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Saturday, August 2nd, 2003

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1337
Division North Division
Match # 33
Match Date Saturday, August 2nd, 2003
Vote difference 63,666
Link - 82.13%
53 for - 0 against
Link - 95.42%
(39,180 brackets)

The second round of this contest kicked off with Link further proving his dominance over the rest of the field. The man had performed to rather insane heights in 2002, but he came out in 2003 fully prepared to outdo himself. Poor Fox never stood a chance, especially given that you're more likely to see ESPN admit to being wrong about how badly they were owned by USC than you are seeing Link facing the ass end of Nintendo SFF. It simply won't happen.

For the second match in a row, there was no real reason to believe that Link repeating was in any jeopardy whatsoever. If anything, he came out and did more than what we expected of him, and that's a lot given what he was coming off of. A few upset hopefuls took the Mario/DK 2002 route and claimed that this match proved nothing due to it being SFF (as was Link's first round match, come to think of it), but breaking 80% is good regardless of who the opponent is. Still, it is fair to cite that these were two SFF affairs that Link exploded in. The next round would be a much more telling sign for his repeat chances.

On a side note, here's an interesting poll to compare to this Link/Yoshi 2004 affair:

Granted it's a much stronger Link, but Yoshi only managed to do .72% better on him than Fox. Yet Yoshi is a contest staple while Fox's last match in contests was back in this very 2003 loss to Link. It was a quiet exit, but one that needs to end fairly soon. Fox could be a strong character if put into the right situation, and him being the second best character in SSBM can't hurt.

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2003 Contest Matches

Round One
Link > AiAi
Fox > Pikachu
Ganondorf > Tidus
Magus > Sam Fisher
Squall > Jill
Luigi > Ratchet
KOS-MOS > Crash
Samus > Isaac
Cloud > CATS
Auron > Tails
Bowser > Ness
Yoshi > Conker
Aeris > Sora
Master Chief > Felix
Zero > Scorpion

Sonic > Ken
Mario > Olimar
Shadow > Wario
Kefka > Pac-Man
Crono > Tom Nook
Alucard > Bomberman
Kirby > Ramza
Max Payne > Gordon
Sephiroth > Raziel
Snake > Raiden
Knuckles > Yuna
Ryu > Duke
Dante > Ryo Hazuki
Donkey Kong > Vyse
Vercetti > Kite
Zelda > Lara Croft
Mega Man > Mr. Resetti

Round Two
Link > Fox
Magus > Ganondorf
Squall > Luigi
Samus > KOS-MOS
Cloud > Auron
Bowser > Yoshi
Aeris > Master Chief
Sonic > Zero
Mario > Shadow
Crono > Kefka
Alucard > Kirby
Sephiroth > Max Payne
Snake > Knuckles
Ryu > Dante
Vercetti > Donkey Kong
Mega Man > Zelda

R3 and following
Link > Magus
Samus > Squall
Cloud > Bowser
Sonic > Aeris
Mario > Crono
Sephiroth > Alucard
Snake > Ryu
Mega Man > Vercetti
Link > Samus
Cloud > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mario
Mega Man > Snake
Cloud > Link
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Cloud > Sephiroth (Finals)