The 'Shroom:Issue 106/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 the final round of voting!


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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.


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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 24th, 2015 32 participants 16 advance to next round
Finish: October 10th, 2015
Round 2: Sudden Death Start: October 24th, 2015 October 31st, 2015 2 participants 1 advances to Round 3
Finish: October 31st, 2015
Round 3 Start: October 24th, 2015 * November 21st, 2015 16 participants 8 advance to next round
Finish: November 14th, 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 26th, 2015 January 23rd, 2016 4 participants 2 advance to next round
Finish: January 16th, 2016
Round 6 Start: January 23rd, 2016 February 20th, 2016 2 participants Winner is announced
Finish: February 13th, 2016

* — Voting for Round 3: Bracket 4 will start and finish one week after both listed dates.


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Links Notes
  • Green text denotes addition from last tournament.
  • Red text denotes removal from last year.
  • 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!

Mewtwo VS. Luigi
Artwork of Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Luigi advances to the next round! Artwork of Luigi, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
26 votes!
Mewtwo loses!
54 votes!
Luigi wins!

Mario VS. Yoshi
Artwork of Mario, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Yoshi advances to the next round! Yoshi in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
28 votes!
Mario loses!
53 votes!
Yoshi wins!

Round 6

Vote for who you want to win the tournament!

Luigi VS. Yoshi
Artwork of Luigi, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. Yoshi in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.

The 'Shroom 106
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