Can't wait to play it, being a fan of the Prime trilogy. The Metroid fanbase, however, has already reached Sonic levels of insanity. Plus I happen to live near the location the creator of that petition resides in.
The steps on transferring your 3DS data onto your New 3DS looks simple up until it stated a screwdriver and computer are required. I never used a screwdriver before, because I fear I may screw up, no pun intended, putting it back together.
I agree with you, and never believed that rumor. It is interesting to think though how one would look. Perhaps GF will make Gen VII New 3DS exclusive and offer us Wii graphics or at least polished Gamecube graphics. It'll be amazing to see a new region with such graphics, and if the next remake is Yellow as you yourself guessed then seeing Kanto with such a graphical boost would be nice, and maybe Sinnoh too.