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Game of the Decade: Sweet 16

Game of the Decade

[Update: The Sweet 16 have been whittled down to eight. Place your vote to decide the final four!]

The excitement is palpable. Go ahead, palp it. We're down to the Sweet 16 in the Game of the Decade bracket, and if you thought the second-round matchups were tough, look at some of the excruciating choices you have to make now.

Halo vs. Gears.

BioShock vs. GTA 3.

WoW vs. … Peggle?!

Fierce battles will be waged on the polls and in the comment threads this round, and when it's all over, some great games will be laid to rest. But we will be one step closer to a champion.

Take a look at the results below, and pour one out for your fallen favorites. Then click through to the next page, get your vote on, and whittle this Sweet 16 into an Excellent Eight. The polls close Sunday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Eastern, and the division finals will follow on Monday.

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Koopa Division

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1. Metroid Prime

16. Nintendogs

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<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. Metroid Prime

8. Super Smash Bros. Melee

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

8. Super Smash Bros. Melee

4. Katamari Damacy

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

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TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

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8. Super Smash Bros. Melee

9. Wario Ware Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

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5. Paper Mario

12. Animal Crossing

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

12. Animal Crossing

4. Katamari Damacy

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->

4. Katamari Damacy

13. Jet Grind Radio

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

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6. Okami

11. Ico

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11. Ico

14. Psychonauts

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

14. Psychonauts

7. Shadow of the Colossus

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

14. Psychonauts

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. Shadow of the Colossus

10. Pikmin

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

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7. Shadow of the Colossus

2. Super Mario Galaxy

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. Super Mario Galaxy

15. Boom Blox

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

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Alucard Division

<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. BioShock

16. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. BioShock

9. Portal

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

1. BioShock

5. Grand Theft Auto III

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->

8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

9. Portal

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->

5. Grand Theft Auto III

12. Diablo II

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

5. Grand Theft Auto III

4. Resident Evil 4

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

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4. Resident Evil 4

13. Dead Space

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->

6. Fallout 3

11. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

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6. Fallout 3

3. Half-Life 2

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

3. Half-Life 2

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. Half-Life 2

14. Dead Rising

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

10. Demon's Souls

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

15. LEGO Star Wars

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. Perfect Dark

15. LEGO Star Wars

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

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Chocobo Division

<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

16. Bejeweled

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

8. Deus Ex

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->

8. Deus Ex

9. Braid

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->

5. Viewtiful Joe

12. Plants vs. Zombies

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

12. Plants vs. Zombies

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old

Republic

13. Beyond Good and Evil

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->

6. Final Fantasy XII

11. Lumines

<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->

11. Lumines

14. Peggle

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

14. Peggle

2. World of Warcraft

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. Civilization IV

14. Peggle

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. The Sims

10. Mass Effect

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->

7. The Sims

2. World of Warcraft

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. World of Warcraft

15. Killer 7

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 3 -->

<!-- DIVISION 4 -->

Bo Jackson Division

<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved

16. Ratchet & Clank

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved

8. Soulcalibur II

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved

4. Gears of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->

8. Soulcalibur II

9. God of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->

5. Madden NFL 2005

12. SSX

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

12. SSX

4. Gears of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->

4. Gears of War

13. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->

6. Advance Wars

11. Guitar Hero

<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->

6. Advance Wars

14. Left 4 Dead

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

14. Left 4 Dead

7. Rock Band

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

14. Left 4 Dead

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. Rock Band

10. Burnout

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->

7. Rock Band

15. Battlefield 1942

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

15. Battlefield 1942

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 4 -->

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Next page: Koopa and Alucard Division voting!

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Koopa Division

Metroid Prime may have been the No. 1 seed on paper, but Super Smash Bros. Melee -- the only People's Choice seed left in the competition -- handed Samus her lunch by a 2-to-1 margin. Suddenly the Koopa Division is Upsetville, as Super Mario Galaxy falls to the unexpected might of Shadow of the Colossus. The voters have left an interesting assortment of titles here -- three of the most idiosyncratic games this decade has seen, alongside one pure, concentrated Nintendo classic.

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Koopa Division

<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Metroid Prime

16. Nintendogs

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. Metroid Prime

8. Super Smash Bros. Melee

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

8. Super Smash Bros. Melee

4. Katamari Damacy

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->

8. Super Smash Bros. Melee

9. Wario Ware Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->

5. Paper Mario

12. Animal Crossing

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

12. Animal Crossing

4. Katamari Damacy

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->

4. Katamari Damacy

13. Jet Grind Radio

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->

6. Okami

11. Ico

<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->

11. Ico

14. Psychonauts

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

14. Psychonauts

7. Shadow of the Colossus

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

14. Psychonauts

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. Shadow of the Colossus

10. Pikmin

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->

7. Shadow of the Colossus

2. Super Mario Galaxy

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. Super Mario Galaxy

15. Boom Blox

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 1 -->

<!-- ******** KOOPA DIVISION POLLS ******** -->

Alucard Division

Some late action in the Alucard division, as Fallout 3 made a ferocious charge at Half-Life 2 shortly before the close of voting. But the Valve classic held off the Wasteland horde -- barely -- 389 votes to 366. It was the closest vote of Round Two. Will Arkham Asylum, fresh in players' minds, have an edge over the five-year-old HL2? Probably not. So far, the voters have been admirably unimpressed by youth. They're looking for decade-defining greatness.

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Alucard Division

<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. BioShock

16. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. BioShock

9. Portal

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

1. BioShock

5. Grand Theft Auto III

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->

8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

9. Portal

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->

5. Grand Theft Auto III

12. Diablo II

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

5. Grand Theft Auto III

4. Resident Evil 4

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->

4. Resident Evil 4

13. Dead Space

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->

6. Fallout 3

11. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->

6. Fallout 3

3. Half-Life 2

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

3. Half-Life 2

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. Half-Life 2

14. Dead Rising

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

10. Demon's Souls

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

15. LEGO Star Wars

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. Perfect Dark

15. LEGO Star Wars

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 2 -->

<!-- ******** ALUCARD DIVISION POLLS ******** -->

Next page: Chocobo and Bo Jackson Division voting!

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Chocobo Division

Dark horse alert: In the most heavily trafficked poll of the contest so far, KOTOR thumped Plants vs. Zombies 640 to 293. Are we underestimating the best Star Wars game ever? As for PopCap fans, they've still got Peggle, which hopes to shock the World and sneak through to the division finals. It's the battle of Casual vs. So Incredibly Not Casual It Isn't Even Funny.

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Chocobo Division

<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

16. Bejeweled

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

8. Deus Ex

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->

8. Deus Ex

9. Braid

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->

5. Viewtiful Joe

12. Plants vs. Zombies

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

12. Plants vs. Zombies

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->

4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old

Republic

13. Beyond Good and Evil

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->

6. Final Fantasy XII

11. Lumines

<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->

11. Lumines

14. Peggle

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

14. Peggle

2. World of Warcraft

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. Civilization IV

14. Peggle

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. The Sims

10. Mass Effect

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->

7. The Sims

2. World of Warcraft

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. World of Warcraft

15. Killer 7

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 3 -->

<!-- ******** CHOCOBO DIVISION POLLS ******** -->

Bo Jackson Division

"Some of these matchups are like 'Sophie's Choice,'" said Gus Mustrapa in the first round of voting. And that round had nothing like the agonizing decisions that face voters in the Bo Jackson division now.

In this corner, the iconic first-person shooter; in that corner, the iconic third-person shooter.

In this corner, the ultimate four-player co-op game; in that corner, the other ultimate four-player co-op game.

Nope, it's not getting any easier.

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Bo Jackson Division

<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved

16. Ratchet & Clank

<!-- /MATCHUP 1 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved

8. Soulcalibur II

<!-- /MATCHUP 9 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->

1. Halo: Combat Evolved

4. Gears of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 13 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD

<!-- /MATCHUP 15 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->

8. Soulcalibur II

9. God of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->

5. Madden NFL 2005

12. SSX

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->

12. SSX

4. Gears of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->

4. Gears of War

13. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->

6. Advance Wars

11. Guitar Hero

<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->

6. Advance Wars

14. Left 4 Dead

<!-- /MATCHUP 11 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->

14. Left 4 Dead

7. Rock Band

<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->

3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

14. Left 4 Dead

<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->

7. Rock Band

10. Burnout

<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->

7. Rock Band

15. Battlefield 1942

<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->

2. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

15. Battlefield 1942

<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 4 -->

<!-- ******** BO JACKSON DIVISION POLLS ******** -->

[Update: The Sweet 16 have been whittled down to eight. Place your vote to decide the final four!]