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Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

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Poll 1749
Division Chaos Division
Match # 32
Match Date Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
Vote difference 54,168
Samus - 76.47%
64 for - 0 against
Samus - 91.74%
(30,477 brackets)

The first round of the Summer 2004 Contest ended with a surprise blowout of sorts. Everyone knew that Samus was going to win this match, but the sheer dominance that she showed in beating the holy hell out of Lara Croft raised a ton of eyebrows. Samus began the poll on fire, and she simply did not let up until the match was over.

To put this in perspective, Samus had never managed to break 80% in any match she had ever been in in the past, even against Isaac.



Samus clearly suffers from unaccounted SFF in the 2003 Xsts, but nothing could have possibly accounted for Samus suddenly gaining the strength to be able to break 80% with ease on Lara Croft, a former 1 seed in the contest. No amount of unaccounted SFF can possible hide the fact that Samus didn't just go up between 2003 and 2004, but she flat-out exploded in popularity between the two years. The question as to why remains unexplained to this day (Metroid Prime/Fusion were released before the 2003 contest), but the rise is there. In fact, if you go by 2003 stats alone, then Samus --- not Cloud, Link, Sephiroth, Mega Man, or anyone else --- but Samus, would be expected to win the contest with absolute ease. It's inexplicable, but for us Samus fans, it was a beautiful sight to see =)

On the other side of this, what ever happened to Lara Croft? It certainly takes quite the fall from grace to allow Samus to score 80% on you, but considering that Lara was once recognized as being more popular than Mario himself by the Guiness Book of World Records, as well as the fact that she was once a 1 seed in the contest, a match like this says that she may very well be on her way out the door. Even Pac Man has been able to retain some shred of dignity after falling from his former 1 seed grace, but Lara has seemingly given up ever trying to do any damage in these contests again. She may not be coming back, and to be honest, I doubt anyone will care after she's gone.

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2004 Summer Contest Matches

Round One
Link > CATS
Ganondorf > Alucard
Yoshi > Ryo Hazuki
Luigi > Pac-Man
Magus > Luca Blight
Crono > Conker
Bowser > Guybrush
Mario > JC Denton
Mega Man > Earthworm Jim
Tidus > Shadow
Vercetti > Max Payne
Zero > Protoman
Frog > Liquid
Master Chief > Crash
Knuckles > Kefka

Snake > Tanner
Cloud > Duke
Vyse > Laharl
Kirby > Kain
Squall > Bomberman
Ness > Jak
Auron > Scorpion
Vivi > Donkey Kong
Sephiroth > Sly Cooper
Sonic > Terry Bogard
Tails > VJ
Dante > Ratchet
Sora > HK-47
Ryu H > Jill
Sam Fisher > Gordon
Samus > Lara

Round Two
Link > Ganondorf
Yoshi > Luigi
Crono > Magus
Mario > Bowser
Mega Man > Tidus
Zero > Vercetti
Frog > Master Chief
Snake > Knuckles
Cloud > Vyse
Squall > Kirby
Auron > Ness
Sephiroth > Vivi
Sonic > Ryu
Dante > Tails
Sora > Ryu H
Samus > Sam Fisher

R3 and following
Link > Yoshi
Crono > Mario
Mega Man > Zero
Snake > Frog
Cloud > Squall
Sephiroth > Auron
Sonic > Dante
Samus > Sora
Link > Crono
Mega Man > Snake
Cloud > Sephiroth
Samus > Sonic
Link > Mega Man
Cloud > Samus
Link > Cloud (Finals)