Yeah, it's a rebranding and redesign of a universe. DK is a level up on Mario platform's.
DK western is a new DK, is not the same characters
Yeah, plus the look of the DKC games are more influenced by in Rare's case realism and CG animation, and in Retro's case an off-kilter look more reminiscent of Western cartoons with more detail than in the cleaner style of cartoon graphics seen in most Japanese games of a similar type.
David Wise's music has a style very unlike Nintendo's scores for games like Mario, Yoshi, Kirby, etc.
Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)