This would, however, clash with Fairen control. Throughout the game you're accompanied by two odd-looking sprites, or Fairens; a butterfly and a shape-shifter. In the E3 demo, the shape-shifting assistant was activated with the X Button, to grab enemies and throw them or transform into a yellow mallet for Mario to wield.
Now we're on Wii, we can't look at the Fairens floating around Mario without thinking of Super Mario Galaxy's item-activating star cursor or the remote-directed Zelda fairy. With Galaxy's remote-directed cursor being met with thumbs-up, we expect it to be implemented here. The possibilities for getting the Fairen hand shape to seize enemies by their bonces already has us rubbing our hands together with malicious glee.
It looks great and the story will surely be as barmy as the other Paper Mario narratives. Here's hoping Nintendo has done enough to justify the confusing move to Wii.