I must admit, intrigued by this..
Was it actually any good? I wonder... One of the reasons i loved 2d rare games was their difficulty. The Donky Kong games weren't overly hard, but they were much more challenging to complete 100% than most Nintendo games. Even Super Mario World didn't match DK country's shear scale and secrets. TBH I get pretty fed up with the "you need to go this way" icons that Nintendo have littered their games with in the last 10 years, i don't think i could bare that from a DK game :S
All i need is the music and monkeys to enjoy DK, DKC 64 failed on one of those counts. Maybe Nintendo did a better job?