Jelly its ok to grow and evolve like the games you've mentioned. Mario has evolved as Mario for generations, as with Link, and Sonic. I give them more respect keeping the characters integrity as opposed to calling Shadow(Sonic) because of any reasons they deem him to be more "cool."
If your cool do you do your own thing much like DMC did to reinvigorate the genre when it first released.
DmC should be cool enough on it's own by not hijacking another's essence. That's like you going out trying to meet a girl and your awkward friend is try to mimic you and he fails. It's more respectable to be your own.