I guess so. I get that you should be able to learn more skills etc as you go along, but stuff like the Super Jump seem pretty vital to getting anywhere on things like that Tower level. As without it you spend half the time just running to the main area.
I am really enjoying it though, it's just that, especially because it's a sequel, you would think they would have ironed stuff like this out.
Update out today seems to have tweaked some of the Specials, so that could be interesting. Also had no idea about the exploit it apparently fixes, though I wouldn't have used it anyway I don't think.