no, just no. Games do no have to be 50-60 dollars, they could definately make it a budget title. ALSO i'll be damn pissed if this didnt get an arcade release before a Console release. It was a mistake with Soulcaliber 3 and it will always be a mistake.
@ DeathSX: 3rd strike is one of teh most play and hyped games at fighting game tournaments in recent times and has been for quite some time. In japan it has been even longer. Americans just didnt like it cuz they put all new characters in and it didnt play like super turbo. Americans just don't like change and it's sad because the missed out on a few years of competitive play at 3rd strike setting their skill levels way behind japans and just now we are catching up. Mortal combat being successful has nothing to do with it being a good game, it has to do with name recognition and gore, no one who plays at any level higher then casually takes those games seriously, there is a lack of balence and too many game breaking glitches.
BTW Guilty Gear Accent Core (an amazing 2d fighter) just got release don ps2 as well as King of Fighter 11, plus many more snk games. Guilty Gear is also coming out for Wii which seems to be the new home of 2d fighters. Hori is releasing an arcade style controller for the wii for just this purpose.
@ Everyone: there is still a scene for 2d fighters don't count them out yet, they are still strong in Japan (2d fighters come out all the time) through fan participation (fan made fighters made by dedicated circle, like doujinji cricles) , and professionally released fighters (Guilty Gear, Arcana Heart, Sengoku Basara X...SNK). The reason they are os scarce in america is due to 2 factors.
1. The decline of arcades due to online gaming
2. and Strict blocks by sony on releasing 2d fighters for the ps2 (because none of them really came out on xbox or GC in japan)