1. Again this is you pushing the it's nostalgia logic and dismissing the game's own merits to argue your point you're making a sweeping assumption about a large chunk of people who played the game despite you admitting it's a good game with out it which is the whole point to begin with and why the game was brought up the game doesn't feel like an expansion because it's a good game on its own merits nostalgia being a thing for you and some others doesn't change this.
You also keep harping on about how long BOTW takes place after the original and I'll tell you again for the final time that is not going to stop what ever changes they planned.
2. This part is not really going to fly sorry trying to limit debates for a start the negative comments have mainly come from one person so you making it seem like a load of people is an exaggeration secondly we're on the internet and many of us use multiple places for gaming outlooks, if we went only be VGC we'd think that that Switch was going to flop but the wider view on the net was of positive reception which ended up being more of the case and translated into the platform's success. If you only stick to VGC than that's fine don't however expect others to do the same for the sake of your argument.
Ironically you claim that you don't recall seeing people being put off by another better looking Zelda game but then bring up LA's Remake where the thread and ND had people complaining about the graphics in comparison to BOTW and that highlights my point and that was on VGC as well.
3. Now let me tell you why I think it's a good comparison. He was talking about the map yes and ALBW showed that different applications on the same map lead to a different type of experience and great game that stands on its own merits with out nostalgia so yes in this case ALBW is a good example because BOTW would be approached in the same way, you can keep saying nostalgia but that alone can not carry the game for the 30 or so hours you play through it no amount of nostalgia can do that if the game has the concerns that curl is bringing up the game has to stand on it's merits.
The reason Nintendo chose that map was also not because of nostalgia but because the testing template for the central mechanic was of an area in ALLTP resulting in Miyamoto telling the team to just base the new game off ALTTP. All you've seen of BOTW is a cavern like area that wasn't in the original and Hyrule Castle being lifted both would be significant changes to things already.