Let this be a lesson to any developer releasing a brand new game to market, come out with everything you can muster and hold nothing back because you may not get another chance at it.
This is a great line to end on because it's so true. It seems like Superbot held back too much content in their "PSASBR2 is going to totally destroy the first game" mentality. Sadly, now they probably have to cram it all into this game as DLC because abysmal sales might mean Superbot never gets the chance to make a sequel.
I absolutely agree with points #2 and #3, but point #1 is beyond ridiculous.
Like many people have said before, this is a very small genre. A big reason why people are so comfortable with Smash's percentage system is because that's all this genre has really had for the past 10 years. Sony & SuperBot obviously wanted this franchise to be a strong contender in this genre, and the only way they would have done that was to create a fresh, unique fighting sytem that tons of people could get behind & have fun with. I think they did exactly that, and getting fighting game vets like Clock and Seth Killian to support the system was a very smart marketing move (at least for the hardcore fighters).
But like any new system, it of course had its fair share of haters. Not because it was bad, but because people just weren't familiar with it. Heck, tons of people hated the 1st Smash Bros because of it's "weird" percentage system when every other game on the planet used health bars. But now everyone loves it. So you can't fault SuperBot for trying to come up with their own unique take on the genre; that's how you build a franchise.
However, I absolutely, 100% agree with points #2 and #3. There just isn't enough content in the game by today's standards to justify $60 (20 characters is small and only 14 stages is VERY small). And the character lineup we got was decent, but not nearly as good as it should have been. There were far too many references to niche franchises (Mark of Kri? Really?) and not enough nods to iconic franchises (like Crash & Final Fantasy). And having TWO BioShock Infinite stages definitely didn't help.
I know this game could have been a much greater success, but does nobody remember this?