Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game. However I played this after getting a taste of the 2nd game.
Granted the fighting gameplay is solid and about as good as the 2nd game.
However I couldn't stand the lackluster roster. The 2nd game has so many characters, and the first game has about as much as any early fighting game from the 90's. They added some other characters as mini-helpers but it wasn't the same.