Final Jeopardy: Video Game History

The Final Jeopardy question (7/12/2013) in the category “Video Game History” was:

The title princess of this game, which launched a best-selling franchise, was named for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife.

New champ Mark Japinga defeated an 8-day champ yesterday and won $31,199 while he was at it. Today he takes on these two players: Toby Crew from Natick, MA; and Ken Dasher from Raleigh, NC.

Toby found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Animal Care.” He was in third place with $2,800, $1,800 behind Mark’s lead. He made it a true Daily Double and he was RIGHT.

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Toby finished in the lead with $7,000. Mark was second with $5,000 and Ken was last with $4,600.

Mark found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Feel Not-So-Good Movies.” He was still in second place with $6,200, $1,600 behind Toby’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Toby found the last Daily Double in “Billions of People.” He was in second place with $9,400, $3,000 less than Mark’s lead. He bet $7,000, and he was RIGHT.

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Toby finished in the lead with $26,400. Mark was next with $20,800 and Ken was in third place with $6,600.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right, incredible as it may seem.


The creator of the epic video game series The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, chose the first name of the author of “The Great Gatsby” for his video game damsel in distress because he thought Zelda Fitzgerald has a “mysterious quality” about her. That information is No. 35 on Factinate’s list of 36 Legendary Facts about the Legend of Zelda.

Ken wrote down “Zelda,” not grasping that the clue wanted the game name, not the wife’s name. That cost him $6,000, and he finished with $600.

Mark got it right and added $7,500 to his score, finishing with $28,300.

Toby also got it wrong with just “Zelda.” He lost $15,400 and ended up with $11,000.

So paying attention to the FJ! clue paid off for Mark Japinga and he won his second game. His two-day total is $59,499.

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3 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    @aaaa – I didn’t even think of that but I’m sure way more people know the video game’s name than know F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife’s name.

  2. aaaa says:

    They might have known Fitzgerald’s wife’s name but not the name of the video game. A customer at work named Zelda was asked by some 20-something if they knew the video game with her name, but the person asking her probably didn’t know Fitzgerald’s wife’s name.

  3. john blahuta says:

    mark guarded against ken, he was obviously not comfortable with the category. otherwise he would have taken 41.600 home….but i would take 28.300 any day as well……