Not sure how to react to this. Miyamoto will no doubt have a lot to do with it, but still.. The fact that EAD isn't developing a Mario platformer for the first year of a new console with a brand new control scheme is just.. weird. It also tells me that the game isn't as important to Nintendo as EAD's other projects. Obviously they (EAD) have a lot on their plate at the moment, but I would have hoped that a Mario game would command their attention. Or they could have moved it to later on in the Wii's cycle, but still work on it internally. However, they probably wanted it as close to launch as possible, so they did this.
I know that Tokyo EAD has great developers and they are more than competent. With Miyamoto's involvement the game will turn out great. But this has dampened my enthusiasm. Of course, Mario is still my most anticipated Wii title..