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Poll2114

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 2114
Round Mushroom Division Final
Match # 49
Match Date Monday, September 5th, 2005
Vote difference 27,596
Oracle
Expectations
Mario - 58.53%
69 for - 3 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
Mario - 80.06%
(27,055 brackets)

First and foremost, I have to say that that is one of CJayC's all-time greatest pieces of artwork. What many of us thought would be the sprite round became the polygon round, and it looked like CJayC was taking the extra effort to make up for what many people thought was a very lackluster second round of pics (most of the match pics were simply the first round character portraits zoomed in).

As for the actual match, there was minor hype going into it involving how well Zero could potentially do. LordOfDabu even had Zero winning, IIRC.

The main case for Zero is that this was finally his big chance to validate his strength. He had done very well on Sonic in 2003, but was hidden behind the insane 20XX Division in 2004. Here in 2005, he was up against Mario and was expected to get around 45%. Some even felt that Zero would surpass 45% en route to possibly even giving Mario a scare.

Mario put all of this to rest within literally seconds, as he turned a mildly debated match into an SFF beatdown within seconds of the poll's opening. There were only three ways to look at this. Either Zero was overestimated, Mario was underestimated, or this was a case of Zero getting hit by the SFF bug.

Those hoping that either Samus or Crono would be able to take down Mario were given a ton of doubt after this match. It was clear that both Mario and all the casual brackets supporting him meant business in this contest, and it looked more and more that both Mario and Nintendo as a whole was on the rise. And if Mario was seemingly able to SFF Zero with ease, Samus had all of one day to go out and prove that she could SFF Ganondorf. If she couldn't, she was in for a world of hurt come the fated Elite 8 matchup with Mario. Either that, or Zero was simply overrated to such epic proportions that this match was simply his true colors finally coming out.

Just like Magus!

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2005 Summer Contest Matches

Round One
Mario > Joanna
Ness > CJ
Zero > Ryu H
Lloyd > Wesker
Samus > Yuri
Frog > Riku
Ganondorf > Yuna
Auron > Big Boss
Snake > Manny
Zelda > Vivi
Alucard > Kratos
Sora > Agent 47
Kirby > Cecil
Tidus > King
Bowser > Chun Li

Ryu > Rikku
Master Chief > CATS
Donkey Kong > Sam Fisher
Vercetti > Kefka
Crono > Zidane
Dante > Terra
Vincent > Kerrigan
Knuckles > Magus
Squall > Geno
Sonic > Jin Kazama
Diablo > Kratos Aurion
Tifa > Vyse
Luigi > KOS-MOS
Mega Man > Conker
Leon > Gordon
Yoshi > Laharl
Pac-Man > Ocelot

Round Two
Mario > Ness
Zero > Lloyd
Samus > Frog
Ganondorf > Auron
Snake > Zelda
Sora > Alucard
Kirby > Tidus
Bowser > Ryu
Master Chief > DK
Crono > Vercetti
Vincent > Dante
Squall > Knuckles
Sonic > Diablo
Tifa > Luigi
Mega Man > Leon
Yoshi > Pac-Man

R3 and following
Mario > Zero
Samus > Ganondorf
Snake > Sora
Bowser > Kirby
Crono > Master Chief
Vincent > Squall
Sonic > Tifa
Mega Man > Yoshi
Mario > Samus
Snake > Bowser
Crono > Vincent
Mega Man > Sonic
Mario > Snake
Crono > Mega Man
Mario > Crono (Finals)


Tournament of
Champions

Link > Cloud

Sephiroth > Mario

Link > Sephiroth

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