AND IT WAS AWESOME! (I'm sure you'll find spoilers in here) My first impression of Brawl was that it plays the exact same as Melee. And it still does. There are more characters, more items, more levels, better graphics but it still has the Melee feel. I guess they didn't want to mess with a good thing. For controls, the remote & nunchuck or the GC controller is best. The Wii remote on its side is crap. But who owns remotes without nunchucks anyway? The level editor is ok but not great. The online is a lag-fest for me but I think thats because I'm playing a Jap version in Canada.
In conclusion, if you want to be good at Brawl for when it comes out, practice on Melee.
I'll give it a 9.4/10 because its an excellent game but I've done most of it before.