|Match Date||Friday, July 11th, 2003|
|Bowser - 79.47%|
I almost picked him to win two matches, but decided against it at the last minute and had Yoshi winning the fourpack instead. And I'm far from the only one. Ness was a very popular upset pick in this contest, mostly because we have a lot of SSB/M fans around these parts, but also because we have a few EarthBound fans as well. Board consensus eventually shifted from Ness to Yoshi (and more on why later), and everyone seemed to forget about ol' Bowser in all of this.
Perhaps because for Bowser, it was his first contest appearance and people did not know what to expect. But after his poll with Ness began, the upset-minded phychic boy from EarthBound learned real quick that Bowser was no slouch in these things. Not only did Bowser start off on fire, but he had nearly 80% of the vote. That's pretty insane to do against a character that was supposed to be able to win this match.
Bowser eventually calmed down a bit, but not enough for Ness to avoid being tripled. This was one of the more unexpected blowouts we'd ever seen, and soon the attention turned to Yoshi. For whatever reason the board shifted from Ness's upset prospects to Yoshi being the easy favorite to win this fourpack, but Bowser's getting 75% threw a wrench into that one real quick. Unfortunately, most people didn't read the warning signs on that one until it was way too late.