How can you prove that the fans who joined in 4 never played the games before?
4 sold around as much as 2. And those two games are probably the most beloved in the series.
You can't speak for an entire fandom, especially since most of said fandom didn't even play Code Veronica after RE2, Judging by sales.
I'd go as far as to say that most of the fandom enjoys the new style, and since you can just pull statistics about the fandom out of thin air, so will I!
I also don't find it a coincidence that Leon is often voted the most popular character in the series and stared in the two most acclaimed games in the series. 4 is just popular because it was GOOD, if not one of the best games ever! And most people will agree with that.
I prefer Genaro's. But what do I know? I'm a bear. I suck the heads off fish! - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang