Results Edit

Round One


Sunday, July 27th, 2003

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 1331
Division West Division
Match # 27
Match Date Sunday, July 27th, 2003
Vote difference 38,418
Ryu - 72.33%
(29,696 brackets)

Given that Duke Nukem went from being a 3 seed in 2002 (one that lost handily to then-unknown Alucard, no less) to being in a 12 seed fodder role against Ryu, it was widely believed that Ryu would come out and beat Duke with ease.

However, I doubt most expected Ryu to dominate quite like this. Duke wasn't really considered full-blown fodder until this match, and this was supposed to be Ryu's tune-up for his eventual loss to Dante. Ryu blasting the hell out of Nukem should have been a warning sign for the upcoming match between Ryu and Dante, though that match definitely falls into the "Where the hell were the stats back then?" category.

If they existed, people would have picked Ryu > Dante without a second thought. As is, people had to make excuses for why Ryu was going to lose anyway. And the 70% he scored here could have actually been far worse; he was close to 75% when the match began. After Ryu's horrific beatdown of Duke Nukem, all the people who treated Dante > Ryu as if it were a lock had to sit back and hope that Dante was equally, if not more impressive in his match against Ryo Hazuki.

Of course, we're not even having this discussion if Duke Nukem Forever comes out on time. What the hell is taking them so long, anyway?

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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)

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