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(3)The Legend of Zelda vs (14)Adventure 2004

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Results Edit

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2004
Poll 1606
Division Division 8
Match # 06
Match Date Wednesday, April 7th, 2004
Vote difference 88,208
Oracle
Expectations
The Legend of Zelda - 89.08%
78 for - 0 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
The Legend of Zelda - 99.02%
(40,539 brackets)

Ulti's Analysis Edit

This is about as dominant a performance as you can get. This match set records all over the place in terms of pure beatings, and Adventure, while very influential in the industry, got its ass whipped in this match. It's simply too old and far obscure to do much of anything in a poll on our site. Why did it make it, you ask? The nomination system. Few titles from the various Atari systems are noteworthy, but Adventure would be one of them. There is also the tidbit that CJayC openly stated that he tweaked the bracket a tiny bit to get more interesting matches. So maybe he knew how influential Adventure was and put it in to see how it would do? Who knows.

A couple of interesting things to note about this match before I move on. Adventure managed to make the Top 100 list on IGN's list. And while their list truly has some issues (no Mario 3 or Final Fantasy 7), Adventure even being mentioned was something. Also, Aventure managed to make it all the way up to #13 on our FAQ list on the site during this match. Another thing of note is that this match featured the highest prediction percentage of any in the contest.

As for The Legend of Zelda, this was no surprise. It's Zelda. But when your opponent sets a record for futility set back in 2002 by Ms. Pac Man during a time when vote totals were lower than they are now, you are showing some true power. And it wasn't like it was even close, either. Adventure beat Mrs. Pac Man's record by at least 500 votes. Zelda fever started hitting the board after this matchup, and many people, including yours truly, were wondering whether or not Zelda was going to completely own this contest. I originally had Zelda 1 over Mario 3 in the Elite 8, but this match made me think twice about it. I'm sure it made others do a double take as well. 95% of the vote against anything is no joke, and the female population of gamefaqs outnumbers the people who voted for Adventure in this match. Scary.

Stats and Analysis Edit

3 vs 14. Zelda vs ...what? That was all that needed to be said to give The Legend of Zelda a win in this match. Adventure was so obscure that few people had heard of it. In fact, during the match, Adventure's FAQ rating skyrocketed as thousands of people checked to see just what The Legend of Zelda was facing. But there was something more memorable than Adventure's FAQ rank.

Adventure set several records of futility in this match that are not likely to be broken. It could not even break 5% in this match, and lost by over 88,000 votes. The Legend of Zelda flat out destroyed the Atari game, which was lucky to get as many votes as it did. The Zelda series looked like a titanic force after its first match.

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2004 Spring Contest Matches

Round One
SMB3 > Metal Gear
Metroid > Pac-Man
Contra > Phantasy Star
FF > Pitfall
Donkey Kong > Duck Hunt
Zelda > Adventure
Pong > River City Ransom
Tetris > Galaga
CT > Secret of Mana
SMRPG > Street Fighter II
Sonic 2 > Shining Force
SMW > Simpsons
Zelda: LttP > Gunstar Heroes
Super Metroid > PS IV
Doom > Earthbound

FF VI > Mortal Kombat
FF VII > Suikoden II
Xenogears > Pokemon GSC
FFT > DDR
MGS > RE
SotN > Perfect Dark
Goldeneye > PDS
SM64 > NiGHTS
Zelda: OoT > Fallout 2
Starcraft > Halo
KH > Soul Calibur
Zelda: WW > Skies of Arcadia
Metroid Prime > Half-Life
FFTA > Fire Emblem
FF X > Shenmue
GTA: Vice City > KoTOR
SSBM > MGS 2

Round Two
SMB 3 > Metroid
FF > Contra
Zelda > Donkey Kong
Tetris > Pong
CT > SMRPG
SMW > Sonic 2
Zelda: LttP > Super Metroid
FF VI > Doom
FF VII > Xenogears
MGS > FFT
Goldeneye > SotN
Zelda: OoT > SM64
Starcraft > KH
Zelda: WW > Metroid Prime
FF X > FFTA
SSBM > GTA: Vice City

R3 and following
SMB3 > FF
Zelda > Tetris
CT > SMW
Zelda: LttP > FF VI
FF VII > MGS
Zelda: OoT > Goldeneye
Starcraft > Zelda: WW
SSBM > FF X
SMB3 > Zelda
CT > Zelda: LttP
FF VII > Zelda: OoT
SSBM > Starcraft
CT > SMB3
FF VII > SSBM
FF VII > CT (Finals)

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