The 'Shroom:Issue 102/Ultimate Character Tournament

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Welcome to the Ultimate Character Tournament 2015!

Click here to view last month's winners and losers!

Click here to jump straight to this month's round of voting!

Introduction

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Back in September 2009, Ralphfan (talk) posted the idea of doing the Ultimate Character Tournament — a series of polls in a bracket-style "tournament" to determine the best character from several video game series. Originally, it was supposed to coincide with the anniversary festivities in 2010, but due to skepticism from the committee, the project was supported by The 'Shroom instead and became more closely affiliated with the publication. Planning meetings were held throughout the last few months of 2009, and the event ran from January 2010 through August 2010. It was considered one of the first major events that The 'Shroom had ever sponsored and was widely successful, pulling in hundreds of votes for each poll that was posted.

Five years later, The 'Shroom staff has decided to host a second Ultimate Character Tournament to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the event and the 100th edition of the newsletter! Several major changes have been made, though, in order to make it a truly ultimate character tournament:

  • Planning meetings were scrapped in order to set the event up quickly and efficiently. Instead, Super Mario Bros. (talk) created the bracket with advice from the Core Staff, and will be the manager.
  • The list of "tournament participants" (characters) has been streamlined from 234 participants to 72 participants in order to maintain focus.
  • Whereas the focus of the original tournament was mostly on the Mario series, the event has been expanded to include major characters from 30 different franchises.


How It Works

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  • The tournament will feature characters from various video game franchises going head-to-head in a series of polls.
  • The participants specifically featured in the bracket are:
    • All playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series, including alternative costumes, with the exception of the Pokémon Trainer character from Super Smash Bros. Brawl; instead, Ivysaur and Squirtle (who were components of the aforementioned scrapped character) were individually included in the bracket
    • Tabuu, who is the central boss character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
    • Four characters total from the Rare franchises Banjo and Conker, in honor of the last tournament and Rare's 30th anniversary
  • Two participants will be listed in every poll, and the voters will decide who wins and moves on to the next bracket.
  • There will be one round of voting held every month, including a preliminary round to be held this month. The participants in the preliminary round were specifically chosen due to either being third-party franchises or being alternative costumes in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U, though the match-ups themselves are randomized. The match-ups for Round 1 have also been randomized.


Schedule

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Round # Voting Period Results Announced Participants Advancements
Preliminary Round Start: July 18th, 2015 August 15th, 2015 16 participants 8 place in tournament
Finish: August 8th, 2015
Round 1 Start: August 22nd, 2015 September 19th, 2015 64 participants 32 advance to next round
Finish: September 12th, 2015
Round 2 Start: September 19th, 2015 October 17th, 2015 32 participants 16 advance to next round
Finish: October 10th, 2015
Round 3 Start: October 17th, 2015 November 21st, 2015 16 participants 8 advance to next round
Finish: November 7th, 2015
Round 4 Start: November 21st, 2015 December 19th, 2015 8 participants 4 advance to next round
Finish: December 12th, 2015
Round 5 Start: December 19th, 2015 January 16th, 2016 4 participants 2 advance to next round
Finish: January 9th, 2016
Round 6 Start: January 16th, 2016 February 20th, 2016 2 participants Winner is announced
Finish: February 6th, 2016


Information

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Links Notes
  • Green text denotes addition from last tournament.
  • Red text denotes removal from last year.
  • Blue text denotes participant being defeated in tournament.
  • Green text denotes participant has advanced to the next round.
  • Red text denotes participant has been defeated.
  • Blue text denotes participants have tied.


Previous Round

The winners from last month!

Sheik VS. Mewtwo
Sheik in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Mewtwo advances to the next round! Artwork of Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
30 votes!
Sheik loses!
66 votes!
Mewtwo wins!


Ryu VS. King Dedede
Artwork of Ryu from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U King Dedede advances to the next round! Artwork of King Dedede from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
29 votes!
Ryu loses!
64 votes!
King Dedede wins!


Falco VS. R.O.B.
Falco Lombardi Falco advances to the next round! ROBSSB4EN.png
47 votes!
Falco wins!
46 votes!
R.O.B. loses!


Ludwig von Koopa VS. Zero Suit Samus
LudwigNSMBU.png Ludwig von Koopa advances to the next round! Zero Suit Samus in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
46 votes!
Ludwig von Koopa wins!
44 votes!
Zero Suit Samus loses!


Pit VS. Duck Hunt
Pit's artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Pit advances to the next round! Duck Hunt
50 votes!
Pit wins!
42 votes!
Duck Hunt loses!


Lucas VS. Sonic
Artwork of Lucas for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Sonic advances to the next round! Artwork of Sonic the Hedgehog, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
41 votes!
Lucas loses!
53 votes!
Sonic wins!


Alph VS. Toon Link
Alph Toon Link advances to the next round! Artwork of Toon Link for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
21 votes!
Alph loses!
72 votes!
Toon Link wins!


Donkey Kong VS. Jigglypuff
SSB4 - Donkey Kong Artwork.png Donkey Kong advances to the next round! JigglypuffSSB4.png
61 votes!
Donkey Kong wins!
32 votes!
Jigglypuff loses!


Pac-Man VS. Villager
Artwork of Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Pac-Man advances to the next round! Villager's artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
48 votes!
Pac-Man wins!
41 votes!
Villager loses!


Wario VS. Zelda
Wario from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Wario advances to the next round! Artwork of Princess Zelda in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
57 votes!
Wario wins!
33 votes!
Zelda loses!


Bowser VS. Olimar
SSB4 - Bowser Artwork.png Bowser advances to the next round! Artwork of Captain Olimar, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
66 votes!
Bowser wins!
24 votes!
Olimar loses!


Ice Climbers VS. Luigi
Ice Climbers Luigi advances to the next round! Artwork of Luigi, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
20 votes!
Ice Climbers lose!
73 votes!
Luigi wins!


Shulk VS. Ness
Artwork of Shulk, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Ness advances to the next round! Ness
38 votes!
Shulk loses!
48 votes!
Ness wins!


Squirtle VS. Diddy Kong
Squirtle Diddy Kong advances to the next round! Diddy Kong from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
41 votes!
Squirtle loses!
44 votes!
Diddy Kong wins!


Morton Koopa VS. Dr. Mario
MortonNSMBU.png Morton Koopa advances to the next round! Dr. Mario artwork.
45 votes!
Morton Koopa wins!
42 votes!
Dr. Mario loses!


Pichu VS. Peach
Pichu Peach advances to the next round! Wii U Peach artwork.png
29 votes!
Pichu loses!
56 votes!
Peach wins!


Kirby VS. Link
Kirby's artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Kirby advances to the next round! SSB4 - Link Artwork.png
60 votes!
Kirby wins!
26 votes!
Link loses!


Bowser Jr. VS. Little Mac
Bowser Jr. from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Bowser Jr. advances to the next round! Artwork of Little Mac for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
62 votes!
Bowser Jr. wins!
20 votes!
Little Mac loses!


Wii Fit Trainer VS. Lemmy Koopa
SSB4 - Wii Fit Trainer Artwork.png Lemmy Koopa advances to the next round! Lemmy Koopa NSMBU.png
25 votes!
Wii Fit Trainer loses!
57 votes!
Lemmy Koopa wins!


Pikachu VS. Palutena
SSB4 - Pikachu Artwork.png Pikachu advances to the next round! Artwork of Palutena, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
55 votes!
Pikachu wins!
25 votes!
Palutena loses!


Roy Koopa VS. Lucario
NSMBU Roy Artwork.png Lucario advances to the next round! Lucario's artwork for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
37 votes!
Roy Koopa loses!
47 votes!
Lucario wins!


Ivysaur VS. Mario
Ivysaur Mario advances to the next round! Artwork of Mario, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
18 votes!
Ivysaur loses!
66 votes!
Mario wins!


Samus VS. Greninja
SSB4 - Samus Artwork.png Samus advances to the next round! Greninja in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
48 votes!
Samus wins!
33 votes!
Greninja loses!


Marth VS. Dark Pit
Artwork of Marth, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Dark Pit advances to the next round! Dark Pit
33 votes!
Marth loses!
46 votes!
Dark Pit wins!


Roy VS. Robin
Roy's artwork in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Robin advances to the next round! Artwork of Robin, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
36 votes!
Roy loses!
42 votes!
Robin wins!


Ganondorf VS. Captain Falcon
Ganondorf Captain Falcon advances to the next round! Artwork of Captain Falcon, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
28 votes!
Ganondorf loses!
49 votes!
Captain Falcon wins!


Lucina VS. Wolf
Artwork of Lucina, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Wolf advances to the next round! Wolf
34 votes!
Lucina loses!
44 votes!
Wolf wins!


Meta Knight VS. Mega Man
Artwork of Meta Knight, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Meta Knight advances to the next round! Mega Man's artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
47 votes!
Meta Knight wins!
32 votes!
Mega Man loses!


Young Link VS. Tabuu
Young Link Young Link advances to the next round! Tabuu
46 votes!
Young Link wins!
34 votes!
Tabuu loses!


Yoshi VS. Fox
Yoshi in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Yoshi advances to the next round! Fox McCloud's artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
68 votes!
Yoshi wins!
17 votes!
Fox loses!


Rosalina VS. Mr. Game & Watch
Artwork of Rosalina and Luma, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Rosalina advances to the next round! Mr. Game & Watch
53 votes!
Rosalina wins!
29 votes!
Mr. Game & Watch loses!


Ike VS. Charizard
Ike Charizard advances to the next round! Charizard in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
33 votes!
Ike loses!
46 votes!
Charizard wins!


Round 2

Vote for who you want to advance in the tournament!

Mewtwo VS. King Dedede
Artwork of Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Artwork of King Dedede from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Falco VS. Ludwig von Koopa
Falco Lombardi LudwigNSMBU.png


Pit VS. Sonic
Pit's artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Artwork of Sonic the Hedgehog, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Toon Link VS. Donkey Kong
Artwork of Toon Link for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U SSB4 - Donkey Kong Artwork.png


Pac-Man VS. Wario
Artwork of Pac-Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Wario from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Bowser VS. Luigi
SSB4 - Bowser Artwork.png Artwork of Luigi, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Ness VS. Diddy Kong
Ness Diddy Kong from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Morton Koopa VS. Peach
MortonNSMBU.png Wii U Peach artwork.png


Kirby VS. Bowser Jr.
Kirby's artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Bowser Jr. from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U


Lemmy Koopa VS. Pikachu
Lemmy Koopa NSMBU.png SSB4 - Pikachu Artwork.png


Lucario VS. Mario
Lucario's artwork for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Artwork of Mario, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Samus VS. Dark Pit
SSB4 - Samus Artwork.png Dark Pit


Robin VS. Captain Falcon
Artwork of Robin, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Artwork of Captain Falcon, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Wolf VS. Meta Knight
Wolf Artwork of Meta Knight, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Young Link VS. Yoshi
Young Link Yoshi in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.


Rosalina VS. Charizard
Artwork of Rosalina and Luma, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Charizard in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.



The 'Shroom 102
Staff sections Opening Statement
The 'Shroom SpotlightAwards Director Election
Sub-teams Fake NewsFun StuffPalette SwapPipe PlazaCritic CornerStrategy Wing
Specials Ultimate Character Tournament
Closing Statement