I bet that tiny analog stick is going to be the one of the most innovative things to happen to portable gaming since the dual screen layout. It potentially completely eliminates slipperiness and it's flat. The placement looks weird because we're used to seeing the analog far from the buttons but I don't see anything wrong.
@themasterds: If you think that looks good I don't know what to tell you, because all I see are repulsive, plastic-looking environments and bad sprites made from bad 3D models made from character designs that are mediocre at best to begin with. Returns (and what I've seen of Tropical Freeze) is much better in that there's nothing about it that looks offensively bad, but the only parts I have any actual praise for when it comes to visuals are the silhouette levels and some of the parts where the camera swoops around in three dimensions.
This is a repulsive, plastic-looking opinion and you should feel bad for having it.
I read news that the new Mario game was outsold by Knack.... crazy.
As someone who purchased both games, I can tell you that I played Knack more, and was more invested in it during my play-time. That says something about Mario.
Mario is definitely a better game, undoubtedly, but it's also so much more boring. There is just nothing interesting about Mario anymore, and the Duplo Blocks aesthetic is really not fooling me anymore.