I definitely understand what you're getting at. The backside to chorusing, however, is that it loses its crispness and sound "bubbly" when you add them all together. This "flaw" is more prominent in version 2, and can also be heard in Gradius' version. Version 1 took about 20 times more effort to get the right "tone" to it, and was the last of several attempts. Version 3 was a quick test, and might develop into a more faithful sound with some tweaking.
That being said, I agree that the overall ambience in version 1 is still the best, as I suspect was your point. Hence, gapper/snipper might be the key to improving the earlier versions.