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Thursday, July 25th, 2002

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 964
Division West Division
Match # 25
Match Date Thursday, July 25th, 2002
Vote difference 41,731
Sonic - 95.59%
(16,024 brackets)

Not one day after Link showed us what the true meaning of dominant was, Sonic went out and did the exact same thing. We had gone through an entire contest having only seen one character break 80%, yet in back to back matches, both Sonic and Link managed to do the same thing. Granted Little Mac and Pitfall Harry are little more than fodder, but still, blowouts are blowouts. You could conceivably say the exact same things about Sonic during this match that you could about Link in the last match. The only differences were that the total votes of Sonic's particular poll were less than Link's, plus the fact that in comparison to Link, Sonic's odds of winning this contest were horrible. Sonic may not be as good in the 3D era as the 2D era, but the fact remained that he was a gaming legend coming into this contest, and not only that, he was fresh off of what may be his best 3D title: Sonic Adventure 2. Yet for whatever reason, people did not put Sonic on the same level as a Mario, Link, or Cloud.

Despite what we know about Sonic now, there was absolutely no way to see Sonic's fate coming after his blowout of Pitfall Harry. To us, Sonic was the loveable blue guy that almost helped Sega take down Nintendo, not the semi-joke that he is today, and because of the Pitfall Harry result, there was no way to assume anything but Sonic being as elite as the other elites.

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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)