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Thursday, April 29th, 2004

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 1627
Division Division 128
Match # 27
Match Date Thursday, April 29th, 2004
Vote difference 37,401
Oracle
Expectations
Wind Waker - 79.50%
68 for - 0 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
Wind Waker - 92.00%
(37,665 brackets)

This was one of the few matches in Division 128 where there was both a clear-cut favorite and a clear-cut winner. In fact if my memory serves me correctly, this was the biggest blowout of the division. And even then, it was only a 75-25 win in favor of the Wind Waker. Remember last year when Sonic had a similar win against Ken in the first round and some of us thought he was in trouble? I think the same philosophy applies here. Yes, Zelda's win was convincing. But how convincing? The Wind Waker will always be one of the bastard children of the Zelda series for its graphics, despite how much they are defended by hardcore fans of the Zelda series. I can assure you that had there been the exact same storyline with slightly harder bosses, only with the graphics seen in the Zelda 10 trailer, the Wind Waker could have steamrolled this division over, and possibly even beat FF7. Well, save the fact that you're stuck sailing for 80% of the game.

When you factor in how the first round went in this division, then add in that Zelda had the best performance despite the division being so up in the air, the argument could easily have been made at this point that the Wind Waker was the clear favorite to win the division. I certainly wouldn't disagree. FFX, SSBM, and Metroid Prime all wound up struggling heavily in their respective matches, yet the Wind Waker, despite having more of an anti factor than any other Zelda game in the contest, dominated its match. My god, were we ever in for a surprise.

Match Trends Edit

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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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