After two days plagued by vote-botting (crashing the site and resulting in a poll reset), a hack that made Waluigi the only fighter on the poll for a few hours, a strong grassroots push to keep Dunsparce alive among a cast of all-stars, and a close fight for first place between Xenoblade‘s Shulk and Majora’s Mask‘s Skull Kid, Smash Poll 2012′s Semifinals were unquestionably dramatic. So, now that the smoke has cleared and the more than 580,000+ votes have been counted, which eight characters did you guys vote into the Finals?
This time around, voters can only choose one combatant so vote wisely. Also, due to the mass amount of script and bot voting early in the last round, we’ve implemented an IP lock for the finals, ensuring a fair fight (and saving us the trouble of weeding out the bot votes). Voting in our Finals ends two weeks from today, Sunday, August 4th at midnight. Get voting! Remember, the final result will be presented straight to the director of the upcoming games himself: Masahiro Sakurai.
PS: For those of you want to follow the daily results of the poll, follow @Rogersbase on Twitter. I’ll be tweeting out updates on who’s in the lead in each night and responding to all of your concerns and comments! You can also tweet your vote using our official hash tag: #SmashPoll2012. Spread the word and your favorite character might just make their way into the next Smash!
Total Votes: 347,776
Professor Layton (Professor Layton) (2,532 votes, 0%)
Isaac (Golden Sun) (940 votes, 0%)
Shulk (Xenoblade) (6,247 votes, 1%)
Skull Kid (Legend of Zelda) (135,340 votes, 38%)
Megaman (Megaman) (133,365 votes, 38%)
Ridley (Metroid) (37,610 votes, 10%)
Ghirahim (Legend of Zelda) (27,602 votes, 7%)
King K. Rool (Donkey Kong Country) (4,140 votes, 1%)
Thank you to everyone who voted! Our full write-up on the winner, Skull Kid, has now been posted. Take a look at it and see for yourself if our ideas for the character sound good!