I just got Grand Bazaar for christmas, and I must say, I really love it. I think its the best hm game so far. It was getting a bit tedious with the same villagers, same concept same festivals. I love all the new characters, although I do agree they need a wider span of phrases.
I'm one month in game, and I really love the bazaar. I love how you can sell your produce so easily, although I wish I could sell to Raul easier too. Great how it's once a week so I have time to get all my best produce ready to sell. But I think the bag should have alot more room, because I like to have everything in my bag for bazaar day, not have to run back half way through and lose valuable selling time.
I wish there was like, a real core concept to the game. Yes, you have to have a great bazaar, but doing so doesn't really give you any real satisfaction. In the previous games, you needed to do certain things before you could marry, like finding 60 sprites, unlocking all the characters, or islands etc. But in this everything is pretty much unlocked. No house expansions from what I can see so far, don't know if you can get one from Gannon, all i've seen are store renovations.
But I love the game and I know I'll be addicted for the whole christmas holidays:))