Yup and it they want to attract new fans while keeping older fans interested they also have to make 3D games and other game that play differently from DKC. I love DKC but it’s not like they could’ve spent the last 18 years making nothing but side scrollers. That would have been boring. Take Mario for example. He’s had 4 NSMB games (5 if you count NSLU), two 3D games that play like NSMB (SM3DL and SM3DW) and they even made a Super Paper Mario play like the old SMB and made both Mario Galaxy games linear and devoid of freedom to “make it easier for fans of the SMB/NSMB games to enjoy” and people are sick of it. Imagine the hate that a less popular series like DK would have gotten. The reason why DKCR was so well received was because it had been 14 years since we had a main DK game (all the other games he had had after DK64 were spin-offs) otherwise nobody would have cared.