Whenever your favorite franchise comes out with a new game, it's like catching up with a childhood friend. Maybe they're trying to make a new look work. Or they've made the jump from evil to hero. Sometimes they suddenly have a huge family you've never heard about before.
It's jarring at first, but when you've known someone for 30 years, you just kind of support whatever phase they're in now. Just... maybe cool it with the hats, Mario.