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Thursday, August 29th, 2002

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 999
Round West Division Final
Match # 60
Match Date Thursday, August 29th, 2002
Vote difference 5,130
Sephiroth - 38.34%
(6,428 brackets)

Both Samus and Sephiroth struggled to win their previous matches, but considering how big a favorite Sephiroth was (on Board 8) to win his division from the start, most expected Sephiroth to roll over Samus en route to a showdown with Link.

Little did most people know that Samus, despite not having a game released in eight years, was more than powerful enough to hold her own. Take the beginning of this match, for example. Samus performed brilliantly through the first couple of hours. Not only did she prevent Sephiroth from rolling over her in the match, but she actually took a lead of 500 votes. On Sephiroth.

Sephiroth would eventually rebound, however. Much like Samus's 100 vote lead on Cloud in the Summer 2004 Contest, her 500 vote lead on Sephiroth disappeared in a flash. Not only was Sephiroth able to come back with ease, but he was able to make this match far less interesting than his duel with Mega Man. He soon tied the match with ease, and before Samus could even think about what happened, Sephiroth was able to stretch out a lead that Samus would be unable to recover from.


Mega Man could still be felt in this match, for some reason.

Samus may have lost the match, but one could argue that the damage done to Sephiroth was extensive at this point. If he had this type of a struggle against Samus, one could only imagine what Link would be able to do to him. You could almost argue that the contest itself was over at this point, if you look from a transitive point of view. If Sephiroth couldn't beat Link, who would?

Hats off to Samus, by the way. Not only did she prove that her comeback against Sonic was no fluke, but she also gave Sephiroth the fight of his life early on in the match with her last game being Super Metroid prior to the 2002 contest. That's amazing, and one could only wonder what she was capable of afterwards.

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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)