I too have been frustrated by the bugs in this game. Why is it that a new game can't work properly but a 10 year old Gamecube game works flawlessly. Old Nintendo GameCube games work better than than top of the line of PS3 games.
"It is my favorite game of all time."
So, you have never played a game before? Sucks that this is your first video game gen since you never got to experience the greats. You should go out and experience some classic Nintendo games. REAL games.
Dude, stop being an A-Hole and go somewhere, your extreme negativity is not needed. Go on the Nintendo forums since you love them so much. As to the topic on hand....
Have you tried doing the PS3 fan thing for a few minutes. You can look it up online how to do it since I can't recall at the moment.It could just be your PS3 needing a cleaning since I have yet to have this game freeze on me.