There’s a buncha reasons why BF didnt do well.
First off, it was being sold with its own cabinet, and being priced accordingly. This means that instead of 50 yen, it was 100 yen, even at a-cho and other arcades where everything but VF is 50 yen. Play two games of T6 3/5 rounds for 100 yen, or 1 2/3 round of BF? I wonder.
Also, because of the pricing situation, not a lot of places bought it. This means that not a lot of people played it in the first place. Most games that were popular and are dying are the type where you had to go to certain hotspots for that game and play it there. Thats how BF was from the start. A-cho had it right away, and then a couple other arcades got it after a bit, but by that time, nobody cared about it.
It also came at a really bad time. Many crap games, even Capcom Fighting Jam got into SBO. BF came out in May, way too late for that years SBO, and way too old to be in the following year’s sbo, unless its a SUPER hit. It wasn’t, however.
And aside from those things already against it, it would have to be a SUPER good game and then it would take off. Thing is, it wasnt. There were infinites, certain characters had too much, others too little. They were mixing GG characters (watson) with 3S characters (Olivia). The more mobile, better ones obviously win. The game looked pretty, yea, but it was unbalanced and just ended up not being all that great. The arcade owners quickly got rid of their machines, and the space it wasted is now being put to better use.
But yeah, good job making a buncha really bad generalizations.
Spectral vs Generation, too. All infinites. Interesting system, but too generic, toss in infinites that are easy to do, and its really not worth playing competitively. I have to date, never seen a SvG cabinet.
NGBC is too unbalanced. Hotaru/Mr Big/Kim were the three characters most used in SBO among the top placers, I believe. It was fun for a bit, but the graphics honestly sucked, yeah some cool characters, but most of them got straight up owned by the tops without much chance. It had its year at SBO, and thats it.