It seems I ended up with a bootleg version of Melty Blood. Apparently auction photos and descriptions can't be trusted or at least the phrase, "Melty Blood + MB React".
As such, I know the patch won't work for it. I was looking around for an alternate and found an older release.
Basically it was an RAR file that contained a readme, mb.exe, and data04.p. I copied them over the Melty Blood original files and they worked (although only the intro and vs. mode were in English).
Is there anyway to get the most recent patch like this?
If not, and I have to purchase them again---
Are there any story differences between MB and MB:ReAct? I know the latter has more playable characters, but it's out of stock and requesting it hasn't done any good. Plus I'm mostly content with being able to play as Shiki and Nero.