Pretty much what Nasty and Shirayuki said. I don't necessarily have an intense, broiling hatred for the two-legged Motaro, but that definitely killed his appeal for me. Motaro being a centaur-thing is what what made him unique and interesting in the first place.
I was hoping that since MK9 was a reboot of MK1 thru UMK3, that Motaro would be an alternating sub-Boss, between Goro and Kintaro.
Hell, I'd even pay for a Motaro MK9 DLC, as an NPC sub-Boss character.
It would complete the whole UMK3 experience in MK9.
1. Would you hate it if:
Baraka was made without his arm blades, Scorpion without his spear, Sub-Zero without his freezing moves?
2. Would you expect it? Of course not, it will NEVER happen. It would be the most absurd and most unpopular thing ever seen in the franchise.
My point here? The most well-known characters have their own unique style and appearance. Taking away Motaro's 4 legs takes away what has made him who he originally is and what made him so hard to beat in MK3.
I think a Minotaur Motaro would have been accepted well if he wasn't already a Centaur. I also like his original version and would like to have him as sub-boss in MK9. Unfortunately, we didn't even get to see enough of him in story mode.