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Kid Icarus is a good example or how to revamp an old IP. While not succeeding at every front the vibe and personality mark an impression in that IP.
In the case of DKC, I think it was also Miyamoto who didin't seemed interested in bringing the Kremlings back, not out of malice, just that he just seemed more interested in making new characters (funnily the opposite of Paper Mario).
Besides people I think the nature of making established IP bigger is also what changes the vibe. Luigi's Mansion was a short game, like the old RE games, a shorter length was more fitting for the spooky vibe, most good games and movies in that genre aren't very long.