I definitely do not hate this game, but there is a lot with it that I am disappointed with and wished had been included. The story is lacking entirely, and there is nothing really "unique" about any of the characters, which feels like a big far cry from from all the other games (I mean, I actually really love SPM just because of how great the characters are).
The music and landscapes are PHENOMENAL and really pleasing, but it feels like there isn't much driving the game forward towards its completion. The lack of silly lines from Bowser is a REALLY egregious example of what is wrong with this game.
"Hi, I'm Ron Paul; I don't believe in God, and I can guarantee that leprechauns don't exist!"
It's still a bit too early to say I love the game since I'm just in World 3, but I enjoy it a lot. They kept a lot of the series' charm even with the minimalist story structure and the sticker system makes for fun battles. I think a lot of people would enjoy it more without the baggage from the rest of the series, it's a very strong game on its own merits.