Really like how the last area of DKC becomes the first world of DKC2. The game also keeps the same feel of the original, with all new worlds and music. Very few video game series can follow up such a truly enjoyable sequel on the heels an amazing game. DKC2 offers a slightly more challenging quest, especially for those determined to find everything.
Most of the levels in the original DKC were side-scrolling maps, a long strip left to right. DKC2 has a considerable number of maps that that are big open areas like mine shafts or beehives that are explored vertically and horizontally, essentially taking longer to thoroughly explore every area.
It can be tricky to consistently locate those DK coins in every level. It simply takes more time to find all the hidden stuff... I think I logged twice as many gameplay hours than DKC before I found everything. And since the bonus areas reward you with Kremcoins instead of extra lives, it makes it a tad harder to stay alive.
The very next level, DK coin proved to be a bit of a challenge to find, but mostly due to the shitty lighting.
I remember exploring everywhere, only to suddenly, randomly, swim up and above the first bonus level. A secret trail to the DK coin. Don't think I would have found it this time round. Thankfully there's DKCAtlas.
At the start of the level, going left instead of right will lead you to a bunch of Zinger bees, requiring Diddy and Dixie to perform precision jumps over Zingers... A treasure chest within three other chests contains the elusive DK coin... Trains you to keep in mind how the game is going to challenge you from now on.
Man, I remember how frustrating this level was... Considered by some to be one of the most difficult stages in the game, I managed to beat it on my second try this time round... Of course, I still had to go back and find the bonus areas. Can also see the DK Coin, but can't touch it... D'oh!.