The people for whom the controls didn't work either had a broken Wii mote, didn't have the sensor bar placed ideally or fundamentally did something wrong. Because if you control it the way the tutorial tells you it works. It nearly always worked for me.
I want to believe you and agree with you, but I tried it with every modification you can imagine. I tried it with the official black wiimote+ controllers, I tried it with the white wiimotes with the Motion+ attachment, I tried it with and without the sleeve, I tried it with the sensor bar on top of the TV and with it below the TV, I tried it on multiple TVs, I tried it standing and sitting down, and I made sure to consult Nintendo and online FAQs to figure out what/if I was doing something wrong.
At best, I got 5 minutes of play before I had to recalibrate. (Also, Wii Motion+ aren't supposed to use the IR sensor bar, that was sort of the point, was it not?)
Point is, I did my due diligence. I put in the time and I played that game for 20+ hours and in that entire time I was lucky if I could get 5 minutes out of the wiimote without having to recalibrate. Obviously others did not have this problem but it's incredibly unfair to assume I was just doing it wrong or something when I spent hours troubleshooting the issue, consulted with Nintendo tech support, and consulted multiple online FAQs to figure out what may have been going wrong. We tried everything and nothing worked.
I'm glad it worked for you. Had it worked for me I may have a wholly different opinion of the game (Bad dialogue and Fi are not game-enders for me.) I absolutely love the series, and I cite A Link to the Past, Breath of the Wild, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Minish Cap among my all-time favourite games. I'm not biased against the game and the things it did (motion controls, linear progression, more indepth story elements) were things I liked in theory, it just so happened to be that I felt it failed its three major deviations from the formula or the things it was trying to do to set it apart. Clearly I am the minority, but just like FFXIII and Dark Souls II, there's a reason these games are outliers within their franchises and have the most contention within the community. My stances are not unfounded, nor are they without precedent. You can't just dismiss my take because the controls worked for you.
My Console Library:
PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, WiiU, Wii, GCN, N64 SNES, XBO, 360
3DS, DS, GBA, Vita, PSP, Android
Top 6 this generation:
Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, God of War, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Dark Souls III, Red Dead Redemption II, Rock Band 4