I, too, really hope for d-pad (Dual-stick shooter-style) controls as well. (Perhaps a more accurate way to describe it would be classic Zelda-style controls. D-pad for move, buttons for attack and such. D-pad is much more comfortable from a common holding position than having to reach around to tap on the screen on the iPad with one hand while holding it with the other. Will await some user reviews and then consider picking it up if the launch build is solid, as it does look great other than the lack of d-pad.