Im actually happy its a 2D sidescroller. Looks really fun.
Same, I think I'm actually more into it than I would've been if it had been a straight-up 3D collectathon sequel. I just played through the original back in January when I finally got my physical cartridge copy, and I probably wouldn't have been in the mood to jump back into more of the same less than a year later.
Plus, while the original already paid homage to Kazooie/Tooie, hopefully this will similarly be a nice throwback to the other series Rare was most acclaimed for, their 2D DKC games.