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SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Final Showdown Information

posted Aug 19, 2012, 8:20 AM by Eric G

Hello everyone! After many weeks of trivia questions, results posts, and discussion in The Blargg Pit chat, it's finally time for the Showdown between the top two scorers of this competition. This will determine who takes home the gold medal and who has to settle with silver (which is still a great accomplishment, by the way). SlimKirby and MegaFreak400 are the two that were skilled enough to make it this far. If you were around this community long enough, you might remember that for SM41's Supreme Mario Trivia Challenge back in 2008, I hosted an event called the "Bowser Battle" that was essentially a 1-on-1 duel to determine the winner. While there was a lot of exciting trivia action, the problem was that it was held privately and no one was able to witness the close match that we had other than me and the two contestants. Plus, in a competition that was not at all speed-based, it felt slightly out of place to have the final showdown be all about speed. Thus, after thinking for a long time about this contest, I've come up with a way that this will be done. 

SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge's Final Showdown will be in the style of a game show that is hosted via Skype and will be streaming live for everyone to listen in on TwitchTV; however you can all use #sm41triviahq to chat about the trivia questions as the match is in progress and even play along if you want. It's going to be difficult to explain all of the rules and how everything will work, as I will be relying on multiple programs at once, but everything should work out in the end. 

The game will last for 25 questions, much like the weekly rounds of this competition. I have prepared a total of 32 questions: three from each of the single-topic rounds and four from each of the dual-topic rounds (i.e. in the DK/Smash round, there are 2 DK questions and 2 Smash questions). Players will alternate choosing questions from the ten rounds, with one player selecting even-numbered questions and the other player selecting odd-numbered questions. Each question is worth 1 point, they are all around the same level of difficulty, and they are all from major games (in terms of quality and popularity) in each series. For the Bit Wars and New Millennium sets of questions, those games covered are big titles that were already covered in their respective rounds, so you won't see something new and obscure anywhere in this final bout.

 Both players will select 12 questions, bringing the total to 24 points...but of course there has to be a bonus chance somewhere! That is where the aspect of the audience comes in, as the final question asked will be from a round that is chosen by the majority vote of the audience. That is why you really should tune in; not only can you play along as the contest is happening, but you get to contribute and potentially be a big factor at the end of the match. Of course, though, it would not be the same without risky questions in the mix, so questions 5, 10, 15, and 20 will have that risky attribute regardless of which individual questions are chosen by the two participants to fill those slots. This will give each player two choices as to what the risky questions should be and could potentially result in a lot of strategy in what order the questions are selected. Like I said, there are 3 questions from each single-topic rounds and 4 questions from the dual-topic rounds, so it might not be wise to use up the rounds at which you are the best right away! For example, once all three questions in the Zelda round have been selected, there won't be any additional Zelda questions left and you will have to pick from other rounds...might be best to save these for the risky questions in hopes of messing with your opponent, but I'll leave that to SlimKirby and MegaFreak400 to decide. The final question (25) chosen by the audience will also have the risky status attached to it, so it can definitely prove to be quite a game-changer right at the end!

The final thing I should mention is that, because MegaFreak400 was in first place by 2 points at the end of the 10th round, those points will carry over and he will start with a 2-point lead in the final battle. To make up for this, though, SlimKirby will be able to choose whether or not he wants to pick first (odd-numbered questions) or second (even-numbered questions); the selection order of questions can make all the difference, but it might still be an uphill battle for Slim. However, with 20 standard questions, the choice of risky questions and the final bonus chance selected by the audience, there is plenty going on that it can be anyone's game to win! 

Skype will be used to host a conference call between SlimKirby, MegaFreak400 and I during the contest -- I will be reading the questions aloud to them and posting them in a Skype chat between the three of us in case they would rather read the question. After I finish reading the question, they will have 20 seconds to send their answers to me privately on Skype (thus, it eliminates the speed factor of who answers first, but you still have to answer in a timely manner) and points will be awarded based on whether or not their answers are correct. While all of this is going on, those who want to spectate can listen to the call by streaming the audio from TwitchTV and can chat about the questions or play along and try to answer in #sm41triviahq (I will post the questions there as well during the contest). When it comes time for me to poll the audience as to what the final question should be, I will go to #sm41triviahq and present everyone with the remaining options for them to vote on. I will take the majority vote and use that as the final question for SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge.

So, I'm pretty sure that covers everything for this final event...except for when the hell this actually takes place! The final showdown for SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM EDT (GMT -5). I would ask that the contestants (MegaFreak400 and SlimKirby) please arrive at about 6:30 - 6:45 to make sure we can get everything working. If you all have any questions, please let me know as soon as possible! Thank you very much and I hope to see you all on Wednesday night for the conclusion of this summer event!


SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 10 Results

posted Aug 15, 2012, 8:16 PM by Eric G   [ updated Aug 15, 2012, 8:18 PM ]

Well this is it ladies and gentlemen! The last round of SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge has ended; it's time to post the results and find out the true final scores of this competition. Much like Round 4, this was another hybrid round, but the two themes actually somewhat complemented each other this time, so it's interesting to see the results. Also, this was only open to the top 5 people that were able to make it this far. I would expect them to all do very well, but how did they actually do? Let's find out!


1. What is the name of the character that serves as the main antagonist of Donkey Kong Jr.? None other than the plumber we all know and love today, it's-a Mario!

2. In Donkey Kong 64, what is the name of the world in which the player is often bombarded with falling rocks until the gigantic Kosha that was causing this was defeated? Crystal Caves, which was significantly more tolerable after disposing of this baddie

3. In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, what is the name of the stage in the Lost World in which the player must transform into five different animal buddies to reach the end? Arguably the hardest level in the game but definitely one of the most unique, it's Animal Antics

4. What are the only two buttons on the GBA that are used to control the playable character in DK: King of Swing? The L and R buttons

5. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, what popular hot-selling items did Donkey Kong steal from Mario’s factory after seeing a commercial on television, prompting the events of the game to occur? The amazing new Mini-Mario Toys! It walks, it talks, it says "Mamma Mia!" Buy one, buy them all! Buy them all! Buy them all...

6. In Donkey Kong Country, which of the following stages is not in Kremkroc Industries Inc.?
A. Oil Drum Alley
B. Poison Pond
C. Blackout Basement
D. Tanked Up Trouble
E. Elevator Antics

7. What is the name of the mysterious banana-shaped character from the planet Plantean that makes its first and only appearance in DK: Jungle Climber? Xananab, which is banana spelled backwards with an X at the beginning...being from outer space there HAS to be an X, Q, or Z in its name

8. Diddy Kong Racing featured different colored balloons that the player could collect to receive different types of power-ups. State what type of power-up the player would receive with each color of balloon listed below.
i. Red Balloon - Offensive missiles that could be shot at other players
ii. Blue Balloon - Boosts that can be used to increase your speed temporarily
iii. Green Balloon - Hazards that the player can leave on the track for an unsuspecting racer to hit
iv. Purple Balloon - A shield that can protect the player for a limited time

9. In any respective world in Donkey Kong Country Returns, what needs to be collected in every level to unlock the Key Temple (#-K) level in said world? All of the K-O-N-G letters

10. In which of the following worlds in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat did the player not face a boss with the word “Kong” in its name?
A. Melon Kingdom (boss: Bloat-Hog)
B. Banana Kingdom (boss: Dread Kong)
C. Star Fruit Kingdom (boss: Sumo Kong)
D. Pineapple Kingdom (boss: Karate Kong)
E. Durian Kingdom (boss: Ninja Kong)

11. In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble, what are the names of the enemies that would carry a shield with a DK Coin attached to it and could only be defeated if hit from behind with a barrel? Koin -- There's one in every level, but at least they don't attack like the Koindozers.

12. Name any three songs that were featured in the North American version of the game Donkey Konga. Too many possible songs to list; you can check out the answer to this question here.

13. What is the name of the single-player game mode in Super Smash Bros. (N64) that did not make its return in any of the subsequent games in the series? Board the Platforms, which is way better than Brawl's target test

14. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s Subspace Emissary mode, after Tabuu turns everyone into trophies, which three characters revert back to their normal forms due to the medals that King Dedede placed on them? Ness, Luigi, and Kirby are the characters that are spared. Although King Dedede is transformed back as well, it is only after those original three characters are revived that Dedede gets up again. Thus, I only accepted those three as the answer

15. Which of the following characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee does not have a move that inflicts fire damage to the opponent?
A. Mr. Game & Watch
B. Zelda
C. Dr. Mario
D. Roy
E. Young Link

16. Who did the player always have to fight against in the second-to-last stage of Classic Mode in Super Smash Bros. (N64)? Announcer: VERSUS... FIGHTING POLYGON TEAM!

17. Who are the only three characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee that can perform a wall grapple (renamed “tether recovery” in Brawl)? Link, Young Link, and Samus. The usability of this move was significantly improved in Brawl as it was extremely limited in Melee.

18. Name two characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl that are capable of freezing an opponent with one or more of their attacks. Any two of the following characters: Ice Climbers, Lucas, and Mr. Game & Watch

19. Who are the only two playable characters that have to be unlocked before they can be used in all three Super Smash Bros. games? Luigi and Jigglypuff

20. In Super Smash Bros. (N64), what is the name of the small item that can be planted on the floor or on a wall and then explode if any character touches said item, causing high damage and knockback? Quite possibly my favorite item in the series, let alone just this game, it's the deadly motion sensor bomb

21. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, what is the name of the game mode in which players can face off against Fighting Wire Frames that are extremely difficult to defeat and can easily KO the player with a single attack? Cruel lives up to its name

22. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which of the following stages does not have any hazards that can potentially harm or displace fighters?
A. Bridge of Eldin 
B. Summit
C. Distant Planet
D. Mario Circuit
E. Shadow Moses Island

23. Name three characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl whose up + special moves (recovery moves in most cases) cannot actually deal any damage to an opponent under any circumstances. Any three of the following characters: Jigglypuff, Ice Climbers, Pit, R.O.B., and Lucario

24. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, which three characters are battled against in Event Match 43: Birds of Prey? I think everyone was quick to point out the flaw in this question, but I didn't send out a correction e-mail because everyone still got it right. The player, controlling Fox, has to fight against Falco and Captain Falcon


You have fought long and hard for a chance to be in this final round of trivia and now it’s time to unleash your final smash. Introduced in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the final smash mechanic could potentially turn the tides of a match, instantly resulting in one or more KOs. Of course, in order to properly execute a final smash, you must both have mastery over your own movements and be able to predict an opponent’s moves as well. If you can do both of these things, then the final smash could be the key to victory and a way for you to get one final bonus point.

To successfully earn a bonus point here, you must predict the total amount of points earned between you and one other contestant of your choice (out of 24 points each). For example, if you think that you scored 20 points and the user you select scored 21 points, your prediction for this bonus would be 41 points. You are allowed a range of 2 points lower than the actual total scores and you will still be awarded the point, but if the actual score is higher than your prediction, the final smash will miss.

So, if you predict that you and one other user combined will score 30 points, you will get the bonus point if the combined score is 30, 29, or 28 points. Anything else will prevent you from using the final smash and you will miss out on your bonus point.

4/5 were able to perform their final smash!


Being that this is the final round, you can now see the total scores for the entire contest! Check 'em out!

Fifth place: johnf3545, fourth place: ThePastaKing, third place: GaiaCrusher9 -- those are the positions that are confirmed thus far for SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge. The top two competitors, MegaFreak400 and SlimKirby, will compete in one final showdown to determine the winner of this grand competition. More information will be posted about the final showdown later this weekend!


This was the final round of the contest and a fitting end, indeed, as everyone actually did very well to close things out. Of course, I expected that this would be the case, but you guys still exceeded my expectations. The question that everyone seemed to struggle on was the one about Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, which is admittedly a somewhat underplayed game. Regardless, there really isn't much to say as the numbers all speak for themselves. This round can be summarized by the word "almost," as almost everyone got the bonus correct, almost everyone scored perfectly on the Smash Bros. questions, and almost everyone answered the risky questions for Donkey Kong right. Regardless, like I said, everyone did very well and everyone in the top five should be extremely proud of their scores.

As I mentioned, though, this contest is not yet over! SlimKirby and MegaFreak400 must still compete in a showdown to determine who will come out as the overall winner. More information for this event will be posted soon, but it will be a live show that you will not want to miss!

I just want to send out one final thank you to everyone that participated in this contest. Obviously something like this cannot exist without amazing participants, so thanks for making it all possible! Check back here for information on the final event this weekend.


PS. You all love pointing out when I'm late with these updates, so let this day go down in history as being one time when I was early!

SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 9 Results

posted Aug 11, 2012, 9:58 AM by Eric G

Good morning everyone! With the last round reserved for the top five players of this competition, it's time to reveal the results to see who made it and who fell just a bit short. Because the final round is only the top scoring players and the difference between the five contestants is not very much, the competition should be at its fiercest yet. First, though, let's see the answers and scores for round 9. ALL AIRCRAFT REPORT!


1. According to the backstory of the Star Fox series, which character was a former member of the Star Fox team but betrayed them on a mission to Venom, resulting in James McCloud being captured and presumably killed by Andross? Some basic Star Fox history to start things off, Pigma Dengar is the one that left James McCloud to rot on Venom

2. In Star Fox 64, what is the name of the aquatic area that is the only one in which the player controlls a submarine? What is the name of this submarine that is loaded with infinite torpedos? Aquas is the planet and the Blue Marine is the submarine. The real question is what was the significance of the "bioweapon" on Aquas?

3. In Star Fox Command, which character replaces General Pepper as General of the Cornerian Army? Peppy Hare...or General Peppy Hare to you!

4. What is the name of the carnivorous dinosaur tribe that is locked up in the Walled City by the EarthWalkers in Star Fox Adventures? The RedEye Tribe

5. In Star Fox Assault, what is the name of the weapon that Fox uses to blast enemies when he is on the wing of Falco’s Arwing in Fichina? One of the coolest segments in the game, Fox wields the Plasma Cannon atop Falco's Arwing!

6. In the original Star Fox on the SNES, which of the following stages is not in the “hard” route to Venom?
A. Asteroid Field
B. Space Armada
C. Sector Z
D. Fortuna
E. Macbeth

7. In Star Fox 64, what is the name of the planet/area in which hot temperatures will constantly deplete the Arwing’s energy? Solar -- it's actually funny to enter this area with a fellow Star Fox member at extremely low health as they will have to retreat right at the start of the mission

8. In Star Fox Adventures, when talking to Queen of the EarthWalker Tribe, what does Fox learn that he needs to collect and return to the two Force Point Temples on Sauria? Fox must return the Spellstones

9. Star Fox 64 3D was a remake of Star Fox 64 on the Nintendo 3DS with several enhancements made to the original game. Which of the following is not one of the improvements or gameplay changes that were made?

A. The game’s voices have been dubbed in more languages than just English and Japanese 
B. It is possible to save in between missions rather than having to get from Corneria to Venom in one sitting 
C. After completing the game for the first time, an all-new Score Attack mode is unlocked
D. The logo of the Cornerian army has been changed to the one used in Star Fox Assault
E. There are now two versions of Training Mode in the game, one focusing on the Arwing and the second focusing on the Landmaster

10. In Star Fox Command, what is the full name of the grandson of Andross who is also a member of the Cornerian Army and looks up to Fox and his team? Dash Bowman, who either ends up serving Corneria or succeeding Andross in his schemes based on your choices!

11. What classic arcade game can be unlocked in Star Fox Assault if the player collects silver medals in all 10 of the single-player missions? Xevious

12. What is the name of the game that was finished and planned for release on the SNES as a sequel to Star Fox, but was canceled and instead Star Fox 64 was created as a retelling of the first game? Star Fox 2 was the game, which I believe can actually be played on an emulator since the game was fully completed

13. In Star Fox Command, what is the name of the signature vehicle that is used by Amanda, Slippy’s girlfriend? Tadpole

14. Excluding Venom, on which two stages in Star Fox 64 can the player potentially encounter Star Wolf? Fortuna (which is really supposed to be Fichina) and Bolse Defense Outpost

15. What is the name of the area in Star Fox Adventures in which Fox first finds Krystal’s staff, which is used as his main weapon throughout the game? Thorntail Hollow

16. In the Star Fox series, what is the name of the robotic operator of the Great Fox who can also provide team Star Fox with helpful supplies in a pinch? ROB 64 would always confirm the team's location and send helpful supplies!

17. In Star Fox Assault, what is the name of the object that Pigma steals from team Star Fox after taking down a giant Aparoid on Katina, causing the team to pursue him and eventually take it back in the Asteroid Belt? The Core Memory (seriously, it takes a long time to get this damn thing back)

18. In Star Fox 64, Sector X is the only area from which the player can access three possible planets/areas for the next level. What are the three planets/areas that the player can travel to from Sector X? Titania if Slippy is swatted out of the sky by the boss, Macbeth if the boss is defeated before hitting Slippy, and Sector Z if the player manages to fly through all the warps. Just needed the three level names for this one, though!

19. In Star Fox Assault’s multiplayer mode, although Krystal how relatively low stats compared to the rest of the cast, what unique perk does she have that makes her a viable choice? Krystal starts with two barriers instead of one. I still don't think this really puts her above the rest, since you can find barriers scattered throughout the level, but it does make her a good choice for 1 hit kill game modes since those barriers provide some invaluable protection

20. Which of the following is not actually an alternate ending in Star Fox Command?

A. Andross’ grandson decides to stay behind on Venom and is successful in making the planet a more peaceful and hospitable place to live, but eventually decides that Venom is now the center of Lylat’s power and leads the planet into war against Corneria
B. Fox quits the team and lives a peaceful and serene life with Krystal; the two of them have a son named Marcus McCloud who eventually goes on to form a new team Star Fox and succeed his dad as an ace pilot
C. Krystal, now a member of Star Wolf, is distraught about her team having to betray the Star Fox team and suffers much public backlash; this causes her to eventually pull away from Star Wolf and become an independent bounty hunter
D. After the threat of the Anglars has passed, team Star Fox is disbanded and, while Krystal decides to stay with Star Wolf, the rest of the crew forms James McCloud Academy, a school dedicated to training young pilots that want to enlist in the Cornerian Army
E. After the Star Fox team defeats Pigma, Krystal joins the Star Wolf team, which causes Fox to give up his days as a pilot; Fox and Falco proceed to remodel their Arwings as racing machines and enter a tournament, eventually proving to be a highly successful duo as they quickly become household names

21. During the final battle of Star Fox Assault, name three characters whose voices the Aparoid Queen mimics in hopes of getting the Star Fox team to lower their guard. Any three of the following four characters: Pigma Dengar, General Pepper, Peppy Hare, and James McCloud

22. On which three planets in Star Fox 64 can the player potentially receive “assistance” from Katt Monroe depending on the path that the player chooses to take? Zoness, Sector Z and Macbeth

23. In the battle against Andross in Star Fox Adventures, who arrives on the scene and helps Fox defeat this long-time villain once and for all? Falco Lombardi makes his heroic return and reunites with the Star Fox team

24. In Star Fox 64 3D’s battle mode, what is the name of the extremely rare power-up that will cause a player’s Arwing to become engulfed in flames, which will instantly take out anyone that the player boosts into while its effect is active? Firebird, which seems to be a reference to Fox's move in the Smash Bros. series except this one totally destroys everything

BONUS CHANCE: Do a Barrel Roll!

Andross’ fighters are coming from Venom and they mean business! Their laser barrage is so intense that the only way to dodge the attack is by taking Peppy’s advice and preforming the advanced barrel roll technique. However, executing the move successfully requires proper timing; if it’s executed too early or too late, you will still get hit!

To successfully perform a barrel roll and gain 1 point, you must predict your total score (out of a possible 24 points) within one point of the actual score that you earn. For example, if you predict that you will earn 15 points, you will be awarded the point if you get 14, 15, or 16 points. Though, if your prediction is wrong and you do not predict your score within one point, you will be hit by the laser barrage and lose 1 point instead. You can also opt out of this by dodging the laser blast entirely, in which case your score will be unaffected. 

Good luck Star Fox! You're our only hope!

This is obviously based on how accurately you made your predictions. 


Unfortunately we will have to say goodbye to our bottom five, but they still deserve a lot of credit for making it this far in the first place. As for the top five remaining, well, it's going to be a close race to see who comes out on top! Of course, I still have something special planned for the top two contestants, but that will have to wait until the conclusion of this next round. After all, this could be the round that ultimately determines who makes it and whose ships have to be taken to the docking bay. Let's see the scores!


Just looking at the total scores, this is undoubtedly going to be an exciting final round as there is actually a tie for first place in this competition! Remember that bit I said at the beginning about every point really mattering in this contest? I believe this scenario perfectly exemplifies this statement. Personally I'm really anxious to see the results of round 10 as well as who makes it to the final showdown. As I said, we will have to say goodbye to those players whose names are in red on the total scores (as I'm typing this I realize that I forgot to make the names red on the individual scores list), but they have done excellent work to make it this far. Those skilled enough to make the final round are johnf3545, ThePastaKing, GaiaCrusher9, SlimKirby, and MegaFreak400!

As far as this round is concerned, I think that these questions were a fair test of overall Star Fox knowledge; there really was not anything extremely obscure or anything too simple. I noticed as I was making the questions that there are really only a handful of Star Fox games -- if I were to do this again I would probably combine Star Fox with another series (maybe a triple Star Fox/Pikmin/F-Zero), but still the questions were fair and non-repetitive. One specific thing that I could not believe was how many people did not answer the second part of the second question. Both answers of Aquas and the Blue Marine were required to get the point; I couldn't accept just half of the question. Another difficult question was the fifth one, as I think the name of this weapon is only mentioned briefly in the game, but it still helps contribute to one of the best parts of Star Fox Assault. Honestly, other than that, every other standard question went pretty much as expected and there really aren't any other major areas of concern to address. I will say that question 20 did manage to fool a few people, though, so you have to at least give me some credit for making up a somewhat believable alternate ending.

The risky questions and the bonus chance actually proved to be somewhat of a trouble spot this time around, particularly question 21 about the Aparoid Queen. I watched the final mission of Star Fox Assault about three times to confirm that those are the only four characters she impersonates. In turn, this could mess up some bonus chance predictions as the risky questions actually cause you to lose a point, making your prediction more inaccurate than just missing a standard question. After all was said and done, though, half of you still managed to score 20 or more points, which is quite impressive. I do want to give an honorable mention to nation623, who sent me a reply saying he didn't really know anything about Star Fox, but he had a blast participating in this contest and bowed out honorably. 

Now it's time to move into the next round and final round of regulation in SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge. Obviously there doesn't need to be any build up as to what it's going to be...but I'm going to do it anyway. The next round will really put your competitive nature to the test as it is...

ROUND 10 THEME: Donkey Kong / Smash Bros.

This is going to function exactly like the Fire Emblem/Animal Crossing set of questions back in the fourth round, with 12 Donkey Kong questions, 12 Smash Bros. questions, and a bonus chance. For the Donkey Kong questions, keep in mind that I have decided to include the arcade series of Donkey Kong games as well as the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series here, so be on the lookout for those. Also, for the Smash Bros. set, this will only include the three games released on consoles thus far (Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl). The Super Smash Bros. questions will not include anything related to tournament play, match-ups, or any other media surrounding the series. It will, however, potentially feature some technical aspects of the characters as well as some specifics about certain moves and strategies. 

The tenth round will be sent out tomorrow (Sunday, August 12th) and will be due back to me on Wednesday, August 14th. Good luck to our top five!


SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 8 Results

posted Aug 5, 2012, 5:35 PM by Eric G

Good afternoon everyone! I really should just start promising the results to be posted on Sunday so if they do go up on Friday or Saturday then they are technically early! Well needless to say I am once again going to make this round go from Monday (8/6/2012) to Thursday (8/9/2012) so you all have plenty of time to submit your answers. With only the Top 10 remaining, let's check out how everyone did on the Kirby round!


1. What is the name of the first Kirby game released in which Kirby can actually inhale enemies and copy their powers? Kirby's Adventure was where Kirby gained this trademark ability

2. In Kirby’s Epic Yarn, what is the name of the evil sorcerer who tricked Kirby into eating a Metamato and banishes him to Patch Land? The evil Yin-Yarn!

3. What is the name of the ally in Kirby’s Dream Land 2 that can carry Kirby over various obstacles and fly through harsh winds? Honestly Donkey Kong Country just stole the idea of animal buddies from the Kirby series. Coo will help out in this situation!

4. What is the name of the haunted house-themed world in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror in which Kirby eventually fights the boss King Golem? Moonlight Mansion

5. What is the name of the remake of Kirby’s Adventure that was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2002? One of the best games on the GBA, it's Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland

6. In Kirby Air Ride, which of the following is not one of the events that can occur in City Trial mode?
A. A dense fog can cover the entire city for a short time, severely reducing the visibility of all players
B. All of the city’s rail stations can instantly catch fire, damaging anyone who attempts to use the rail system around the city during this time
C. Fake power-ups can appear throughout the city that look similar to their helpful counterparts, but will actually damage a player and cause the player to potentially drop a power-up if they are collected
D. Giant meteors can fall from the sky, which will harm the players if they are in the blast radius but produce many helpful items when they explode 
E. Kracko can appear in the sky and will fire lightning bolts down on the city, but players can receive some power-ups if they can manage to hit his eye during his attack

7. What was the first Kirby game released to feature the notorious Whispy Woods as a boss? The first game released was actually the first game in the series: Kirby's Dream Land

8. In Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, what is the name of Landia’s crown that Magolor was after to fulfill his goal of taking over Pop Star? The Master Crown

9. What is the name of the game in Kirby Super Star in which the Sun and Moon around planet Pop Star are fighting and a mysterious character named Marx is revealed to be the cause of the conflict? First Donkey Kong Country steals animal buddies then Mario Party 6 steals the plot of this game. It's Milky Way Wishes

10. What is the name of the desert-like world in Kirby Mass Attack that features hazards like quicksand and cactus-like enemies? Sandy Canyon

11. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, which two powers must the player have for Kirby to transform into a refrigerator, which will produce various food items whenever the power is used? One of the funniest (and surprisingly useful) copy abilities in the game, you need Spark and Ice to get the Kirby Fridge

12. What is the name of the puzzle game that was released on the SNES that was a modification of the Japanese game Super Puyo Puyo with Kirby characters to appeal to international audiences? Kirby's Avalanche

13. Which course in Kirby Air Ride features a giant ferris wheel that can potentially carry a player to another area of the track? This ferris wheel is the most iconic part of Beanstalk Park

14. Which of the following levels is not featured in Dream Land in Kirby’s Epic Yarn?
A. Rainbow Falls
B. Whispy’s Forest
C. Meta Melon Isle
D. Cloud Palace
E.  Tempest Towers

15. In Kirby’s Dream Land 3, what is the name of the last level in which Kirby fights Dark Matter and Zero that is only accessible once Kirby collects all of the Heart Stars? Hyper Zone, which sounds like something from Sonic the Hedgehog

16. In Kirby’s Adventure, what is the name of the third area of the game that consists of six levels and can be described as a very tall tower that reaches high into the sky? Butter Building...gotta love that music!

17. In Kirby Mass Attack, which of the following conditions will result in the player receiving a gold medal for a respective level?
A. The player gets through the level without any of the Kirbys taking damage
B. The player finds and collects all of the available fruit in a level
C. The player finishes the level with more than half of the allotted time left on the clock
D. The player earns 50,000 or more points in a single level
E. The player finishes the level without losing any of the ten Kirbys

18. In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, what is the name of the fairy that Kirby finds on Pop Star and explains to Kirby that he must collect all of the crystal shards to defeat Dark Matter and save Ripple Star? Ribbon, the useless fairy that does nothing except get Kirby involved in her problems

19. In Kirby: Squeak Squad, what is the name of the treasure-thieving mice that are revealed to be the ones who stole the food in Dream Land after Kirby mistakenly blames King Dedede? The Squeaks and their Squeak Squad, hence the name of the game (reminds me of the Tetris question from Round 3)

20. In Kirby’s Dream Course, which ability allows for the player to destroy any trees that he/she comes in contact with on the course?
A. Stone
B. Needle
C. Spark
D. Tornado
E. Wheel

RISKY QUESTIONS (+1 point if answered correctly, -1 point if answered incorrectly, 0 points if skipped)

21. Which two bosses originally from the Super Smash Bros. series team up to fight Kirby in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror? Master Hand and Crazy Hand try to take out their revenge against Kirby, but of course the pink puffball prevails

22. In Kirby Super Star’s The Great Cave Offensive, what is the name of the treasure with the highest monetary value? Although it probably should have been the Triforce, Screw Attack, Falchion, or something actually notable, the Katana actually had the highest monetary value. I read somewhere that it was supposed to be a reference to Ninja Gaiden, but I have no idea how true that is. 

23. Besides Kirby, name two other balls that the player can use to get through a stage in Kirby: Canvas Curse. Two of the following: Waddle Dee, Waddle Doo, Meta Knight, King Dedede

24. In Kirby’s Return to Dream Land, what is the name of the super ability that can be acquired if Kirby inhales Super Bonkers (a mini-boss) after it has been defeated? Kirby gets the GRAND HAMMER, which unfortunately appears only a few times in the whole game. Regardless, it's one of the best copy abilities.


One particular mechanic that sets Kirby games apart from many other platformers is his ability to copy an enemy’s powers and then utilize said power to defeat other enemies or access new areas. Depending on the power and the stage, it could either give Kirby a huge advantage or significantly slow down his progression. For this bonus chance, you will get one opportunity to use a copy to potentially earn an extra point!

Choose one question out of the standard questions (1-20) that you think you have answered incorrectly and also choose another player that is still in the competition. You will copy the answer that the other player you specified has submitted for the specified question and, if he/she gets it right, you will be awarded the point as well. However, if it turns out the person you copied from gets it wrong, then obviously your answer will still be wrong and the copy will have been wasted. Of course, you cannot see any opponent’s answers or discuss this with any other players; consider yourself smacked in the face with Dedede’s hammer if you do. If you believe that you have answered every standard question correctly and there is no need to copy, respond to this bonus chance with “I’m Meta Knight, bitch! I don’t need any of that copy bullshit!” and you will be awarded the bonus point. If you choose this option, though, and do not answer every standard question correctly, you will not get the bonus point. As always, your player and question choices will be kept confidential.

Copying is considered cheating in most trivia settings, but not this time. In my opinion it's just being resourceful. 9/10 people copied to their advantage!


Just a quick note that after the next round (Round 9), the elimination bug will strike again and the bottom 5 contestants will be out of the contest, leaving only the top 5 to face the final round. For some of you, this next round might determine whether or not you make it!


With only the top ten remaining in this round, it's no surprise to me that everyone did fairly well this time around. I tried to touch on all of the major Kirby games in this round with enough weight given to the more significant games of the series. As far as some trouble spots for questions, quite a few of you could not remember "Moonlight Mansion" as the answer for question 4 or "Sandy Canyon" as the answer for question 10, but those types of questions can be tricky if you just don't remember the name. A few different answers came up for question 12, including Kirby's Star Stacker, which was a similar puzzle game for the Game Boy Color but not quite what I was looking for. The last question to highlight is question 17, which was probably the single multiple choice question that had the most convincing false answers in the contest. Other than that, though, everything was fairly standard and everyone actually did pretty well!

Now that Kirby is done, there are only two rounds left to go. Obviously the one that isn't selected for Round 9 will be the theme for Round 10.


Just a quick note about this round is that it will largely feature questions from Star Fox 64, Star Fox Adventures, Star Fox Assault, and Star Fox Command. Other Star Fox games will be featured as well but those will be the central focus of this round. Again the lowest five players at the end of this round will be eliminated. Good luck!


SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 7 Results

posted Jul 28, 2012, 10:06 PM by Eric G   [ updated Jul 28, 2012, 10:13 PM ]

Hello everyone! I am aware of the lateness of these results and I do apologize, but they are completed nonetheless. Personally, I find it interesting how the results of this round compared with the results of the Bit Wars Gaming round, since they were counterparts of each other. Let's see how you all did...


1. [N64] In Perfect Dark, what is the name of the weapon whose secondary function allows it to be deployed as a sentry gun and automatically shoot foes within its line of sight? Arguably one of the best guns in the game because of that secondary function, it's the Laptop Gun!

2. [N64] What is the name of the character in Conker’s Bad Fur Day that enlists Conker and Berri to rob a bank, only to find out that it was an elaborate trap set by this character and the Panther King to capture Conker? Don Weaso made Conker an offer that he couldn't refuse

3. [GCN] In F-Zero GX, what is the name of the signature vehicle used by Black Shadow? Black Shadow rides the Black Bull

4. [GCN] In Pikmin, what are the names of the small yet potent objects that only Yellow Pikmin can carry? Bomb Rocks

5. [GCN] What is the name of the forest area in Pikmin 2 in which Olimar and Louie have their first encounter with blue- and white-colored Pikmin? Awakening Woods

6. [GCN] What is the full name of the leader of Los Illuminados and the primary antagonist of Resident Evil 4? Osmund Saddler (and not Albert Wesker) was the main villain here

7. [GCN] In Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time, what is the name of the weapon that the Prince uses to rewind and freeze time when needed? The Dagger of Time is what controlled the titular sands

8. [GCN] In Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, what is the name of the character that cuts off Revolver Ocelot’s right hand during a gunfight between Ocelot and Snake? The Cyborg Ninja a.k.a. Gray Fox

9. [GBA] In Golden Sun, what is the name of the character that joins the party and is classified as a Jupiter Adept and, as such, can control the forces of wind and electricity? Ivan

10. [GBA] In Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, which of the following Super CO Powers does not deal any direct damage to enemy units (but of course units can still attack after the power is used for boosted damage)?
A. Black Storm
B. Meteor Strike
C. Max Blast
D. Winter Fury 
E. Typhoon

11. [DS] Name three characters in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days that can be unlocked for use in the multiplayer mode by playing through the main story. Any three of the following characters: Xion, Riku, Donald, Goofy, Roxas (dual-wield), King Mickey, and Sora

12. [DS] Name the three games in the Castlevania series that were all released for the Nintendo DS. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, and Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, though none of these are as good as Symphony of the Night

13. [DS] In Advance Wars: Dual Strike, what is the name of the new vehicle developed by Green Earth that is incredibly powerful but is also very slow and carries limited ammunition? The fearsome Mega Tank!

14. [DS] In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, what is the name of Mr. Wright’s long-time friend and first courtroom rival? Miles Edgeworth

15. [DS] In the Professor Layton series on the Nintendo DS, which of the Professor Layton games actually comes first chronologically?
A. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
B. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
C. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
D. Professor Layton and the Last Specter
E. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

16. [Wii] What is the name of the paintbrush-like object that Amaterasu uses for various purposes in Okami? The Celestial Brush

17. [Wii] What is the name of Rayman’s best friend in Rayman Origins who, when playing with two players, would be controlled by the second player? Globox

18. [Wii] Name two common ways in which a player can fail a quest that was assigned to him/her in Monster Hunter Tri. The most common ways are dying too many times, running out of time, and killing a monster when specifically ordered to capture it. I accepted a few other answers, but these were the main ones I was looking for

19. [Wii] Which of the five main sports available to play in Wii Sports is the only one that requires the use of the Wii nunchuk accessory? The easiest question ever... it's boxing

20. [3DS] In Kid Icarus: Uprising, what is the name of the artifact that Pandora uses to create Dark Pit (or Pittoo), a doppelganger of Pit? Mirror of Truth

21. [Wii] What special limited edition Nintendo Wii accessory was bundled only with the Classic Edition of Goldeneye 007 (Activision, 2010)? Golden Classic Controller Pro

22. [DS] Tetris DS incorporated classic Nintendo characters and franchises with Tetris, making for a nostalgic puzzle experience. State which Nintendo franchise was associated with each game mode listed below.
i. Standard Mode - Super Mario (though other franchises are included beyond Stage 10)
ii. Catch Mode - Metroid
iii. Mission Mode - The Legend of Zelda

23. [GCN] In Tales of Symphonia, what is the name of the organization formed by Mithos that is initially believed to be a society of holy beings that protect the Church of Martel, but is later revealed to just be half-elves evolved by special exspheres and the group to which the Desians belong? On a personal note, it took me a long time even after playing this game to fully understand its plot. However, Cruxis is the organization that fits the bill here

24. [GBA] Which of the following jobs can not be taken up by a Bangaa in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance?
A. White Monk
B. Gladiator
C. Bishop
D. Dragoon
E. Summoner


During Nintendo’s exciting E3 2012 press conference, they revealed some juicy details about their next console, the Wii U, which is expected to be released this holiday season. With a tablet-style controller, it will be interesting to see how Nintendo and various third-party developers incorporate the design into their games. For this bonus chance, let’s see how many of you have been paying attention to the recent Nintendo news.

25. Name two games that have already been released for the PlayStation 3 and/or Xbox 360, but will have updated/improved versions that most likely utilize the tablet controller when they are released for the Wii U. 

Any two of the following games: Assassin's Creed III, Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition, Darksiders II, Mass Effect 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and Trine 2: Director's Cut. Also accepted Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 -- while these are still in development, they will be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as the Wii U.


Unfortunately this was an elimination round, so we will have to bid a fond farewell to the users in red. It seemed as if 100 points was the cut-off for staying in the contest. Thus far, the maximum amount of points one could possibly earn is 175, so earning 100 points or fewer by this juncture resulted in an elimination. 

Also another note is that I incorrectly graded Eshmael's submission for the Mario round, so his score has been updated to reflect the correct results.


I feel as if the scoring trend here went way back to The Legend of Zelda round. With scores being either very good or not as impressive, this round definitely proved to shake things up right before elimination. As far as question selection is concerned, I tried to choose the games that were really the best and the most popular of Nintendo's third party titles. Unfortunately, because of this, a few other choices didn't make the cut (such as Harvest Moon and Super Monkey Ball), but I felt that asking about different genres of games in this round than the norm would be a good way to completely test everyone's knowledge. I believed that this round and Bit Wars Gaming would be the two most difficult in the contest because they were so broad and the scores show that my prediction was not far off.

As far as question-specific comments, I really don't have many to offer here as it seemed like players either knew or didn't know the answers to the questions. I will say, though, that there were some super-easy questions that almost everyone got right (4, 14, 17, and 19), but some that a surprising amount of people did not know (3, 6, 18, and 20). The risky questions were a little more in-depth about certain games and a little tougher than the standard questions; I think that was recognized by not as many people taking the chance as the previous few rounds. To make up for this, though, the bonus question was pretty simple and straightforward, with about 70% of players (11/16) getting it right. Overall a tough round, but it's over now!

One final thing I was a little concerned about was the number of people who didn't submit for this round (3/16). While this may just have been a sign of giving up, if you are going to be away or might have a conflict with the time alotted to answer these questions, please give me a heads-up and we can work out an alternative. Personally, I put a lot of work into these questions and I do get slightly irked when players choose to simply ignore them. I'm obviously not going to hold it against anyone, but it's better to just take a guess at some of the questions rather than not submitting at all. At most, randomly guessing should take about 5-10 minutes and you may get a few points out of it, too! So, for the remainder of this contest, I really would not like to see any sets of questions left unanswered (unless they're risky, of course).

As I mentioned before, the players in red have unfortunately been eliminated from the competition. They put up a good fight to make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but it wasn't enough to fend off the elimination bug. With the Top Ten still left in the competition, it's time to move onto the next round.


A little note about this round is that there were a surprising amount of silly puzzle games starring this puff ball on the Game Boy or just in Japan, but you won't have to worry about any of these strange titles. Also any Kirby games that were not released on Nintendo consoles are excluded (I believe the Callecovision has a Kirby game in its library). Finally, nothing about Kirby: Right Back at Ya! or any other Kirby media will be featured -- this is strictly about the games!

Because the results for this round were so late, I am going to shift the schedule again by a day and send out the questions on Monday afternoon instead of Sunday. Thus, they will be due back to me by 11:59 PM Eastern (GMT -5) on Thursday, August 2nd. Good luck!


SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia - Round 6 Results

posted Jul 21, 2012, 11:45 AM by Eric G

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the results for Round 6 of SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia. Since this was the Mario round and Mario Trivia was kind of my thing since 2005, I designed the difficulty of these questions to be a little tougher than usual. However, as the results will show, you guys proved that, for the most part, you do indeed know your Mario! Let's-a go!


1. Before Nintendo’s iconic character was known as “Mario” what was the name given to him in the arcade game, Donkey Kong? Before he was a plumber, what was this character’s profession at the time? Jumpman, the ape-fighting carpenter!

2. In World 1-1of Super Mario Bros., there is an invisible question mark block that can be found about half-way through the stage between a warp pipe and a bottomless pit. What item is inside this hidden block? A 1-up Mushroom

3. In Super Mario Bros. 3, what is the name of the only world to feature levels that wrap on the left and right sides (if you leave the left side of the screen, you will emerge on the right side of the screen and vice versa)? A slight oversight by me in that there are actually two worlds with levels like this - Sky Land and Pipe Land. Although the latter is much more memorable, either answer is acceptable.

4. What is the name of the level in Super Mario World that can be cleared in the shortest amount of time if the player just runs from left to right throughout the level’s duration? Just run to the right for about five seconds and you'll clear Star World 3

5.  In Super Mario Kart, which of the following tracks is not in the Star Cup?
A. Mario Circuit 4
B. Koopa Beach 1
C. Donut Plains 2 (it's in the Flower Cup)
D. Choco Island 2
E. Vanilla Lake 1

6. In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, what item will appear on screen as a reward for the player every time he/she defeats 100 enemies? Starman, much like collecting 5 cherries in Super Mario Bros. 2

7. Fill in the blanks from the following three level names in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island.
i. 1-7: Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy
ii.  4-5: Chomp Rock Zone
iii. 5-6: Welcome to Cloud World

8. Early beta images of Mario Kart 64 initially showed Kamek (or at least a generic Magikoopa) to be a playable character. However, upon the final release of this game, which character took Kamek’s spot? Donkey Kong ended up stealing the spotlight from Kamek

9. In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, what is the name of the short path that Mario must take to get from Tadpole Pond to Rose Town? Rose Way

10. In Mario Party 2, if the player lands on a happening space, different things will happen depending on which board is currently being played. Which of the following happening space descriptions is incorrect?
A. Horror Land – A happening space will change the time from night to day and vice versa, changing the availablity of various board elements in the process
B. Bowser Land – A happening space will trigger the infamous Bowser Parade to occur, which can cause players to be sent back to START and lose quite a few coins along the way
C. Western Land – A happening space will cause the train to move from one station to another, sending any player it hits back to START
D. Space Land – A happening space will cause a speeding Whomp or Thwomp to appear and be chased down by the Snifit Patrol if they’re currently on duty, displacing players in the process
E. Pirate Land – A happening space will result in cannons being fired at the player, immediately sending him/her back to START

11. In Paper Mario, what is the name of the badge that allows Mario to have a small possibility of completely dodging an enemy’s attack (but less of a chance than using the Lucky Day badge)? Again two answers here - Close Call and Pretty Lucky both fit this description.

12. In Super Mario Sunshine, what is the name of the celebration held in Pianta Village by the Pianta residents that takes place during the eighth Shine Sprite mission of said stage? The Great Fluff Festival

13. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, which two characters fight alongside Popple at various points when the thief decides to challenge the Mario Bros.? Bowser (as Rookie) and Birdo

14. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, what are the names of the X-Naut scientists that can attack Mario and his partner by throwing various potions at them? Despite the implied credentials of the X-Naut PhD, they still seem as dimwitted as their fellow soldiers

15. In Mario Party 6, what special prize would the player earn if he/she managed to land on the final space of a Solo Mode board?
A. The respective Solo Mode board will become available to use in Party Mode
B. A new page in the Miracle Book would become viewable in the Star Bank
C.  The amount of stars that the player earned for use in the Star Bank on the current board would be doubled
D. A new rare mini-game would become available to play in Minigame Mode
E. A harder version of the respective Solo Mode would be unlocked, which features higher risks but higher rewards than the standard version

16. In Mario Superstar Baseball, other than Luigi, name the three different characters (not simple color variations) that start out on Mario’s team when playing in Challenge Mode. Pianta (x3), Noki (x3) and Monty Mole

17. In Super Mario 64 DS, the entrance to the area in which the player could unlock Luigi was located inside which of the fifteen main stages? Who was the boss that the player had to defeat in Luigi’s stage to unlock him? Big Boo's Haunt was the stage and, for the boss name, I accepted either Big Boo or King Boo (ambiguous in the game)

18. In Super Mario Galaxy, including prankster comet encounters, if each power star mission is played through only once, which boss will Mario fight the highest number of times? Topmaniac is faced a total of four times in the game...what makes him so special?

19. Which of the following is not an attack that Bowser can learn in Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story?
A. Boo Barrage
B. Shy Guy Squad
C. Magikoopa Mob
D. Goomba Storm
E. Bob-omb Blitz

20. In Mario Kart 7, what is the name of the track that takes place in a deep underground passage of warp pipes filled with piranha plants? Piranha Plant Slide

RISKY QUESTIONS (+1 point if answered correctly, -1 point if answered incorrectly, 0 if skipped)

21. What is the name of the puzzle game that was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that features many characters, backgrounds, and themes from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island? Tetris Attack

22. What is the name of the highest difficulty level computer opponent that can be unlocked in Mario Tennis on the Nintendo 64? Ace Difficulty (which is absolutely brutal, by the way)

23. What is the name of the pink female counterpart of Boom Boom that the player encounters in Super Mario 3D Land? Pom Pom

24. Name the following power-ups in Super Mario Galaxy 2 based on their descriptions.
i. Eating this would cause Yoshi to sprint forward, gaining the ability to walk up surfaces that were otherwise too steep - Dash Pepper
ii. Using this item, Mario was able to tunnel through small planetoids and emerge from the ground on the opposite side - Spin Drill
iii. After assuming the form provided by this power-up, Mario could transform into a boulder and roll forward at high speeds - Rock Mushroom

BONUS CHANCE: Mario Music Madness Revisited

SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 6 Bonus Chance

Four out of five were required to get the bonus point

1. Mario Kart DS
2. Super Paper Mario, Overthere Stair
3. Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA), Character Select
4. Mario Party, In the Warp Pipe
5. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Peach's Castle Grounds


Now here are the scores for Round 6. I do want to mention that after Round 7 the lowest six players will be eliminated from the contest! Regardless of whether you are on the border of being eliminated or comfortably in the lead, be careful that the elimination bug doesn't get you! After Round 7, we will be left with the top 10 players in this contest who will duke it out in the last three rounds.


First of all, I hope you all enjoyed the bonus chance for this round of the trivia; I had this idea for a while but didn't actually have time to put it together until late Sunday night, which is why the round was delayed to be sent out on Monday. This "Mini Music Madness" (as coined by ThePastaKing) featured five songs that just didn't quite make the cut to be featured in the five main iterations of the event, so I'm glad I was able to use them for something. Additionally, it gave me the opportunity to feature more Mario games in this round than the standard 24, since I think the amount of games featuring Mario top out in the triple digits now. Nine out of sixteen participants were able to earn the bonus point here with the rest coming up just a bit short. 

Anyway, in regards to the questions, I realized I sort of screwed up when I was reviewing the answers you all sent back for question 3. After doing some quick research, you guys proved me wrong in that world 5 actually does have a level with these properties, so props to you all on that. Question 8 was also a common trouble spot, as Wario was a common incorrect answer given for that question. However, this image from Nintendo Power affirms that it was indeed Donkey Kong that took the place of the mischievous Magikoopa from Super Mario World 2. Question 10 proved to be tricky, too; the Bowser Parade actually occurs every five turns anyway and is totally unrelated to happening spaces. The next trouble spot seemed to be question 18, where a lot of people said either Bowser, King Kaliente, or Dino Piranha. It seems like Topmaniac is such a minor boss, yet he is encountered in two normal and two prankster comet missions making him the most frequently encountered boss in Super Mario Galaxy. The final trouble spot was actually in the risky questions this time -- quite a few answered question 22 incorrectly, citing "Intense" as the highest difficulty level instead of "Ace." Everything else, though, was as expected and you guys showed that even without my weekly (they were at one point!) trivia challenges, you still have what it takes to handle the tougher Mario questions.

Although Nintendo continues to use the success of the Mario series as a crutch for their new hardware, the spotlight for the Italian plumber has passed in this trivia event. Time to reveal the next round theme!


This round can potentially feature anything that has been released on a Nintendo console from 2000 - 2012, which will include some of the later games on the N64 and the entire library of the Nintendo Gamecube, Game Boy Advance, DS, Wii, and 3DS. Much like the bit wars gaming round, there will not be any questions about games that are featured in the other rounds. Thus, a some you can expect to see are Pikmin, Advance Wars, Wii Sports (and related games), and Golden Sun just to name a few. Again, I will not touch on anything that is super obscure, so you shouldn't have to worry about some random independent or third party game showing up that you've never heard of. One final note is that, although most of them are, these games are not necessarily Nintendo exclusives. For example, if a game was released for the Nintendo Gamecube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, it would still be fair game to show up here.

Remember that the bottom six players after this round will be eliminated!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to contact me. Otherwise I bid you good luck!


SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 5 Results

posted Jul 12, 2012, 9:36 PM by Eric G

Hello everyone once again! Sorry for the lateness of the results yet again; I said I would post them yesterday and dropped the ball on that. Funny story actually is that I typed up this entire results post while at work this morning, but forgot to e-mail it to myself so I could post it. So, starting from scratch, here is my second attempt at creating this post. As always we will start with the answers to the Metroid round followed by some scores, comments, and the reveal of the next round theme. Here we go!


1. Metroid: Zero Mission for the GBA was a remake of Metroid for the NES, but featured additional story elements and new areas for Samus to explore. Name one of the new areas that Samus can explore in Metroid: Zero Mission that was not in the original Metroid. There were quite a few new areas, but the most popular answers were Crateria, Chozodia, and the Space Pirate Mothership

2. What is the name of the race that is responsible for raising Samus Aran after the destruction of her colony and the death of her parents on planet K-2L? Who else but the Chozo?

3. What is the name of the morph ball upgrade in Metroid Prime that allows for Samus to quickly gain a burst of speed, allowing for the utilization of half-pipes and spinners to reach new areas? The seemingly pointless but actually very useful Boost Ball

4. In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, what is the name of the missile upgrade that allows for five separate missiles to be shot simultaneously and lock onto specific targets? Seeker Missile

5. Which of the following bounty hunters did not make his/her debut in Metroid Prime Hunters?
A. Noxus
B. Weavel
C. Spire
D. Ghor (debuted in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
E. Trace

6. In which Metroid game does Samus first encounter a Metroid hatchling that, rather than attacking her, mistakes her for its mother, causing Samus to take the hatchling back for scientific purposes instead of terminating it immediately? This was the ending to Metroid II: Return of Samus

7. In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, what is the name of the region in which Samus battles against the Alpha Sandigger? Agon Wastes

8. In which region of Planet Zebes is Kraid’s hideout located in Metroid (NES)? Two acceptable answers for this: Brinstar or Brinstar Depths; either one is fine my me

9. In Super Metroid, what is the name of the boss that can be found in the Wrecked Ship, whose defeat restores power to the downed vessel? Phantoon, who is a highly overlooked major boss of the Metroid series

10. In which game can Samus encounter an enemy known as a Dark Tallon Metroid? Even though these enemies have the word "Tallon" in their names, they can only be found on Aether in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Basically whenever the words "light" and "dark" come up in Metroid, it immediately points to the second game of the Prime series.

11. In Metroid Fusion, what is the unforeseen side-effect that Samus inherits after receiving the vaccine for the X Parasites that was developed from the DNA of the Metroid hatchling?

A. Samus develops a weakness to cold environments and ice-based weaponry
B. Samus loses most of her memory of past events, but still retains her combat abilities
C. Samus is able to sense the presence and mood of any Metroids that are nearby
D. Samus’ health continuously drains very slowly, forcing her to come in contact with more dangerous X Parasites to recover her energy
E. Samus’ personality begins to exhibit many aggressive traits, much like those of the Metroids

12. What is the name of the mechanized Ridley reincarnation that Samus battles in Metroid Prime? What is the name of the phazon-infused form of Ridley that Samus faces in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption? Meta Ridley and Omega Ridley, respectively

13. What is the name of the first Metroid game released in which Samus can obtain and use the Grapple Beam? Super Metroid

14. What is the name of the Galactic Federation ship on which the events of Metroid: Other M all transpire? Bottle Ship

15. In Super Metroid, what is the name of Samus’ suit upgrade that allows her to withstand extremely hot temperatures without taking damage? Varia Suit

16. Which of the following statements is not true about Metroid Prime Trilogy on the Wii?
A. The control scheme from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption replaced the control scheme used in the previous two games
B. A more challenging difficulty level was added to both Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
C. In all three games, players collect credits during gameplay, which are used to unlock music and concept art on the main menu
D. A port of the original Metroid on the NES can be unlocked by earning 100% completion on Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
E. The scan visor’s visual effects in Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes were redesigned to look like the scan visor from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

17. What was the name of Samus’ former commanding officer from her time with the Galactic Federation, who appears in Metroid: Other M and was mentioned in Metroid Fusion? Adam Malkovich, who acts more like an overbearing father than a commanding officer

18. In Super Metroid, which of Samus’ weapons must she use to destroy the clear tube-like tunnel in Maridia so she can explore previously inaccessible areas? Use Power Bombs wisely!

19. What are the names of the small bee-like enemies whose hives can be found all over Chozo Ruins in Metroid Prime? War Wasps...NOT THE BEES!

20. At the end of Metroid (NES), the player defeats Mother Brain and escapes from the planet. However, after defeating Mother Brain in Metroid: Zero Mission, something happens that causes Samus to crashland back on the surface of the planet and the game continues with Samus in Zero Suit form. What causes Samus to be unable to escape?
A. Samus’ gunship malfunctions and her thrusters fail mid-flight, causing her ship to fall from the sky
B. The shields on Samus’ gunship are damaged after defeating Mother Brain and, despite her best efforts, her ship is unable to handle the heat and pressure of breaking through the planet’s atmosphere
C. Samus’ gunship is attacked by an Omega Metroid, which results in Samus crashing her ship into the creature as a last-resort to defeat it
D. A bomb that was secretly planted on Samus’ gunship by Space Pirates detonates while Samus is taking off, destroying her suit and ship in the process
E. As she is leaving the planet, Space Pirate fighters ambush Samus’ gunship and shoot it down

21. Name the planets on which the following three games take place:
i. Super Metroid - Planet Zebes
ii. Metroid II: Return of Samus - SR388
iii. Metroid Prime - Tallon IV

22. In which Metroid game is Samus guided by the last living sentinel of his/her race, U-Mos? Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

23. What is the name of the game which was bundled with the Nintendo DS at its launch in 2004 that featured a demo of what would eventually be released as Metroid Prime Hunters? Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt

24. In which two Metroid games does Samus encounter and battle against a Queen Metroid? The ferocious Queen Metroid can be faced in Metroid II: Return of Samus and Metroid: Other M

BONUS CHANCE: Phazon Corruption

You have the power of phazon at your disposal, a blue substance that can greatly enhance the abilities of those with whom it comes into contact. However, too much phazon exposure and the target will become corrupted, slowly losing the power of their body and mind to the poisonous substance. The space pirates tried to use it for their own purposes and failed, but you have the power to potentially control it successfully.

Choose one of the standard questions (1-20) to target with phazon. This question will become corrupted and will be worth zero points due to over-exposure regardless of if it’s correct or incorrect. However, the two questions adjacent to it will come into contact with phazon, but not be over-exposed, having their point values raised to two points each, assuming these two questions were answered correctly, of course.

For example, if question 3 is targeted with phazon, question 3 will be worth zero points, but questions 2 and 4 will be worth two points each. The ideal case in which you should do this is if you know you provided the incorrect answer to question 3 but answered questions 2 and 4 correctly. Additionally, you could use this on question 3 if you know you got all three of them (2-4) right; it still comes out to a net gain of 1 additional point.

Another clarification is that the questions do wrap around the the style of a circular array (some computer science jargon there), so if question 20 is targeted with phazon, it would be worth zero points, but questions 19 and 1 would be worth two points each. The properties of phazon make it risky to utilize, but its benefits can potentially be very great. Good luck to those who choose to harness its power.


One quick note before I post these is about the scoring with the Phazon bonus chance. If someone corrupted a standard question that would have normally been incorrect and got the two questions adjacent to the targeted question correct, the bonus chance would net the user 2 points. If it was used on a question that would normally have been correct and the two questions adjacent to the question were also correct, the bonus chance would net the user 1 point. I know it sounds confusing, but it explains for why some participants gained 2 bonus points instead of the usual 1. Don't worry, though, despite what may seem odd at first, the scores are accurate and everything is good to go. Luckily, no one messed up the phazon bonus chance and lost any points, so kudos to your good judgment.

SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 5 Total Scores


The highest scoring round thus far, the Metroid round generally went very well for almost everyone. As I said before, I was very impressed at the utilization of the phazon bonus chance, as everyone gained some points out of taking this risk. A few remarks about the questions is that I tried to keep them pretty general for the most part in that I did not delve into Metroid lore or anything super obscure, for which the Metroid series is very well known. This probably contributed towards the higher scores this round, but I still think that it was definitely a fair test for the Metroid series (no mention of Prime Pinball, either). 

A few general comments about some of the questions is that the questions specifically about Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption proved to be trouble spots for a lot of people. Whether it's because participants haven't played these games or they just have more details to remember, I'm not sure, but a lot of people missed questions 4, 7, 12, and 22. However, on the flip side, users mostly dominated the Super Metroid, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Fusion questions, which I guess are the three best Metroid games (in my opinion) so it makes sense. Metroid Zero Mission and Metroid: Other M were toss-ups; it seemed like they were either all right or all wrong. If you noticed, I kept plot details about Metroid: Other M relatively basic because the game's plot is laughable to say the least.

One final note to clear up some confusion that I think people might have had is about question 6, which asked about when Samus first met the Metroid hatchling. This actually occurred at the end of Metroid II: Return of Samus and is what set up for the plot of Super Metroid, as Ridley steals the hatchling at the beginning of the game. I think the confusion arose from the fact that the hatchling's role in Super Metroid is way more prevalent than in Metroid II and also probably not as many people have played Metroid II. Just wanted to address that before I got a million questions about it.

Well Samus Aran's chapter of the trivia challenge has come to a close, so it's time to reveal the next round theme.


Yes, Nintendo's iconic plumber from Brooklyn finally makes his appearance in this event. As most [if not all] of you probably know, I have been hosting Mario trivia for a ridiculously long time and many of you are probably experts in this field by now, having amassed way more knowledge about this mustachioed Italian than you would ever think possible. That being said, the difficulty of these questions is going to be significantly raised compared to previous rounds and the questions are going to be much more in-depth about their respective games. However, to make up for the difficulty increase, I will keep the questions to the mainstream Mario titles, including platformers, RPGs, racing games, sports games, party games. 

One final note is that this round will be sent out on Monday, July 16th and they will be due back to me by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, July 19th. I will not be around this weekend as I will be in Connecticut visiting college friends. We were going to go to ConnectiCon for a day but decided that it was too expensive, but it should still be a fun weekend of gaming. So if you look in your inbox on Sunday and don't see the questions, don't fret -- it will be in your inbox on Monday, July 16th.

As always if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact me. Good luck!


Weekend Events 7/6 - 7/7

posted Jul 5, 2012, 6:44 PM by MegaFreak400

Alright guys, for this weekend, I've decided that tomorrow's SynchTube will be viewers choice. Basically I'm going to take suggestions given at the synchtube, create a poll and let you guys pick what we watch. So it could end up being a bunch of things. Nothing will be off limits, though one episode per suggestion (unless it's a movie of course, than we'll watch the whole movie) to be fair to the other choices (Unless everyone wants to see more episodes.) Keep in mind though, I need to find the video on youtube or vimeo, so make suggestions accordingly.

Also this weekend I'll be hosting a Super Smash Bros. Brawl Game Night at 6. Try to come a bit earlier so we can get friend codes sorted out.

Hope to see you guys at these events =)


SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 4 Results

posted Jun 30, 2012, 9:51 PM by Eric G   [ updated Jun 30, 2012, 9:53 PM ]

Good evening, everyone! This is Eric reporting live after a rare leap second (look it up)! I know the results are very late this week, but I was partying with college friends for the past two days. However, it's time to get down to business with the round four results of SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge. Being that it was an elimination round and a dual-themed round, the results are sure to be interesting, but first let's check out the answers.


1. Name the three cotenants in which these three games take place respectively:
Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword - Elibe
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones - Magvell
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance - Tellius

2. Out of the eligible Fire Emblem games for this category, what is the name of the only one in which generals can use bows to attack enemies?

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

3. Which of the following characters is in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn but did not even make an appearance in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance?
A. Naeluchi
B. Sephiran
C. Kurthnaga
D. Zelgius
E. Skrimir

4. In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, what is the name of the more powerful version of the Gargoyle monster class? What type of weapon(s) is this class capable of wielding? The fearsome Deathgoyle is a terror in the skies with its lances!

5. In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, what is the name of the signature light magic spell used by Valtome, which has a chance to inflict poison status to the target? Valaura

6. In Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword, what is the name of the elite group of assassins headed by Brendan Reed that is taken over by Nergal and his morphs and forced to do the dark druid’s bidding? The Black Fang

7. In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, what is the name of the skill that, when activated, allows a unit to perform two successive attacks? Adept, one of the best non-mastery skills in the game

8. In Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, what is the name of the legendary, divine, dragon-slaying sword only usable by Marth that he wields to defeat Medeus in the game’s final chapter? Marth's signature blade, Falchion

9. What is the object in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones that is actually referred to as the “Fire Emblem”? The sacred stone of Grado, also referred to as the Dark Stone by characters in the game. It houses the Demon King's soul.

10. What is the name of the myrmidon that starts out as an “Other” unit in Chapter 7 of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, but can be persuaded to join your team if talked to by Ike? Mia

11. In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, who are the only three characters that are playable in the Prologue of Part 1 (Chapter 1-P: Under Gray Skies)?

The poor Dawn Brigade was pretty useless in this game, but you at least got to use two of the more useful characters right off the bat. Micaiah, Edward, and the horrible Leonardo were in Chapter 1-P

12. Name the three following promotion items in Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword:
i. The item required for a fighter to promote to a warrior - Hero Crest
ii. The item required for a monk to promote to a bishop - Guiding Ring
iii. The item required for a pirate to promote to a berserker - Ocean Seal

13. In Animal Crossing (GCN), what is the name of the turkey that will gladly hand over Thanksgiving-themed pieces of furniture in exchange for pieces of silverware from the planned banquet? Franklin

14. What is the name of the animal that is in charge of the Happy Room Academy office in the city of Animal Crossing: City Folk? Lyle

15. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, what is the name of the item that is needed to shoot down Gulliver’s UFO when it flies by overhead? See a UFO, shoot it down with a slingshot

16. In Animal Crossing (GCN), how does one obtain the legendary golden shovel?

A. Keep your town in “perfect condition” for 15 days and then talk to the wishing well, who will give you the golden shovel for your efforts
B. If you order a shovel from Tom Nook’s catalog, there is a 10% chance that you will be mailed a golden shovel instead of a normal one
C. Find and donate every possible fossil to the museum and Blathers will give you the golden shovel as a reward
D. After the 1000th hole that you dig, Mr. Resetti will pop out of the hole and give you the golden shovel if you promise “not to dig into his home again”
E. Bury a shovel in a golden spot in the ground, which will proceed to grow into a golden tree with a golden shovel inside

17. What is the name of the accessory for the Nintendo Wii that was offered as a bundle with Animal Crossing: City Folk when it was first released? Nintendo Wii Speak... it was horribly useless

18. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, all of the following fish can be caught in the ocean except for which one?
A. Barred Knifejaw 
B. Giant Snakehead
C. Zebra Turkeyfish
D. Clownfish
E. Horse Mackerel

19. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, what is the name of the seashell that the player can sell to Tom Nook to receive the most amount of Bells in return? Pearl Oyster

20. In the Animal Crossing series, what is the name of Mr. Resetti’s brother that will still warn the player about resetting the game, but in a much calmer manner? Don Resetti

21. In Animal Crossing (GCN), what did the player have to do for Kapp’n to appear at the dock and offer the player a ride to the tropical island?
A. Connect a Nintendo Gamecube and a Game Boy Advance with the appropriate cable 
B. Inset two memory cards into a Nintendo Gamecube, both with Animal Crossing save data on them
C. Obtain a special item by providing a password featured in an issue of Nintendo Power to Tom Nook
D. Scan in the appropriate e-Reader card using the machine in the Post Office
E. Turn on the lighthouse every night for the two week period that Tortimer is on vacation in the spring

22. In Animal Crossing: Wild World, what is the name of the character that can serve the player coffee in the basement of the museum? Brewster (if you're nice to him, he'll even offer a splash of pigeon milk)

23. Name three songs that K.K. Slider can play in Animal Crossing (GCN) that do not start with the letters “K.K.”.

Any three of the following songs: Aloha K.K., Cafe K.K., Comrade K.K., DJ K.K., Go K.K. Rider!, I Love You, Imperial K.K., Lucky K.K., Mr. K.K., Only Me, Rockin' K.K., Soulful K.K., Surfin' K.K., The K. Funk, Two Days Ago

24. Name any five pieces of furniture or clothing items the player can acquire that are inspired by or are direct references to other Nintendo franchises in Animal Crossing: City Folk. There are a ton of these...

Clothing: 1-Up Cap, Li'l Bro's Hat, Wario Hat, Bunny Hood, Hero's Cap, Majora's Mask, Midna's Mask, Samus Mask, Big Bro's Hat, Toad Hat, Red Pikmin, Big Bro's Short, Li'l Bro's Shirt, Toad Shirt, Hero's Clothes, Varia Suit

Furniture: ? Block, 1-Up Mushroom, Brick Block, Cannon, Coin, Fire Bar, Fire Flower, Green Pipe, Flag Pole, Koopa Shell, Starman, Super Mushroom, Mushroom Mural, Block Floor, Nintendo Bench, Yoshi's Egg, Banana, Triple Shells, Kart, Master Sword, Triforce, Arwing, Blue Falcon, Metroid


It’s the end of the month and time for Tom Nook’s special raffle day – the day on which you play Animal Crossing for about ten minutes then turn the game off because there’s nothing else to do. As with any other raffle day here in the town of 41ville, you need 5 raffle tickets to trade in for the grand prize of 1 point from the hardened business raccoon. One raffle ticket can be earned by doing each of the following things:

i. Specify one question that you believe you have answered correctly in the Fire Emblem group of questions. If you did, indeed, answer it right, you will get a raffle ticket. If you don’t think that you answered any of the Fire Emblem questions correctly, you can specify that as your prediction, and if that turns out to be true then you will get the first ticket.

ii. Likewise, specify a second question that you believe you answered correctly in the Animal Crossing group of questions. If a correct answer to the specified question was provided, another raffle ticket is yours. If you don’t think that you answered any of the Animal Crossing questions correctly, you can specify that as your prediction, and if it holds true then the second ticket will be all yours.

iii. Select one other participant in the contest and state whether this person scored higher or lower than you in the Fire Emblem group of questions (1-12). If your prediction is correct, you will get ticket number three. If you earned the same score as the participant you specified, you will also get this ticket.

iv. Again, select one other participant in the contest (it can be the same participant or a different one) and state whether this person scored higher or lower than you in the Animal Crossing group of questions (13-24). If your prediction is correct, you will get a fourth ticket. If you earned the same score as the participant you specified, you will also get this ticket.

v. Predict if your total score for this round (both Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing combined -- questions 1-24) will be higher or lower than 14 points. If your prediction is correct, you can hold your head up high with the fifth and final raffle ticket. You will also get the ticket automatically if you scored exactly 14 points regardless of your prediction.

If you manage to collect all five raffle tickets, bring them to Tom Nook for 1 bonus point. However, any fewer than all five tickets and the raccoon will not hesitate to turn you away. Remember that you do have to work alone in this bonus round; if Tom Nook thinks you may have asked someone else about their score, he may have to give his friend the Black Knight a call to ensure the integrity of his shop. Additionally, keep in mind that any predictions about other users that you make for this bonus round (or in other bonus rounds of the contest) will be absolutely confidential – its just good business practice, ho ho! 

Obviously whether or not you got this point largely depended on your prediction skills. Most people were successful, but some were not so lucky...


Being that this is an elimination round, everyone listed in red text will sadly be eliminated from SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge for being in the bottom seven. Otherwise the scores for this round are as follows:

And here are the total scores for the round up to this point:


Well as the scores show, the community at large seems to be much more knowledgeable about Animal Crossing and not so much about Fire Emblem. I personally didn't think that the Fire Emblem questions were that tough, especially since there are some very obscure Fire Emblem facts, stats, weapons, and characters from these games. Regardless, Animal Crossing stole the show here where as Fire Emblem was a struggling point for a lot of people.

Very brief comments section this time around because, frankly, there's not too much else to say. Unfortunately we will have to say goodbye to our bottom seven participants, but I have actually decided on a little rule variation for eliminated players. If you would like to still participate as an eliminated player, I can still send out the question e-mails and you can send them back just for fun, but I won't officially grade and score your answers (you can see for the results every week which ones you got right and which ones you got wrong). I'm going to send out an e-mail to all eliminated contestants about this very thing, but please let me know if you're interested.

Finally we are ready to move to round five!


Just a quick note on this round is that it will potentially feature every Metroid game, but these few will be particularly highlighted.
Super Metroid
Metroid: Zero Mission
Metroid Fusion
Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Metroid: Other M

Other than that it's pretty much the same as the rest of the rounds -- anything and everything in the Metroid universe is fair game!


I did want to bring up this quick note about scheduling for participants of the fifth round. I will actually be on vacation from July 1st - July 10th and, during that time, I will obviously be unavailable to deal with any trivia business. However, here is how things are going to work for Round 5 to get back on track.

07/01/12 - Round 5 - Questions Sent
07/04/12 - Round 5 - Answer Deadline
07/11/12 - Round 5 - Results Posted

So after you answer questions for round five, think of this as the mid-contest break where you get a week off!

If you have any questions, please contact me through live chat, e-mail, or Skype. If you really need to contact me while I am on vacation, you can contact another member of CrystalStarStudio and have him/her send me a text message. Good luck!


SM41's Deluxe Nintendo Trivia Challenge - Round 3 Results

posted Jun 23, 2012, 12:14 PM by Eric G   [ updated Jun 23, 2012, 4:52 PM ]

Hello once again, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your trips back to the past of video gaming, but now it's time for the results. Sorry that these are going up a little late, but I was unable to post them yesterday. Regardless, here are the results for Round 3!


1. [NES] In Castlevania, which of Simon Belmont’s weapons, when thrown, travels in a high arc and is ideal for taking out any overhead enemies? The vampire hunter's trusty axe!

2. [NES] What is the name of the NES accessory that was required to play Duck Hunt if players didn’t want to just get laughed at by an annoying dog? NES Zapper OR Light Gun (either name was acceptable)

3. [NES] What is the name of the NES title that stars the two characters Popo and Nana? What is the name of the NES title that starts the two characters Lolo and Lala? Ice Climber and The Adventures of Lolo (or any other game in the "Lolo" series), respectively

4. [NES] What is the name of the sleepwalking professor in Gyromite whom the player must help avoid enemies and other obstacles by using R.O.B. to raise and lower different color pipes? Professor Hector

5. [NES] What is the name of the first NES game released by Konami (and first game ever for that matter) to feature the infamous Konami Code (Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A)?
A. Top Gun
B. Super C
C. Metal Gear
D. Rampage
E. Gradius

6. [Various] Which of the following robot masters from the Mega Man series was not in a game released on the Nintendo Entertainment System?
A. Toad Man
B. Freeze Man (was in Mega Man VII for the SNES)
C. Air Man
D. Magnet Man
E. Quick Man

7. [SNES] What is the name of the character is Street Fighter II that can be described as being a large and muscular sumo wrestler from Japan? None other than E. Honda

8. [SNES] In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, which two classic villains serve as the bosses for the Skull and Crossbones stage (1530 A.D.)? Bebop and Rocksteady

9. [SNES] In Mega Man X, what is the name of the weapon that the player receives after defeating Chill Penguin? Which maverick in the game is weak against the aforementioned weapon (he will freeze in place when hit)? Shotgun Ice is the weapon and Spark Mandrill is the unlucky maverick with this glaring weakness.

10. [SNES] In EarthBound, what are the names of the three other gifted children that join Ness in his quest to save the world and defeat Giygas? Jeff, Paula, and Poo

11. [SNES] Name two playable characters in Chrono Trigger that do not learn a move that heals or revives himself/herself or another member of the party (though he/she may still be able to perform healing moves with dual and/or triple techs). There are actually only 2 characters that this applies to - Magus and Lucca

12. [SNES] In the SNES version of SimCity, what reward does the player receive for reaching the status of a Megalopolis (500,000 citizens)? Mario Statue

13. [GB] In Tetris, what is the name given to the action of clearing four lines of blocks using one single piece? The technique is called a Tetris! (Shocking, I know)

14. [GB] In Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, name any one of the three Sacred Treasures that Pit obtains throughout his quest that allow him to gain new abilities in the final stage of the game. Any one of the following three items: Light Arrows, Wings of Pegasus, or the Silver Armor

15. [N64] Name any two games on the N64 that meet the following criteria:
i. Both games feature a number in their title, but neither number is “64”
ii. Neither game is a professional sports game (i.e. Madden NFL 99 or All-Star Baseball 2000)
iii. Both games are not from the same series
iv. Neither game features Pokemon characters, characters from the Mario series, or James Bond
Note that the game does not have to be released before the year 2000 to qualify as an answer here.

There are a ton of possible answers for this, but you just had to list 2 of any of the following games as long as they are not in the same series:
1080 Snowboarding, Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2, Bass Masters 2000, Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition, Chameleon Twist 2, Clay Fighter 63 1/3, Duke Nukem: Zero Hour, Extreme-G 2, F-Zero X, Gex 3: Deep Undercover Gecko, Lode Runner 3-D, Midway's Greatest Hits: Volume 1, Mortal Kombat 4, Quake II, Rainbow Six, Rampage 2: Universal Tour, Rayman 2: The Great Escape, Resident Evil 2, Snowboard Kids 2, Star Wars Episode I: Battle for Naboo, Star Wars Episode I: Racer, Toy Story 2, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion, Vigilante 8, and Vigilante 8: Second Offense...I think that's all of them!

16. [N64] Banjo-Kazooie, what is the name of the level in which Banjo can be turned into a pumpkin by talking to Mumbo Jumbo? Mad Monster Mansion (though I also accepted Gruntilda's Lair because technically you can be turned into a pumpkin there, too)

17. [N64] Which playable character in F-Zero X bears a striking resemblance to and even shares the same name with another character from Nintendo’s Star Fox series? James McCloud

18. [N64] In Goldeneye 007, what is the name of the mission in which the player has to meet face-to-face with Janus, only to find out that he is secretly Trevelyan under a different alias? Statue Park

19. [N64] What is the name of the final track that players race on when driving across the country in Cruis’n USA? The nation's capital: Washington DC!

20. [N64] In Bomberman 64, what is the name of Altair’s coveted weapon that he intends to use to drain the life energy of Planet Bomber? Omni Cube

21. [SNES] What is the name of the trademark vehicle used by Samurai Goroh in F-Zero? Fire Stingray

22. [NES]  In Contra, what power-up will be awarded to the player if he/she collects an item resembling the letter “F” with red wings on either side of it? Technically it's called the "Fire Gun," but I accepted "flamethrower" or anything resembling the fact that the gun shot fire.

23. [SNES] In Final Fantasy IV, what is the name of the Dragoon that initially fights alongside Cecil, but later fights against Cecil under Golbez’s control? Kain Highwind

24. [NES] What is the full name of the main protagonist of Ninja Gaiden?
A. Ryu Hayabusa
B. Kage Masato <- From The Legend of Kage
C. Joe Musashi <- From Shinobi
D. Strider Hiryu <- From Strider
E. The main protagonist’s name is unknown <- A blatant lie


This bonus chance is another trivia question about one of Nintendo’s finest and unforgettable consoles, the Virtual Boy. It was truly a fantastic innovation that was way ahead of its time; just look at all of the 3D stuff coming out today! From Sony’s 3D TVs and 3D-supported games to Nintendo even revamping the concept with the 3DS, the Virtual Boy paved the way for 3D gaming with its expansive library of 14 games released in North America. It was even portable, too, and was perfect for those long car rides.

25. [VB] Name any two games released for Nintendo’s Virtual Boy that do not have “Mario” or “Wario” in their titles.

Any 2 of the following games: 3D Tetris, Bomberman: Panic Bomber, Galactic Pinball, Golf, Jack Bros., Nester's Funky Bowling, Red Alarm, Teleroboxer, Vertical Force, Virtual League Baseball, and Waterworld. Other than Teleroboxer, the rest of these games are horrible.


After the last round, a few people requested that I post the results of the round individually and then a large table of all the rounds combined, so I will do just that!

Also the image for the master chart has gotten a little too large, so you can find the total results by clicking the following link:

I actually made a mistake in last week's score update. It's actually the bottom seven users that will be out of the contest after the next round, not the bottom 8. Everyone that is currently highlighted on the score sheet is in danger of being eliminated, so be sure to do your best in the upcoming round if you want to survive!


One of my personal favorite round themes, it was interesting to see how people fared in the round about the retro games. In my opinion, some of these games like Final Fantasy IV, Chrono Trigger, and EarthBound are some of the best RPGs of all time, where as others like Goldeneye 007, Tetris, Castlevania, Mega Man, and Street Fighter II define classic gaming and still hold up as excellent games. Because there was such a wide variety of games, I really tried to make the questions in such a way that you didn't have to know each game inside and out, but rather just one fact that could be obtained by playing the game for maybe one or two sittings. Looking at the results, they are pretty spread out and I find it kind of funny that 19-10 have exactly one placement for each point total.

As far as the questions are concerned, it's tough to draw overall conclusions because everyone's scores were pretty varied, so I'll just focus on specific questions. I think almost everyone answered the NES Zapper question correct, but in all fairness it was difficult to think of a question about Duck Hunt. The professor from Gradius does have a name and actually reappears as the unofficial mascot of Tetris DS. Gradius -- not Contra -- was also the first game made by Komani to feature the Komani Code. I personally found it somewhat interesting to see how many people answered "Double Dragon" for that question considering it wasn't even a Komani game, but it was a probable choice based on popularity I suppose. I was a little disappointed by how many people didn't know Mega Man X all that well, but then again I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people know the Street Fighter II and TMNT IV questions.

As far as the Game Boy goes, it occurred to me while making this game that, outside of Mario, Pokemon and Zelda, the Game Boy didn't really have too many spectacular titles. It gained a lot of popularity through Tetris, so I naturally had to ask a question about that, and I threw in the Kid Icarus one to give that franchise some representation. For Nintendo 64, I think more people need to play through Goldeneye's single player mode, because a surprising number of people did not know Statue Park. I actually watched the Goldeneye movie recently and the game surprisingly follows it pretty closely (considering it's an N64 title)! The rest of the N64 questions were pretty standard, but some of the risky questions proved difficult. I was particularly impressed with the large number of people that knew Ryu Hayabusa's name (and no one answered with Strider Hiryu), but another conclusion I reached is more people need to play Final Fantasy IV -- pick up the DS remake if you can! Finally, I got some backlash for making a question about the Virtual Boy, but we can't forget about one of Nintendo's finest hardware failures!

Well those are my comments on the round and it's time to put retro gaming behind us. Now here is the theme for Round 4!


This is an elimination round. The bottom seven total scorers will be out of the competition after this round!

For this round, there will be 12 questions on Fire Emblem (10 standard, 2 risky), 12 questions on Animal Crossing (10 standard, 2 risky) and a bonus chance that will be more like the one from the Zelda round.

Just to clear up any potential confusion that might arise, the following games will be in the Fire Emblem group of questions:
1. Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (Fire Emblem/Fire Emblem 7 for the GBA - the one starring Lyn, Eliwood, and Hector. For all of the questions, it will be listed as "Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword" to avoid confusion)
2. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (For the GBA, starring Ephraim and Eirika)
3. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (For the GCN, starring Ike and the Greil Mercenaries)
4. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (For the Wii, starring Micaiah and the largely useless Dawn Brigade)
5. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (For the DS, a remake of the first game starring Marth)

The Animal Crossing questions will feature information from the following games:
1. Animal Crossing (GCN)
2. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)
3. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)

If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please let me know. Otherwise, I bid you all good luck!


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