Nice review! I wish you well on your journey through videogame history. DKC and their sequels are all great (and one of the best soundtracks of all time! It may not seem as evident as with the graphics, but the sound design was pushing the SNES capabilities big time as well!).
Hope you enjoy SMW too! I played it back in the 90s when I had my SNES and last year we played along with a friend though most of it and our impression was that it seemed like it didn't age a bit. The graphics are still nice to look at and the gameplay is just perfect.