Mortal Kombat’s own Lazarus-figure, Scorpion claimed the coveted spot of top fighter in Sun Media’s first ever Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale.
By no means was it an easy scrap against Street Fighter’s protagonist, Ryu, who beat Mai Shiranui, Shang Tsung, Chun Li and Sub Zero to get to the finals. Scorpion squeaked out 17-vote victory, 253-236.
Midway/Warner Brothers’ undead ninja beat out Tecmo Koei’s ninja Ryu Hayabusa, then Dead or Alive’s Ayane, then M. Bison of Street Fighter fame. In semifinals Scorpion beat his nemesis, Liu Kang.
Here's a recap of the rounds:
Ryu beat Mai Shiranui; Kazuya Mishima lost to Shang Tsung; Terry Bogard beat Wolf Hawkfield; Sub Zero won over Hayate; Jin Kazama beat Jon Talbain; Geese Howard lost to Nightmare; Siegfried Schtauffen beat Akira Yuki; Chun Li downed Darkstalker Felicia; Nina Williams beat Dead or Alive's Kasumi; Pai Chan took out B.B. Hood; Liu Kang downed Ken Masters; Mitsurugi shredded Iori Yagami; Ayane beat Morrigan Aensland; Scorpion ousted Ryu Hayabusa; Ivy Valentine beat out Sarah Bryant and M. Bison kicked out Heihachi Mishima.
Ryu downed Shang Tsung; Sub Zero beat out Terry Bogard; Jin Kazama fried Nightmare; Chun Li kicked off Siegfried Schtauffen; Nina Williams devastated Pai Chan; Liu Kang got by Mitsurugi; Scorpion hung Ayane out to dry and M. Bison crushed Ivy Valentine.
Ryu froze out Sub Zero; Jin Kazama flamed out against Chun Li; Nina Williams was drop kicked by Liu Kang and Scorpion throttled M. Bison.
Ryu outlasted Chun li and Scorpion finished Liu Kang.
Here are some of comments made by voters:
“I don't care who's stronger. Capcom's character design is just so much better than Midway's/Warner Bros'. Ryu all the way. Though it pains me to see Nina Williams didn't make it to the finals. All hail the Queen!)”
“’Get OVER HERE!’ Most classic vg line ever!”
“Ryu started it all, only fitting he sit atop the proverbial mountain of bodies.”
“Ryu, because Street Fighter made it possible for there to be a Mortal Kombat”
“Hadouken beats spear rope and if Ryu does get caught: Shoryuken! ‘You must defeat my Shoryuken to stand a chance,’ Ryu – SSFIV”
One fan directed us to a YouTube video where Ryu and Scorpion duke it out