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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1306
Division North Division
Match # 02
Match Date Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003
Vote difference 36,894
Fox McCloud - 57.41%
(23,573 brackets)

We got our first debated match of the contest fairly early, though you have to wonder what the big deal was going into this.

For whatever reason, many people felt that Pikachu (who barely beat PaRappa the Rapper in 2002) stood a good chance to win this despite both characters sharing an opponent in 2002: Cloud Strife.

I'm fairly sure that SFF wasn't a largely discussed factor back in the early parts of 2003, so it came down to simple extrapolation to see who had the advantage in this match. There was also the little matter of Pikachu being one of the only characters in which anti-voting actually made a difference, and when factored in with him going up against a character from his own company (which would later be known as the fabled SFF) his odds of winning were next to zero. Another reason that many a Pikachu supporter held (and this would bite many a bracketmaker in the ass multiple times through this contest) was the FAQ list on the homepage. Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire was all the rage during this contest, and people didn't yet know that FAQ hits on the home page meant squat.

The people who were rooting for Pikachu woke up to quite the surprise in this one, eh? Fox was all over him from the start, and little can be said about this match other than the fact that it was an SFF doubling waiting to happen. I almost wonder how it wasn't an even bigger blowout, given how much Pikachu (and Pokemon in general) is hated on this site.

As for Fox, though he was destined to get his ass whipped by Link in the second round, he managed to get past his horrendous (at the time) seeding in Summer 2002 and actually win himself a match. It's funny to think about the fact that Fox's blowout win over Pikachu is the last time Fox has won a match, and the second to last match Fox would ever appear in regardless of his role in gaming. He couldn't even get into Summer 2005 with the help of Star Fox Assault, being the second best character in SSBM and having no company cap in place. Has Star Fox Adventure actually knocked Fox down so far that we'll never again see him winning matches?

On a side note, Fox vs Pikachu in the original Super Smash Brothers would have been a much more entertaining fight than this match.

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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)