Anyone see the trailer for Ori and the Blind Forest (link at the end)? 2d sidescroller set in a really dense, dark, but real imaginable forest. The art style is also more hand-painted, and while not realistic, it has a very real sense to it.
Couldn't help but think how it would be if there were similar environments but instead replacing the characters with the DKC kongs. I'm not saying the whole game would have to be like this, but just 1 world or something. Atmosphere reminds me a bit of DKC2 swamp levels. I love the way the Retro DKC games look of course too, but I wouldn't mind seeing something less-cartoony, more-stylized/imaginative - like Ori/DKC2 stuff. Feel free to agree/disagree with your kind thoughts.
Trailer: http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/e3-2014-get-all-nostalgic-with-ori-and-the-blind-f/2300-9104/ --- Japanese Culture: www.shibooyah.com