Overall, NRS did a great job with making this a new game in the series, while still having plenty of nostalgia, and throwbacks to the old games. However, in my opinion they missed alot of easy little things that would've made it even more nostalgic:
1) Why doesnt the skeleton make the "ugh..ugh" noise after you knock the person into the dead pool when you hold down the buttons?
2) Why no Dan Forden "FROSTY" when you freeze someone with no life left?
3) Why no "PING" noise when you are about to lose?
4) Why no "Excellent", "Outstanding", etc...on uppercuts/great moves on all stages?
Any others you can think of? The good news is, i feel that at least these 4 things can be easily added in a game update, or patch.