Also is nobody still baffled by the control scheme they've gone with that requires a plastic stand to even play comfortably?
Nearly every review I've seen calls the game out on this. I'm hoping that it's another Metroid Prime Hunters - in terms of controls, NOT CONTENT! - in that because I have giant gorilla paws, it's perfectly comfortable for me even as it's apparently crippling others.
Also, I can understand your concerns, Nathan, but keep in mind that this game is from Masahiro Sakurai, the mind behind arguably the most reverent franchise in history, Super Smash Bros. I'd be really surprised if he didn't have genuine love for Kid Icarus.