i'm not as bothered so much by the fact that we're getting shin akuma and 99 kyo as i am bothered by the fact that they meant to keep such a thing secret and have people fantasizing about who the silhouettes could be. i mean, if they were already familiar faces, why not have just announced them at the start? i made a post about this on the 20th of august at mmcafe actually:
...and as well, be careful about using hype with words like "surprising" when it turns out the result isn't so "surprising", because I'm already seeing people complain about the results hardly being surprising.
what i'm saying is, surprising would have been like, chizuru, or more extreme, some character from metal slug (as if), or a character from kizuna encounter or world heroes or some other snk/adk game. or SHERMIE. she's dead, so her coming back would be surprising, especially alone.
POISON for sfxtekken is a surprising entry. EAGLE in cvs2 was a surprising entry. KYOSUKE KAGAMI in cvs2 was a surprising entry. SHERMIE was an odd choice for ngbc, nobody would have thought she'd be the sole selected character out of cys to be in a game like that, so it was really some testament to either her popularity or snk's then fondness of her character.
as a counter-example, think about the number of world heroes characters they could have used for ngbc. they used mudman, which was pretty okay. but then they turned around and gave us both hanzo AND fuuma. seriously? where was rasputin? janne? johnny maximum? hanzo and fuuma were just insulting, especially since they literally were the ryu and ken of the world heroes universe.
i described the reaction to this surprise before as, imagine you're excited because you have a tv show you keep up with every week, so you rush home to watch it. you excitedly charge into your house and jump onto your couch recklessly and grab the remote and switch it to the station. then, you see that it's a rerun, and you just think to yourself, "oh." and you rushed in all for nothing, basically.
snkp understandably doesn't have a high budget or lot of manpower so that's the only way i can understand it, but i still fail to see these as "surprising" and it's more a matter of linguistics and marketting approach. if '99 kyo and mr. karate is all that we've been waiting to reveal, then snkp shouldn't be so secretive about them! they should have revealed them at the start, made people upset, and give people time to let their own butthurt settle so they can get back to being interested in kofxiii again. some people were pretty iffed about these reveals, which tells me they really should have not even bothered silhouetteing these choices.
"i wanted vanessa/yamazaki/blue mary/rock/geese!" "i thought that was may lee, wtf!" "another kyo? more clones again?" "THEY ALREADY HAVE A MR. KARATE!!!" different special moves or not, you have to understand why people were iffed about mr. karate. if they have future dlc characters down the road that are more fresh, or if they're already starting to work on kofxiv, then mr. karate won't be so bad, as long as he's a springboard for what people really want, like uh, blue mary and yamazaki for instance. but if this is part of snkp's swansong, it's really painful to the ears. again, they shouldn't be so secretive and use words like "surprising" for this.
even with the leaked reveals, people just don't feel like talking about it much, that's testament as to how exciting the choices were. it's also testament to my sentiment that they shouldn't be so secretive about nonsurprising entries, with people saying things like "snk sure pulled a CAPCOM on this one".