It's not something I ever had trouble with in the game, I'm just curious. I have little to no experience with beat-em-ups, so I could be very wrong about this. But I always speculated the time limit feature was just a carryover from when beat-em-ups were games you found at public arcades and they needed a way to keep kids from hogging the consoles for unbuisinesslike amounts of time. Having mostly grown up with Nintendo adventure games myself like Zelda, Metroid, etc., I'm not quite used to the idea of racing against a countdown timer unless it's explained by the game's story environment. Of course, that's a very different thing from an arcade style beat-em-up. I don't much see the point of having a timer in BBS since we're not playing it at Chuck E. Cheese (thank God, haha). If perhaps it's just for sake of honoring the tradition of arcade beat-em-ups, I can understand that.