ryu wins this one. His Hadoken might be able to negate Samus’ Power Beam, but he doesn’t have anything to defend himself against her super speed or the fact she can lock-on to him from afar. Even if Ryu got in close, Samus’ morph ball turns the tables right back in her favor. Without a legit defense, I can’t see Ryu punching his way past technology.

(5) Mario & Luigi vs. (4) Commander Shepard

Road to the Quarters

  • Mario & Luigi – win over (12) Kirby with 71% of fan votes
  • Commander Shepard – win over (13) Dante with 57% of fan votes

First Appearance

  • Mario & Luigi – Super Mario Bros. (1985) – Nintendo
  • Commander Shepard – Mass Effect (2007) – Xbox 360

Cult Classic

  • Mario & Luigi – Mario Paint (1992) – The Super NES bargain bin game is stuff of legend for old Super NES gamers. The “Gnat Attack” mini-game was hours of fun for anyone who has ever played this game.
  • Comander Shepard – Mass Effect (2007) – With only three titles to his name it is tough to pick a game that’s a ‘cult classic.’ The original ME is however, just that. With great story, but outdated gameplay it is a guilty pleasure for diehard Mass Effect fans.

 **Shepard also stars in the Dark Horse published ‘Mass Effect’ comics**

Weapons/Powers

Mario & Luigi –The world’s most famous plumbers don’t bring too much to the table in terms of raw physical power. Despite being five-foot nothing, the siblings can jump darn near three stories high. However, aside from their NBA Jam skills, the duo’s fighting powers rely solely on “Power-Ups.”

**Note for this tournament each of the Mario brothers will only have two Power-Ups. The ‘Star’ Power-Up will be effectively a one-time use for either Mario or Luigi**

Mario

  • Super Mushroom  The classic. The super shroom turns Mario into an Italian Godzilla. He can crush tall buildings in a single stomp.
  • Cape Flower – Super Mario World’s finest addition to the Mushroom Kingdom. This Power-Up gives Mario the ability to fly, glide, and stomp out the competition.

Luigi

  • Fire Flower – Luigi eats flower. Luigi breathes fire.
  • Super Leaf – The trademark from Super Mario 3. It may look corny, but the raccoon suit is clutch.

Shared (Only one of the characters can use this Power-Up)

  • Super Star – Their trump card. With the Super Star the pair are invincible. Literally anything they touch is D-E-A-D. That is if they can hit them before their 15 seconds are up.

Commander Shepard

The Alliance legend is one of the finest military commanders in human history. Utilizing his arsenal and unique class powers, Shepard has saved the galaxy not just once, not just twice, but thrice times.

**Note for this tournament Shepard will be classified as a Solider**

Weapons

  • M-96 Mattock Assault Rifle – A semi-automatic rifle that first debuted as DLC in ME2. Despite its slow-firing rate the Mattock offers accuracy and serious stopping power.
  • M-6 Carnifex Hand-Cannon – A Mass Effect original and one of the strongest pistols in the franchise. A six-shot clip, but Shepard doesn’t need more than two to put an enemy down with this puppy.
  • M-920 Cain – Using mass-effect based technology the M-920 Cain is essentially a hand-held nuke. It requires an absurd amount of heavy ammo, but this is a one-shot neighborhood destroyer.

Powers

  • Marksman (Adrenaline Rush) – Shepard can control his adrenaline. This allows him to slow down time, improve his accuracy, and his physical powers are amplified for a short period of time.
  • Incendiary Ammo –  Literally ammunition that burns upon impact. Once a target is hit with an incendiary-laced bullet the target’s skin will immediately burst into flames.

Weakness

Mario & Luigi- Live by the Power-Up, die by the Power-Up. The Kings of Nintendo are nothing without their Mushroom Kingdom drugs.

Commander Shepard – Even with his unique class skillset, Shepard is still just a solider. His N7 armor doesn’t offer him anything other than improved protection. He also typically relies on a team during skirmishes. Shepard is a survivor and a warrior, but he’s normally only as strong as his fellow comrades.

Edge

Commander Shepard– Bye-bye video game legends. In an arena and tournament like this, I can’t see the Mario Bros. winning here. Shepard’s incendiary ammo clearly gives him the edge. He has the better defense and even with their Power Ups, Shepard’s Marksmen power will give him enough time to pinpoint and land that fatal shot. Mario and Luigi’s only hope is that Shepard is reloading while they snag a Super Star.

Next up: Semi-Finals on Monday, March 22.

Don’t forget to go check on the infamous video game villains bracket and vote on your favorite bad guys!

 

 

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Console Carnage Round 1 Continues with Arm Cannons Galore

Yesterday we kicked off the first round of Console Carnage with the undisputed #1 seed Link taking on the deadly assassin, Sub-Zero along with a classic Nintendo showdown between the Mario Bros. and Kirby. If you haven’t voted on the opening matches yet, then what are you waiting for? Get on over there and vote!

Today, the retro love continues in the bottom half of the hero’s bracket. As previously mentioned, our contestants will square off in Pokemon Stadium without any outside interference. They are limited to a combination of five powers/weapons and the winner is decided once one character is KO’d or *gulp* dead.

We have a pair of arm-cannons looking to defend their top-seeds. We’ve got a glorious match-up between everyone’s favorite one-eyed spy and the face of a legendary fighting franchise. Not to mention have two cult characters squaring off in what will surely be one of the most highly contested battles of this opening round.

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Can Megaman slow down Sonic? Can Samus prove that she’s more than just a hot body in a suit? Is Solid Snake too old for the spry Ryu? Can Ezio Auditore silence Cloud Strife and the Final Fantasy VII fanboys?

Which hero will advance to the quarterfinals? Cast your votes below to weigh in on today’s match-ups!

Don’t forget to vote on those vile villains!

(2) Mega Man vs. Sonic the Hedgehog (15)

First Appearance

  • Mega Man– Megaman (1988) – Nintendo
  • Sonic the Hedgehog– Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) – Sega, Sega Genesis, & Sega Game Gear

Most Successful Video Game/Franchise Appearance

  • Mega Man – Mega Man 2 (1988)– Nintendo  – 1.51 million copies sold
  • Sonic – Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)– 15 million copies sold

**Note the mobile release of Sonic the Hedgehog has sold an additional 7 million copies**

Powers/Weapons

Mega Man

 A humanoid with a cannon for a right arm. If that isn’t terrifying then I don’t know what is. Created by the warped minds of Dr. Light and Dr. Willy, Mega Man isn’t really a man. He’s actually a young kid (or teen depending on how you look at it) built into a robotic super suit. His suit grants him an impressive array of abilities including:

  • Superhuman strength and stamina
  • Superhuman agility and reflexes
  • Enhanced durability
  • Super slide and even the ability to teleport
  • Ability to jump and dash enormous distances

With the suits enhance abilities Mega Man can also land a devastating blow known as the Mega Uppercut. A punch which embodies the raw psychical power the suit grants Mega Man.

Weapons

Without question Mega Man’s most powerful weapon is his hand cannon aka the Mega Buster.

The Mega Buster allows Mega Man to fire powerful energy projectiles at enemies including one massive ‘Buster’ that can vaporize entire buildings in a single shot. It also contains a Copy System that allows Mega Man the ability to replicate any advanced technology he comes in contact with. Meaning if Mega Man fights an electro-charged killer robot, he can replicate that robot’s ability to use electricity to a less powerful degree.

Sonic the Hedgehog

 The face of Sega may be the fastest video game character of all time. His sole power is his Super Speed. He can travel supersonic speeds of over 7,000 mph and his speed also allows him to:

  • Heal himself – He can slowly regenerate health by vibrating his body
  • Shockwaves – Sonic can emit enormous shockwaves of harvested energy
  • Barriers – Sonic is able to create small barriers of supersonic speed that can help protect him from physical attacks
  • Dash/Leaping – With his super speed Sonic has the ability to leap or jump miles at a time.

Weakness

Mega Man –Despite his suit’s enormous amount of powers, Mega Man can still be harmed. His suit is extremely vulnerable to intense heat and pressure. Scorching temperatures can cause his suit to overload, malfunction, and even shut down. He is also not immune to falling from great heights. Despite his suits durability it cannot protect him from massive free falls and is surprisingly weak against sharp objects. Mega Man’s Copy System also has a catch. He can only utilize it after he’s defeated an enemy.

Sonic – Face it. Despite his insane speed, Sonic is still just a hedgehog. He’s physically weak.  He doesn’t have any significant strength. His power is completely dependent on his speed. It is his only source of offense and defense. Not to mention he is rather mentally weak and lacks composure. When he is confined to tight spaces he typically becomes ill-tempered and loses focus.

Edge

Mega Man– I almost called this is a push. Mega Man’s inability to take heavy crushing damage is a serious problem. However, with the battle being staged in Pokemon Stadium I can’t see how this doesn’t favor Mega Man. Even if Sonic were to get in close, sprint up the side of the stadium and drop Mega Man; the hypothetical fall wouldn’t be enough to incapacitate the boy-robot. Nor does Sonic have any significant firepower to land a finishing blow on Mega Man. This battle of the blues goes to the robotic boy-wonder. Mega Man can match Sonic’s speed, his best shots, and return much heavier counters than the dazzling hedgehog.

 

(7) Cloud Strife vs Ezio Auditore de Firenze (10) 

First Appearance

  • Cloud – Final Fantasy VII (1997) – Playstation
  • Ezio– Assassin’s Creed 2  (2009) – Playstation 3 & Xbox 360

Most Successful Video Game/Franchise Appearance

  • Cloud– Final Fantasy VII– Playstation, Playstation Network – 9.8 million copies sold

**FFVII: Crisis Core (2006) on the PSP sold 2.59 million copies**

  • Ezio – Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (2010) – 6.5 million copies sold

Powers/Weapons

Cloud Strife 

The main protagonist and resident pretty boy in one of Final Fantasy’s most beloved games. A former SOLDIER 1st Class and a Mako survivor. Cloud is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant who wields his infamous Buster Sword.

Weapons

Buster Sword – Cloud’s famous blade. An enormous cleaver that stands nearly as tall as him. With the Buster Sword, Cloud can deliver a multitude of heavy attacks. With his swordsmanship Cloud can deliver a massive heavy attack, his limit break Omnislash.

Powers

Omnislash – Cloud’s Limit Break. An insane 15-plus hit attack which deals massive damage with each strike.

For this tournament I will classify Materia as a power. Materia allows Cloud to use magic along with summoning massive legendary creatures to help aid him in battle. For this tournament Cloud will have:

  • Cure Materia – Allows Cloud to use magic with healing properties
  • Meteor – Allows Cloud to summon a massive meteor shower onto unsuspecting foes
  • Shiva – Allows Cloud the ability to summon the ice aeon, Shiva.

Ezio

Powers

Ezio doesn’t possess any supernatural abilities. He is a master assassin and adept in hand-to-hand combat. Along with his skills in espionage his speed and agility are comparable to a superhuman or at the very least a world class parkour athlete.

Weapons

  • Twin Blades – His notorious set of hidden blades.
  • Longsword – Nothing fancy about his Venetian blade. Albeit, Ezio’s skills with the sword are unrivaled.
  • Da Vinci’s Crossbow – Courtesy of the brilliant mind of Leonardo Da Vinci, Ezio arms himself with a crossbow. While the crossbow is a Silver Age design, it offers Ezio a long range weapon for his deadly marksmanship.
  • Posion Darts – Depending on Ezio’s mood he can coat the tiny knives with enough toxin to incapacitate an enemy or kill them immediately.
  • Smoke Bombs – Ezio’s main defensive weapon. He can use smoke bombs to evade incoming attackers and quickly escape.

Weakness

Cloud– Despite the magical aid of materia, Cloud is still just a solider. His trendy armor offers minimal protection and he is still vulnerable to a variety of attacks. His mental state is also a point of interest. Cloud’s experience with Mako energy leaves him mentally unstable and at times, susceptible to mind control. He’s adept in battle, but he is also a head case.

Ezio– Ezio has been training to become an assassin since he was a teenager. However, like Cloud his a mortal – his physical limitations are plenty. His arrogance can often get him in trouble, but Ezio has made a career of getting out of tight jams.

Edge

Cloud – It’s all about the materia. The magic tips this one in Cloud’s favor. Ezio is arguably the better hand-to-hand combatant, but he has no defense to Cloud’s ability to use magic nor his Omnislash ability. If this was a straight sword fight, Ezio might be able to pull  off the upset. Instead, Cloud is sending the Italian to Hell.

 

(6) Solid Snake vs. Ryu (11)

First Appearance

  • Solid Snake – Metal Gear (1987) – Nintendo
  • Ryu – Street Fighter (1987) – Arcade game by Capcom

Most Successful Video Game/ Franchise Appearance

  • Solid Snake – Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain (2015) – PS4/Xbox One – 6 million copies to date
  • Ryu– Street Fighter II (1992) – Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis – 6.3 million copies sold

**Note: Street Fighter II Turbo (1993) was close with 4.1 million copies sold. The two are still Capcom’s best-selling editions of the franchise**

Powers/Weapons

Solid Snake – Snake doesn’t have any supernatural powers although is endurance and durability are damn near unbelievable. The man has completed numerous missions without an ounce of sleep. This includes a near two-day binge in Alaska where he took down a walking mech with a WOMD and a rail gun attached to it.

Weapons

  • SOCOM Pistol w/ silencer – Snake’s lucky .45 sidearm and arguably his best friend.
  • FAMAS – Snake is a master marksman, but the FAMAS assault rifle is the pedigree of durability and reliability, just like Snake.
  • C4 – Snake’s been in a lot of tight jams throughout his career. When in doubt use a rubber explosive.
  • CODEX – Snake’s tool for radio communication and quite possibly his most powerful assets. He’s able to communicate to his fellow comrades with it and gain instant access to a foe’s weak point.  The CODEX gives Snake a tactical advantage no matter how dire the situation.
  • Cardboard Box – Snake set the alarm off? Leave it to Snake to hide in a cardboard box – they’ll never find ‘em.

Ryu

Powers

Ryu is a master in the Shotokan-karate style. He has honed his body and mind to near supernatural levels through his intense training in the martial arts style. His hand-to-hand combat skills are nearly unrivaled and his intense focus allows unnatural powers like his Hadoken. A powerful blast of energy that can KO nearly any opponent. Not to mention his expert martial arts skill allow him the ability to land a near superhuman-level uppercut and his infamous Hurricane Kick.

 Weakness

Solid Snake – As badass as Snake is he’s still just the wiry veteran. He’s been doing this for a long time, maybe too long. He’s cheated death numerous times, but he still is human – right?

Ryu – Born in a dojo, grew up on the mean streets of Tokyo, there’s no question that Ryu is bad man. However, he is still just a master of karate. He’s vulnerable to heavy attacks and weapons just like any one in a Gi would be.

Edge

Push– I know, I know you’re likely thinking, but Snake has a gun Ryu doesn’t. Well, don’t let Ryu’s torn sleeves and 1980s headband-style fool you, he’s a killer just like Snake. Snake’s ability to survive is his greatest attribute, but Ryu may be one of the best fighters on the planet. His Hadoken abilities can neutralize Snake’s range with his firearms. Fighting in Pokemon Stadium also takes away Snake’s stealth. This is a wide open battle. In terms of close combat, Ryu has the edge. Ryu’s got KO power, but I’ve also never seen Solid Snake incapacitated before.

(3) Samus Aran vs. (14) Ash Ketchum

First Appearance

  • Samus – Metroid (1986) – Nintendo
  • Ash Ketchum – Pokemon Red, Green, & Blue (1996, Japan) – Game Boy

**Ash is most well known for being the main character in the Pokemon anime televised back when America had good Saturday morning cartoons**

Most Successful Video Game/Franchise Appearance

  • Samus – Metroid Prime (2002) – 2.78 million copies sold
  • Ash – Pokemon Red, Green, & Blue (1996, Japan) – 10.23 million copies sold

 **In the states, Pokemon Red & Blue sold a combined 9.95 million**

Weapons/Powers

Samus – Samus Aran is easily Nintendo’s (and arguably gaming’s) most famous heroine. She is intergalactic bounty hunter, a solider in the Galactic Federation, and she own a cybernetic power suit or better known as the, Varia Suit, which grants her an assortment of supernatural abilities. While Samus is human (and built like a linebacker at 6’3” 198lbs) she is also spliced with Chozo DNA (needed in order to survive Zebes). Her natural physical abilities are greatly enhanced compared to the average human and she is extremely proficient in combat ever without her suit.

Without Varia Suit:

  • Extreme Dexterity – comparable to an Olympic gymnast
  • Genius level intellect
  • World-class marksman
  • Skilled in hand-to-hand combat

With her suit her physical abilities are greatly enhanced, but the Varia suit’s arsenal include:

  • Power Beam – The suit is equipped with a hand cannon armed with powerful energy beam that can quickly destroy even the most lethal enemies.
  • Morph Ball – Allows Samus to morph into a highly fortified ball that can not only navigate the tiniest corners of the galaxy, but also the ability to deploy bombs while in this form.
  • Suit Visor – The suit’s visor allows Samus to hack nearly any computer system. The visor boasts a target-locking system allowing Samus to quickly identify and lock-on to any new species she stumbles across.
  • Speed Boost – The Varia Suit allows Samus supersonic speed allowing her to evade attacks and even break through walls.
  • Enhanced Durability and Adaptability – Samus’ power suit not only increases her ability to withstand damage, but it can also adapt and evolve to quick variance in temperature and pressure

Ash Ketchum

Ash is a Pokemon Master. He’s a relatively humble guy, but also a fierce competitor. He’s got guts. I mean the kid goes out in the wild in a world filled with dinosaur-like monsters and catches them. Some may call it poaching, but Ash calls it sport. Ash has no real physical powers (he’s just a teenager after all), but he does have a team of Pokemon that fight his battles for him. For this tournament I’ll have to limit his roster to five Pokemon to abide by our five weapons/powers rule. His battle line-up will include his most famous/most often used Pokemon from the television show:

  • Pikachu – Ash’s best friend and easily his most powerful Pokemon. While Pikachu has never evolved into his final form (stubborn little bastard) he does wield an enormous amount of electrical attacks including a powerful Thundershock.
  • Pidgeotto – One of Ash’s original catches and a deadly avian. Pidgeotto’s most lethal attach is its Whirlwind, which creates a massive zephyr, stirring up dirt, sand, and even rocks. It is capable of incapacitating even the largest of foes.
  • Squirtle – A loveable turtle with a not-so friendly Hydro Pump and Bubble Beam. Both are powerful water-based attacks. While both are useful attacks, the Hydro Pump is Squirtle’s knockout punch. The Bubble Beam is less potent albeit it can daze and confuse enemies.
  • Kingler – Ash’s anchor. Kingler was his X-factor in the Indigo League Tournament and it is only fair to include such a role player in his lineup. Kingler boasts a Hydro Pump, but its most potent attacks come from its claws: Vice Grip and Crabhammer. Kingler can easily crush an opponent from the pressure of its gigantic pincers.
  • Charizard – It wouldn’t be fair to exclude illest Pokemon Ash ever had. Charizard is a massive, flying, fire-breathing dragon who rarely listen to Ash, but when you suffer from Dragon Rage do you really have to?  While Dragon Rage, increases Charizard’s natural abilities his best move is easily its Flamethrower ability which torches an opponent into a pile of ashes (pun intendend).

Weakness

Samus – Even without her suit Samus is still one bad babe. However the suit is her greatest weapon and her greatest weakness. Operating the suit requires an intense amount of mental fortitude and can cause physical and mental stress on Samus Aran. She has lost control of the suit before (Metroid: Other M) and her grip on reality for brief periods of time.

Ash – Five strikes and you’re out. Ash’s army of trained killing machines is all he has. After they are KO’d he’s done. While the five Pokemon are all deadly in their own right, Ash’s biggest problem is how to properly handle a battle. He is a Pokemon Master, but Ash’s tactical skills leave a lot to be admired. He often makes the wrong choice early and bails himself out later on in a battle.

Edge

Samus Aran– Even with the home field advantage I’m not sure if Ash can match Samus. If he were to launch all five Pokemon out at once at her, he could win this one. However, Ash has never thrown out that many Pokemon out at once. Letting Samus go one-on-one with a monster is child’s play for her. Her day job is killing intergalactic monsters, what’s another few Pokemon.

 

Don’t forget to weigh in on the (1) Link vs. (16) Sub-Zero and (5) Mario Bros. vs. (12) Kirby battles before voting closes!

Next up: the Quarterfinals on Friday, March 18.

Vote on the villain’s bracket here!

 

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Console Carnage Kicks Off With Round 1

Console Carnage is here and the retro love is for real. The final 32 are set and already some serious drama. A few heavy hitters have already been eliminated from contention – no Kratos, no Captain Falcon, goodbye Crash Bandicoot, and sayonara Yoshi.

Link cleared the first round of voting with an astounding 93% of fan votes landing him the tournament’s top spot in the heroes’ bracket. Tie breakers for seeding were decided by total units sold in the characters given franchise. So when both Kirby and Dante pulled in 71% of the votes, Kirby saw himself land the higher seed since his franchise has outsold Dante’s Devil May Cry by over 10 million more copies.

None the less, the final 16 in the heroes’ bracket are here and your vote will help decide which one of these mighty paladins of justice move on to quarterfinals. As always a few ground rules and reminders as we officially begin Console Carnage:

The match-ups are staged in Pokemon Stadium, a massive oval uncovered arena. Meaning that the contestants are not allowed to exit the arena and are forced to fight each other in Pokemon Stadium’s grand stage. Contestants are only allowed a total of 5 powers and weapons; meaning a character like Commander Shepard, can only have three weapons and two powers or vice versa. The fights go until someone is knocked out or presumably incapacitated. The winners are totally dependent on your vote, so vote wisely!

Vote on the heroes below and don’t forget to visit the villains bracket! Click here to vote on the villains!

 

Link (1) vs. Sub-Zero (16)

First Appearance

  • Link – The Legend of Zelda (1987) – Nintendo
  • Sub-Zero – Mortal Kombat (1992) – Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, & Sega Game Gear

 

Most Successful Video Game/Franchise Appearance

  • Link – Twilight Princess (2006) – Nintendo Wii & GameCube – 8.58 million copies sold
  • *Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) sold only 7.60 million copies exclusively for the N64*
  • Sub-Zero – Mortal Kombat X (2015) – approx. 4 million copies sold

 

Powers/Weapons

Link – Link has always saved Hyrule in his notorious green tunic wielding an array of weaponry, a tactical brilliance, and his willpower. But for this event he is limited to what I believe to be his most famous five (Ocarina of Time excluded since it would be an unfair advantage in this tournament)

  • Master Sword – Easily the finest blade in Hyrule. Majestic in style and wields magical properties including the ability to shoot projectiles when Link is unharmed.
  • Hylian Shield – Another gem from the Hyrule arsenal. Nearly indescrutible and decorated with the legendary Triforce, the shield can protect Link from nearly all physical attacks and a wide variety of magic as well.
  • Magical Boomerang & Bomb Bag – His boomerang and bomb bag offer him a unique sense of range. While he can only carry less than a dozen bombs, each one can cause significant damage to a foe. Not to mention his boomerang has the ability to stun an opponent as well as close the distance gap between him and his opponent.
  • Pegasus Boots – His Pegasus Boots (first appeared in Link to the Past) allows the Hylian to run at blistering speeds helping him evade danger.

 

Sub-Zero – aka Bi-Han (the original Sub-Zero). A master assassin  from the Lin Kuei Clan and possesses the abilities of a cyromancer. Sub-Zero is highly adept in combat and he can use his cryomancing abilities to form:

  • Ice shields
  • Ice beams
  • Ice swords
  • Deadly projectiles
  • Ice clones

Weakness

Link – At the end of the day, Link is still just young man typically still an adolescent. While he is able to wield legendary weapons based on the strength of his will he – by male physical standards – weak. While he lacks physical maturity his Pegasus Boots also have a major drawback. He needs a few seconds before he can obtain full speed with them and even when he does he can only run in a straight line. They offer him rare evasive abilities, but with limitations.

Sub-Zero – Unlike, Link, Sub-Zero is a full-grown man. Physically he is stronger than Link, but at the end of the day he is just a human like Link. He may be a skilled assassin, but he is still just a man. As proven in the Mortal Kombat franchise – he can be killed.

Edge

Link – This is damn close to a toss-up especially for a 1 vs 16 battle, but I have to give the edge to Link. The Hylian Shied will offer him significant protection against many of Sub-Zero’s attacks, but the X-factor here is the boomerang and the bomb bag. Link is an expert tactician and can use both the magical boomerang’s range and the bomb’s destructive abilities to keep Sub-Zero on his heels. I could see Link using multiple bombs to disorient the Lin Kuei assassin only to daze him with the boomerang before going in with a finishing blow from the Master Sword.

Commander Shepard (4) vs Dante (13)

First Appearance

  • Commander Shepard – Mass Effect (2007) – Xbox 360
  • Dante – Devil May Cry (2001) – Playstation 2

Most Successful Video Game/Franchise Appearance

  • Commander Shepard – Mass Effect 2 (2010) – Xbox 360/PC – 4.7 million copies sold
  • Dante – Devil May Cry 3 (2008) – 3 million copies sold

Powers/Weapons

Commander Shepard

**Editor’s Note for this tournament Commander Shepard will be classified as a Solider**

Weapons

  • M-96 Mattock Assault Rifle – A semi-automatic assault rifle that offers impressive accuracy and a sniper rifle’s punch. Despite being a semi-automatic the Mattock offers tremendous upside with its precision and power.
  • M-6 Carnifex Hand-Cannon – A highly accurate and powerful sidearm. A weapon that is given to Shepard by franchise favorite, Mordin Solus in ME2. It remains one of the franchises most powerful sidearms. Consider, the M-6 Carnifex’s comical in-game marketing commercial, that features an unarmed civilian as a Krogan charges towards him with the tagline: “Don’t you wish Carnifex was at your side?” – if that isn’t enough of a sell then I don’t know what is.
  • M-920 Cain – Effectively a hand-held nuke. It uses mass effect-based technology to create an enormous blast radius that can eradicate nearly any foe. It requires a significant charge up time and is only a single shot weapon.

Powers

  • Marksman (Adrenaline Rush) – Allows Shepard a limited amount of time to control his adrenaline, effectively slowing down time to allow him greater accuracy. During this period of heighten senses, Shepard’s ability to deal physical damage is also increased.
  • Incendiary Ammo –  Highly-effective ammunition against organics and heavy armor. The ammunition can burn through an opponent’s skin or their armor, the intense heat of the ammunition continues to burn opponents making health regeneration nearly impossible.

Dante

Powers

  • Superhuman Strength/Reflexes/Intellect – Even as a mortal, Dante possess above average strength, agility and intelligence
  • Devil Trigger – Its namesake in the game, but it is effectively Dante’s ability to transform himself into a demonic being; substantially upgrading his physical prowess.

Weapons

  • Ebony & Ivory – His infamous pair of M1911 pistols. Ebony acts as a long distance weapon and Ivory is a rapid fire handgun. The pair create an extremely lethal combination and their powers become exponentially greater when Dante taps into his demonic powers.
  • Rebellion – His father, Sparda’s blade. It is a powerful and magical long blade capable of excessively heavy attacks.
  • Sparda – Demon-forged curved blade that isextremely dangerous when Dante is a demon. With his speed and agility increased, the Sparda is an extremely dangerous weapon in his hands.

Weakness

Commander Shepard – Behind the N7 armor, Shepard is still just a mortal. He may be a brilliant tactician and leader who has made a career of overcoming the impossible. However, his biggest limitation is still being a human being. It should also be noted that Shepard is use to fighting alongside a team. He is tremendously skilled in his own right, but Shepard rarely goes into battle on his own.

Dante – Being a demon humanoid, Dante is damn near immortal, but like any demi-God (or in this case demon) they still have human afflictions. Dante can still be wounded and even killed, albeit he is much tougher to bring down in his demonic state since all of his physical attributes are drastically increased including his durability. His arrogance can also be a limitation for him, he often holds back believing that he doesn’t have to showcase his true power to defeat an adversary.

Edge

Push – It is tough to bet against Dante. After all the man killed the lord of all demons, Mundus, but then again he’s going against Commander Shepard. The same Shepard, who single handily took down a Reaper on Rannoch. Shepard is a master tactician who excels in the most dire of situations. There’s no question Dante has the physical edge, but when it comes to weapons Shepard’s arsenal and marksman ability even the playing field. Both characters are at home on the battlefield and that makes this contest far too close to call.

Mario & Luigi (5) vs. Kirby (12)

First Appearance

  • Mario & Luigi – Super Mario Bros. (1985) – Nintendo
  • Kirby – Kirby’s Dreamland (1992) – Game Boy

Most Successful Video Game/ Franchise Appearance

  • Mario & Luigi – Super Mario Bros (1985) – Nintendo – 40.24 million copies sold to date
  • Kirby – Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) – Nintendo Wii – 12.93 million copies sold

**Note: Kirby’s Dreamland (1992), is the franchise’s most successful individual title with 5.13 million copies sold**

Powers/Weapons

Mario & Luigi –The Mario brothers are a pair of plumbers with insurmountable spirit. They can jump higher than Michael Jordan, crush a Koopa Troopa’s shell and despite their incredibly short strides are insanely quick. In addition, their impressive physical abilities are greatly exaggerated by the aid of Mushroom Kingdom’s finest vegetation better known as “Power-Ups.”

**Note for this tournament I will give each only two Power-Ups for their own character usage. The ‘Star’ Power-Up will be effectively a one-time use for either Mario or Luigi**

Mario

  • Super MushroomEnlarges Mario to gargantuan proportions. Standing nearly 10-stories tall Mario can crush the largest of objects with ease.
  • Cape Flower – Grants Mario a yellow cape allowing him fly, glide, and slam down onto unsuspecting foes.

 

Luigi

  • Fire Flower – Allows Luigi to shoot fireballs out his mouth. No joke, Luigi spits hot fire.
  • Super Leaf – Turns Luigi into a raccoon suit that allows him to enlarge in size, fly, and use his tail to incapacitate enemies.

Shared (Only one of the characters can use this Power-Up)

  • Super Star – The duo’s ‘one-off’ power and ultimately their trump card. It can turn one of the brothers into an unstoppable force for a limited time. For approximately 20 seconds one of the Mario brothers will become a shining, blinking, dashing weapon of mass destruction.

Kirby

Powers – Kirby doesn’t necessarily have any particular powers in his natural state. His body is round, bubbly, pink (originally white), and is somewhat malleable. He can squish himself flat to avoid trouble and he is able to jump and dodge objects with relative ease despite his plump physical stature. However, his greatest strength is his appetite. Kirby’s hunger is dangerous.

  • Copy Ability – Kirby has a unique ability to create a vacuum and devour helpless enemies. As he consumes them, he takes over their powers. Whatever or whoever Kirby eats, he is immediately granted their physical characteristics. If Kirby ate a fire-breathing dragon, then he’d develop the same fire-breathing ability as that said dragon – pretty damn scary for a Jigglypuff looking thing ain’t it?

Weakness

Mario & Luigi –Without their Power-Ups, the Mario Bros. are just a pair of plumbers with lonely hearts and a serious case of herpetophobia. They rely on their Mushroom Kingdom goodies to overcome their greatest challenges.

Kirby – Without anything in his mouth, Kirby’s basically a marshmallow. He doesn’t have any sort of speed and cannot close a gap without the aid of a host’s powers. He also doesn’t possess any physical powers that could cause any significant harm. In order to be a threat, he needs a powerful host. If you can keep your distance, Kirby is essentially just a round, pink parasite.

Edge

Mario & Luigi – This is a very lose contest between two Nintendo legends. However, the edge comes down to the veteran pair. The Mario Bros. savvy, moxie, and their Power-Ups get them out of this deadly jam. Luigi can keep Kirby occupied from afar with the Fire Flower and even if Kirby ingests them as they come in I don’t see Kirby being able to eat a Big Mushroom-powered Mario’s foot as Mario curb stomps him into oblivion.

 

Master Chief (8) vs Lara Croft (9)

First Appearance

  • Master Chief – Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) – Xbox
  • Lara Croft – Tomb Raider (1996) – Playstation

Most Successful Video Game/Franchise Appearance

  • Master Chief – Halo 3 (2007) – 12.06 million copies sold
  • Lara Croft – Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) – over 8.5 million copies sold to date

Powers/Weapons

Powers

Master Chief – Master Chief is a genetically altered super solider in the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) who was put into in the SPARTAN II Project. Under the SPARTAN II Project Master Chief has been granted:

  • Superhuman reflexes
  • Ability to see in the dark
  • Enhanced durability (nearly indestructible exoskeleton)
  • Superhuman strength – he can lift nearly 3x his own body weight

Laura Croft – The British bombshell is a skilled marksman, survival expert, and a superb intellect.

Weapons

Master Chief

  • MJOLNIR V Armor – His custom-made armor essentially turns him into a superhero. With his genetic modifications via the SPARTAN II Project, the MJOLINIR armor helps boost his durability with its titanium casing, helps boost his strength and agility, and also greatly enhances his recovery process. He can quickly recover via biofoam medi-gel that the suit automatically distributes anytime he sustains a breach in the suit or serious wound.
  • MA5D-ICWS – The MA5D-ICWS assault rifle is an automatic rifle that is superb for close quarter combat. Not the strongest of guns in the Halo universe, but easily one of the most effective.
  • M6D Pistol – The M6D is a UNSC-instituted sidearm that has an effective punch and even more impressive limited recoil. Along with its impressive wallop, the M6D can hold nearly 100 rounds of ammunition.
  • M9 Grenade – A highly explosive infantry grenade used by the UNSC. Even though it is called a dual-purpose grenade it acts essentially as a frag grenade.

Lara Croft

  • Dual Col Mark IV 1911 Pistols – The original pistols of the franchise. They might be a little old school, but these are the same .357-caliber bullets that took down a T-Rex.
  • Sprite TR-2 Shotgun w/ grenade attachment– It ain’t pretty as an elongated polygon in Tomb Raider 2, but it packs a punch.

 **For this contest we’ll combine the upgrade seen in the relaunch of the franchise, which adds a grenade attachment to gun, but for the novelty of it we’ll make it one of the original shotguns in the franchise.**

  • Tactical Knife – Nothing fancy bout the combat knife, but a useful close-quarters weapon
  • Compound Bow – Croft’s best stealth weapon. She can take out multiple enemies silently from afar with her bow. Not to mention, she can light a few arrow tips on fire – you know to really get the party started.

Weakness

Master Chief – With his genetic mutations and the MJOLNIR armor he’s damn near indestructible. However, he is still just a solider. With enough ammunition and firepower, even his MJOLNIR armor can be breached.

Lara Croft – The reality of Lara Croft is, she’s just an archaeologist. She may be a survivor first and a killer second, but that doesn’t erase the point she’s extremely vulnerable. She has no special powers. Will and courage only can get you so far.

Edge

Master Chief – As much of a badass as Lara Croft is I just can’t see her winning this one. She’s outgunned. Her best chance is to do any sort of serious damage is with her grenades and hope to get a lucky strike with her bow after that. She might be able to outsmart Master Chief for a short while, but in an enclosed arena like Pokemon Stadium Master Chief’s superior armor, physical attributes, and technologically advanced weaponry are too much for the heroine.

 

Upcoming Console Carnage battles: (2) Megaman vs (15) Sonic the Hedgehog, (4,(7) Cloud Strife vs. (10) Ezio), (6) Solid Snake vs (11) Ryu, and (3) Samus vs (14) Ash Ketchum.

Don’t forget to vote on the villains this week!

 

 

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