I liked DK64 so much. Yes it hasn't aged well, no it is not as good as the Country series of the franchise, but for its time it was gloriously grand.
I understand they want to highlight Mario for its 3d platforming but I think there is so much room for an entirely different 3D platforming experience with DK. Swinging through beautiful HD forests and smashing through terrains with mounts like the Rhino would be so exciting and exactly the kind of AAA experiences that would get people excited for Wii U.
Anyone else scratching their head wondering when the next 3D DK will come along? I feel like Retro will do better service to an immersive 3D world as detailed as Metroid Prime than another side scroller. Give Retro the difficult jobs let someone else deal with established side scrollers.