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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1720
Division Hyrule Division
Match # 03
Match Date Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
Vote difference 41,506
Yoshi - 75.39%
87 for - 0 against
Yoshi - 85.16%
(28,291 brackets)

This match barely needs any thought put into it. Shemnue, and Ryo Hazuki along with it, have become little more than fodder in every contest. Just look at the results. Ryo Hazuki may have tripled Guybrush Threepwood back in 2002, but it's nothing but downhill from there. He was killed by Lara Croft, he was killed by Dante last year, his game was killed by FFX in the spring, and now he has been killed by Yoshi. I like Yoshi and all, but he isn't all that strong when compared to a lot of other Nintendo characters. When you can allow Yoshi to get 76% on you, it's time to leave the contest in favor of someone else. Sadly, it seems that Shenmue has enough of a fanbase to constantly get Ryo Hazuki in the field, and subsequently killed by characters in the middle of the pack, year after year. Yoshi is good, but he is not good to the point of being able to get 76% on a consistent basis against anyone of decent strength.

But trust me, I'm not undermining Yoshi in the least. Yoshi's Island is one of my favorite games, but aside from that, I can't think of how he has managed to stay as popular as he has for so long. Yoshi's Story was atrocious, and aside from good appearances in party games (Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, etc.), he has done very little since Yoshi's Island. For that reason, Yoshi scoring 76% on anyone is a good sign that the loser of such a match needs to go.

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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)