Platforming in this case involves rocket packs
The game came out during the animal mascot game era or gaming, among other such contemporaries such as Bubsy and Aero the Acrobat. The mammal du jour of RKA is a possum named Sparkster, who blasts through a vaguely steampunk world saving other possums from an army of pigs while occasionally fighting his rival, Axel Gear.
More games need to let you fight your rival in giant robots
To be honest, I couldn't be more surprised if Nintendo announced a new 2D Metroid or an English version of Mother 3
What's even more surprising is that this new game is actually trying to recapture the spirit of the original game instead simply making a grimdark adventure and calling it a day. I'd go into more detail about it, but it seems a little superfluousness without actually giving more background on Sparkster and his game. So in the following few days I'm going to play through all three of his games and post my impressions here. That way everyone can have a better idea of what the series is and what this new sequel should do to stay true to it.
1up's Rocket Knight Coverage