In my opinion, A Hat in Time is to Super Mario 64 as Yooka-Laylee is to Banjo Kazooie. Mario's movement was very high risk high reward in SM64 with all the special jumps and tricks that he could do, while Banjo's moveset was a lot more simplistic. I've seen people do incredible maneuvers in A Hat in Time similar to the ones in SM64, so maybe you just aren't used to the controls yet.
I'm excited as heck for it, too. It's so awesome getting spiritual successors to both Banjo-Kazooie and
Super Mario 64.