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Poll972

Friday, August 2nd, 2002

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Poll 972
Division North Division
Match # 33
Match Date Friday, August 2nd, 2002
Vote difference 22,364
GameFAQs
Prediction
Mario - 81.71%
(13,698 brackets)

As much as a good deal of the board wanted to see Mario show a sign of weakness, there was no such thing in this match. Mario defeated Morrigan Aensland rather easily in another match that served as filler for the eventual Mario/Cloud showdown.

The only real thing to be drawn from this match is that Mario did not seem as strong as the other elites of the contest. While Link, Sonic, Sephiroth and Mega Man were out killing their first round opponents, Mario was struggling to double a fighting game character. It was understandable to believe Mario's "struggle" against Servbot to be a fluke, but two such underperformances in a row could leave open questions about how elite Mario truly was. The aforementioned characters seemed like the types who could rip open anyone who showed any signs of weakness, and even though we didn't knowhow strong Servbot or Morrigan were yet, it's hard to believe that the elite first round characters wouldn't be able to do better than Mario's 66.81% against Morrigan Aensland. All focus was on Cloud and how well he would or would not do against Pikachu at this point, and if Cloud were to annihilate Pikachu, most would be hard-pressed not to see Cloud as the favorite going into the Mario-Cloud duel. Mario had to improve on some level if he wanted to compete with Cloud, or any other elite for that matter.

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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)

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