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Sunday, September 1st, 2002

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1002
Round Final
Match # 63
Match Date Sunday, September 1st, 2002
Vote difference 24,619
Link - 12.77%
(2,140 brackets)

An amazing contest came to a close with about as boring a final as you could have. It was all Nintendo before our board was ever pro Nintendo in the first place. Even worse is the fact that Link confirmed what many figured out long before this match took place. On GameFAQs, he is Nintendo's #1 character. Mario had little chance despite being the favored character in the contest, and the final was a testament to this. Link was virtually unstoppable in 2002, though it would have been nicer to see him have a more difficult path. His only difficult match was against Sephiroth; Mario had barely any chance whatsoever on GF.

The shocking thing here was the prediction percentage. I know it was the first contest, but for Link to come out of left field for this many people is quite a surprise.

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2002 Contest Matches

Round One
Mario > Servbot
Morrigan > Spyro
Aya > Terry Bogard
Donkey Kong > Bub
Alucard > Tails
Duke > Iori
Pikachu > PaRappa
Cloud > Fox
Lara > Chop Chop
Ryo Hazuki > Guybrush
Crono > Simon
Dante > Q*Bert
Aeris > Kasumi
Tina > Gordon
Knuckles > Akira

Snake > Squall
Pac-Man > Goemon
Kyo > Abe
Scorpion > Kazuya
Max Payne > Dirk
Bomberman > Kane
Jill > Kirby
Strider > Raziel
Link > Little Mac
Sonic > Pitfall Harry
Tidus > Claire
Samus > Ken
Ryu > CATS
Mega Man > Ms. Pac-Man
Serious Sam > Mr. Driller
Sephiroth > Gabe
Crash > Ulala

Round Two
Mario > Morrigan
Donkey Kong > Aya
Alucard > Duke
Cloud > Pikachu
Lara > Ryo Hazuki
Crono > Dante
Aeris > Tina
Snake > Knuckles
Pac-Man > Kyo
Scorpion > Max Payne
Jill > Bomberman
Link > Strider
Sonic > Tidus
Samus > Ryu
Mega Man > Serious Sam
Sephiroth > Crash

R3 and following
Mario > Donkey Kong
Cloud > Alucard
Crono > Lara
Snake > Aeris
Scorpion > Pac-Man
Link > Jill
Samus > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Mario > Cloud
Crono > Snake
Link > Scorpion
Sephiroth > Samus
Mario > Crono
Link > Sephiroth
Link > Mario (Finals)