I've been replaying DKC4 lately, and something odd happened to me today. I had reached level 7-4 (that would be the Fear Factory rocket barrel level) in a previous play session, and decided to stop there, since that level kicked my ass badly on previous playthroughs and I didn't feel like punishing myself with something like that. I put that one off until later, procrastinated, found every excuse in the book not to do it for days. Then today I decided, dammit, this level isn't going to get the best of me. So I sit down, start playing, and I breeze through it in record time, with a feeling of "that's it? Are you kidding me?" when I reach the end. I missed a puzzle piece and some of the letters, so I went in again and grabbed all that stuff while dying... maybe twice? And that was it. I was scared of THAT?
Has something similar ever happened to you? Have you gotten to a point in a game where you thought, "this is where I die", either by previous experience or by hearsay, only to absolutely curbstomp this so-called "challenge"?