There was very little speculation after DKCR because of vocal folk who proclaimed that Retro was probably busy developing rocket ships to go to the moon. As a result when DKCTF was announced and Dixie returned it was a surprise to everyone, not least of which the people theorizing Retro would be on the moon by 2015. This time let's speculate sensibly! They did 3 Metroid Primes, the DKCR did better than all 3 Metroid Primes, it probably stands to reason they'll do a 3rd Donkey Kong Country assuming the Wii U doesn't die. Not the safest of assumptions of course but whatever, Nintendo Consoles have always managed to survive exclusively on exclusives made by Nintendo in the past, maybe it'll go okay. Worse case it'll be on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 maybe?
Anyway, for the 3rd Retro DKC (which I will call Baja Blast. Time was my extrapolated trilogy was "DKC Returns", "DKC Forever" and "DKC and Robin" but that no longer works) I think it's perfectly clear what needs to happen. Kremlings need to return. This is basically the only and best way at this point to continue down the path of bringing back more stuff from the past in a way that make the Nintendo Direct reveal solid and make the box art. Sure they can do other things like adding back more Animal Buddies (I'd say... Squitter, Enguarde, Rattly and Proper Ridable Squawks. Get rid of Rocket Barrels while they're at it, those stages are awful), putting Kiddy in as a 5th Kong and having Swanky do a quiz show (there's so much detail in the environments of the games it'd make perfect sense) but Kremlings are more important than any of that. They're the thing everyone's been asking of Retro's DKC games from the start, they'll fit into box art (which may not matter anymore in 2017, digital being what it is) and they'll be a selling point for a lot more folk than Kiddy.
They have to do that. It'd be crazy to go 3 whole games without bringing back the Kremlings. Right? Super nuts. It's kind of crazy they didn't this time honestly though Dixie Kong is great to have back and the Snomads work pretty well.
Outside of Kremlings they should probably continue the great things DKCTF did. Like Tropical Freeze make sure each world is novel, has a ton of variety and fits together well without having any two levels feeling too similar. Continue paying homage to original trilogy levels/archetypes, that's really cool in DKCTF, and make sure the Kremlings talk and leave ransom notes. They could talk and leave ransom notes in the original games. Also it'd be great if each bonus stage was custom made like in DKC2 and DKC3. Also stop denying DK Barrels after certain checkpoints. If there's a checkpoint there should be a DK Barrel. Also add a DK Coin to every level because the Puzzle Pieces are nice but there's too many of them to mean anything. Collecting a DK Coin was always special.
What do you think? Kremlings are a must, right? And an extra playable Kong, Swanky and Animal Buddies would be nice too yeah?