Anyone else marvel at how they managed to use your particular character model for the side-scroller part with Johnny? I remembered noticing that it was my exact outfit and hair color, so it had to somehow pull the current model and insert it into that part. Pretty neat trick.
If you study it a bit more closely, and put together how they might have done it, it's not as mind blowingly insane as "holy shit they created every combination of character as a 2D sprite!?" It's just a side image of the 3D character with a real well done 2D filter over it. Not to take away from it though, because it's probably the nicest faux-2D I've seen in a game. Usually they just throw a shitty mosaic effect over something and call it retro mode. The effect was especially great for me because my character was dressed to fit right in with the cast of Streets of Rage. Seriously, it's like he invaded Galsia's wardrobe.