DKC is Western.
Not only were all 5 main entries developed either in the United Kingdom or the United States, but they're distinctly different in tone and style from Japanese developed platformers of the time like the 2D Marios of the same era. They don't look or feel like Japanese games.
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