Results Edit


Thursday, August 21st, 2003

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 1354
Division North Division Semi Final
Match # 50
Match Date Thursday, August 21st, 2003
Vote difference 18,479
Samus - 59.14%
50 for - 2 against
Samus - 64.90%
(26,647 brackets)

Speaking of characters that people were hoping could beat Link, all Samus needed to do to face him in the Northern final was to take down Squall. Some people believed that Luigi was a threat to Samus before the contest began, and given that Squall slapped Luigi around like a doll, some expected that Squall could do the same to Samus.

It was clear from the beginning of the poll that this wasn't going to happen, but it's not like Squall was disrespected in his final match, either. In fact, Samus was a few percents over 60 when this match began. Squall was then able to spend the rest of the match doing to Samus what Magus could not do to Link, which was to finish the match over 40%. He almost finished with over 42%, which was damn good given how people had been trashing him for such a long time.

Of course, most people blamed Samus's horrendous NES Metroid sprite for her not doing so well, completely ignoring the fact that Final Fantasy 8 characters are animated like crap when they aren't in cutscenes. Thus, the Samus > Link hype was still on in some parts. And in less than a week, we would finally see a match that many of us had been waiting for for two contests running.

As for Squall, he would go on to prove that 2003 was not some fluke occurrence. He's been impressive in just about every match he's been in since his wonderful 2003 run, and though he didn't go out with a bang in this contest, we now know that breaking 40% on Samus (sprited Samus in the pic or not) isn't exactly easy to do.

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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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