Oh snap, I could use some KI3. I thought part 1 was more fun than 2. Making Orchid look like Janet Jackson was pretty lame.
Yeah, KI 1 was MUCH better than 2. The combos in KI1 required a good deal of skill to pull off (anything over a Super(4-hit) or Hyper(5-hit) Combo). It seemed to me that in KI2 I got my ass handed to me by button mashers who pulled off inconsistant combos and that eventually drove me to stop playing the game.
I still play KI1 using the Ultra64 EMU - I have a cool arcade stick rig that plugs into a computer.