You are listening once again to the Negative World Podcast for some reason. Let Anandxxx, Triforcebun, the awfully quiet Abdooooo and as always your host Pandareus delight you with their varied topics: Nintendo's Blue Ocean strategy; how RPG elements are dumbing down games; the best uses of motion controls (though as expected we spend 50% of the time bitching about them) and do lives, continues and gameovers have their place in games today still?
I follow BitF, so that's how I came across the podcast. I'm glad I did though! I've subscribed and rated on iTunes. I was about to suggest a facebook page to help visibility, but then I found it. I searched "negative world" and was first asked if I meant "negative worm" (wtf?) and even after filtering to only show "pages," negativeworld.org is only the second result. I'm not sure how to fix that, but I thought I would let you know that your facebook page isn't trivial to find. I think I read an article somewhere that suggested prominently featuring a link to the facebook fanpage (or mentioning it in your (podcast) would get the page more "likes."
After reading your response, I just want to add that while the balloons may not qualify as "iconic," it would still be nuts for the developers to leave them out of the game entirely, imho. I think that if I personally picked up DKCR to find that there were infinite lives or some other way of getting them than from balloons, or no bananas, I'd be shocked and a little upset. It would be like listening to a cover of your favorite song in which one word in the chorus is changed. It would make you cringe each time the chorus comes around. The 1up balloons may not be iconic, but they're part of the series, and it wouldn't feel whole without it.
And don't worry, no offense was taken.
P.S. omg, I just noticed that the emotes are kirbys. Freaking awesome!
 Ok, I just went back to the homepage and saw the link for facebook, twitter, etc. ...I'm a little slow.