I don't think we were wrong to expect GameFreak to fix the problems that were present in the original. Nevertheless, as long as they don't include Hoenn or something, I don't expect them to screw up the level curve, at least not too much. After all, Platinum had a great level curve.
And doesn't the region map look at bit... peculiar, to say the least? With the random-*** desert in the middle?
Female professor = AWESOME. It's about time.
I think I like all the new Pokemon! They seem a bit different from all the others, but I am sure I will get used to it. I was really surprised by the generation three Pokemon when it came out, but I came to love them. Also, I love the typing of the two mascots. Electric/Dragon is pretty rad. This game looks really promising.
Don't get your hopes too high, Carlisle. We both thought HGSS would be the greatest thing in the world... Look how that game ended up.