Nice research. Gives some insight on how the game was being developed and why NG felt so incomplete.
If you notice, only his stance sprite has all the shading on it (the rest seems flat).
Of course, you’ve no doubt noticed the numbers there, those being animation states and all.
Interesting to note that while the stage ‘beam’ points at Munich, it says ‘In Moscow’.
Also, when fighting in Munich, all the characters are there in round 1, but when round 2 starts, the stage becomes nearly deserted.
—After some more playing around—
Ooh… here’s something neat… Hugo’s SA selection.
I’m gonna see what else was being worked on in NG. Maybe Urien?