Game Debate to the Death!
Excitebike VS Punch-Out!!

Last week’s PS2 platformer debate brought out various different opinions from readers, with a healthy amount of fan support from all sides. While there was one clear winner, there was a vicious fight for second place, with a single deciding vote preventing it from finishing as a tie. Here are the close results:

  • 1st: Ratchet & Clank series (42 votes) — Winner!
  • 2nd: Sly Cooper series (22 votes)
  • 3rd: Jak & Daxter series (21 votes)

This week, not only do I feel like starting some retro debates, but I’d also like to rekindle an element of these debates we haven’t visited in a while. I used to enjoy debates between two games that aren’t very similar. Discussions that force you to think outside the box, consider all the pros and cons of each game, and compare and contrast them in a way that really makes you think about why you did or didn’t enjoy a certain game.

With debates like these, it’s not good enough to just vote with your gut — it forces you to be more analytical and think like a game designer. It’s my opinion that you should be able to compare any two games to each other no matter how drastically different they are in their nature.

For tonight we’ll start off simple though, with Excitebike and Punch-Out!! — two sports games with completely different gameplay styles. Which game do you think is better, and why? Give it some serious thought, get some NES friends to share their opinions as well, and check back next week for the winner and an even odder Retro debate matchup.

Bonus Question: What other NES retro games would you like to see fight to the death in a debate?

Tom Fronczak