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Diddy Kong Racing
Diddy Kong Racing NTSC N64 box art.
Developer(s) Rareware
Publisher(s) Rareware
Composer(s) David Wise
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS
Release date(s) Nintendo 64

PAL November 21, 1997
NA November 24, 1997
Nintendo DS
NA February 7, 2007
AUS April 19, 2007
EU April 20, 2007

Genre(s) Adventure-racing game
Mode(s) Single player, 2-4 multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: K-A
PEGI: 3+
Media 96Mb (12MB) Nintendo 64 cartridge

Diddy Kong Racing is a 1997 racing game for the Nintendo 64 developed by Rareware. 800,000 copies were ordered in the two weeks before Christmas 1997, making it the fastest selling video game at the time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It is the first game to spin-off from the Donkey Kong Country series. An enhanced remake for the Nintendo DS titled Diddy Kong Racing DS was released on February 7, 2007.

A racing game like Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing also has a distinctive adventure mode. Some of the playable characters would later appear in their own franchise titles. The game was partially intended to introduce these future franchise characters so that gamers would recognise them when these games were released. In Diddy Kong Racing, a player can choose to drive a car, hovercraft, or airplane, though a certain level may require that the player picks one of these.

Originally, two sequels to DKR were planned; Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Racing. Diddy Kong Pilot eventually became Banjo Pilot, a game based on Rare's Banjo-Kazooie. Donkey Kong Racing was cancelled due to Rare's departure. Diddy Kong Racing was remade for the Nintendo DS as Diddy Kong Racing DS. The DS version uses the stylus for control purposes only in certain instances, such as the start of the race where the stylus can be used to attain a boost. Classic joypad controls are employed for the majority of the game.



At its first stage, Diddy Kong Racing was a real-time strategy game with a caveman/time-travel theme worked on by a team of four. The Adventure element of DKR was influenced by Disney World. At this point, DKR was known as Wild Cartoon Kingdom. Wild Cartoon Kingdom evolved into Adventure Racers. Nintendo had no involvement in DKR’s early stages. In June 1997, the game was known as R.C. Pro-Am 64, a sequel to the R.C. Pro-Am titles on the NES. It was Shigeru Miyamoto that offered Diddy Kong to the game. The Pro-Am 64 team wasn’t happy with having Diddy Kong in the game but finally agreed. The game was launched first in Japan and the PAL region in November 21, 1997.[citation needed]


Timber the Tiger's parents go on vacation and leave their son in charge of the island they live on, leaving him and his friends to race for fun. Their enjoyment is derailed when an evil, intergalactic, pig wizard named Wizpig arrives at peaceful Timber's Island and attempts to take over after he conquered his own planet's racetracks. He turns the four island's guardians: Tricky the Triceratops, Bubbler the Octopus, Bluey the Walrus and Smokey the Dragon into his henchmen. The only solution available to the island's inhabitants is to defeat Wizpig in an elaborate series of races that involves cars, hovercrafts, and airplanes. Drumstick, the best racer on the island, failed this challenge and was transformed into a frog by Wizpig's black magic. Timber sends a letter to his friend Diddy Kong to call for help and Diddy in turn recruits his friends Banjo the Bear and Conker the Squirrel (Dixie and Tiny Kong on Diddy Kong Racing DS) while Timber gathers the remaining inhabitants of the island to help. They eventually complete all of Wizpig's challenges and confront Wizpig himself to a race and defeat him. Shortly afterwards, Wizpig leaves for his home planet, Future Fun Land. Fearing that Wizpig would again attempt to invade Timber's Island, the islanders travel to Future Fun Land for a second challenge. When Wizpig loses the second race, the rocket he rides on malfunctions and blasts him to a distant planet and peace returns to Timber Island for good.


N64 Character select screen. Top row from left to right: Krunch, Diddy Kong, Drumstick, Bumper, Banjo; bottom row from left to right: Conker, Tiptup, T.T., Pipsy, Timber

The playable characters are:

  • Diddy Kong
  • Banjo (N64 version only)
  • Conker (N64 version only)
  • Krunch
  • Tiptup
  • Timber
  • Bumper
  • Pipsy
  • Dixie Kong (DS version only)
  • Tiny Kong (DS version only)
  • Drumstick (Unlockable)
  • T.T. (Unlockable)
  • Taj the Genie (Unlockable) (DS version only)
  • Wizpig (Unlockable) (DS version only)
Taj and Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong comes from the Donkey Kong Country series. Krunch is a character specific to this game. However, he is a Kremling, the primary enemies that also appear in the Donkey Kong Country series.

Conker and Banjo went on to star in other games (Conker's Bad Fur Day and Banjo-Kazooie respectively). Tiptup has a cameo in both Banjo's game and its sequel.


Each world contains several race tracks, an unlockable battle stage and a race against a boss character. Depending on the race track, players may have a choice of using a car, hovercraft or plane; this choice is restricted on some tracks. Each race track contains Zipper devices that give a short-term speed boost to racers that cross them, and balloons of various colours that provide powerups to racers.

If the player beats Wizpig in Future Fun Land and obtains the amulet pieces and gets all of the gold medals, the player will be able to play in a mode called Adventure 2. In this mode, all of the balloons are silver and the tracks are flipped from left to right. The silver coins are in different locations in each track, often in harder to reach places. The opponents are also significantly better, but other than this the mode remains the same. After beating the game in Adventure 2, nothing more really happens and the game is considered done.


There are three different vehicles in the game. The car and/or plane are not used for some tracks.

  • Car - The Car is the standard vehicle of the game.
  • Hovercraft - The Hovercraft is a vehicle used to travel over water and land. Used in all tracks.
  • Plane - The Plane is used to fly. It can turn at very sharp angles and is faster than the other two vehicles.


The music for the game was composed by David Wise, one of Rare's in-house composers. Using the Nintendo 64's cartridge format, the music in the game could change mood across the overworld or midway through a racetrack (retaining the same tune and tempo but using different instruments) without being hampered by load times common to the disc format. However, this technique was only used on one track (Boulder Canyon), although it is used in the hub world, and in the character select screen as well. This was the first Rare game to use this technique, with it later being used in Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64 and Conker's Bad Fur Day.


Diddy Kong Racing was very well received for its graphics and sound, but was criticized for being too similar to Mario Kart 64. The game became a Player's Choice title, and is considered to be one of the better racing games on Nintendo 64, alongside Mario Kart 64. The game remains popular even today, despite being for an older console. It currently holds a 89% score on GameRankings.


Diddy Kong Racing won the Console Racing Award at the 1998 Interactive Achievement Awards and also won Best Console Game of the Year 1998 by Scandinavian Game Review.


Toy Biz produced a line of action figures, in 1999, (with Wizpig being the most common). The line, being acclaimed, has been said to be a improvement over the Mario Kart 64 figures for not breaking so easily, but also pointing out the lack of Conker. The line included 3 characters: Diddy Kong, Wizpig, and Banjo (from the Banjo-Kazooie game franchise).[citation needed]

Diddy Kong Racing DS

Diddy Kong Racing DS
Diddy Kong Racing DS.jpg

Developer(s) Rare. Ltd
Publisher(s) Rare. Ltd
Composer(s) David Wise
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) Nintendo DS

NA February 7, 2007
AUS April 19, 2007
EU April 20, 2007

Genre(s) Adventure-racing game
Mode(s) Single player, 2-4 multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: K-A
PEGI: 3+
Media 96Mb (12MB)

Diddy Kong Racing DS is a racing game developed by Rare for the Nintendo DS. It is Rare's first Nintendo DS game, and was released on February 7, 2007 in North America, April 20, 2007 in Europe and April 19, 2007 in Australia. It is a remake of the critically acclaimed Diddy Kong Racing. Diddy Kong Racing DS makes use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, as well as the microphone for various features in the game, and the touch screen to create race tracks. Although some of the tracks underwent minor changes, they remained nearly identical to the N64 version.

All the characters received new voices; the most notable is Taj, whose Indian-like voice was replaced with a more generic American voice.

New features in the DS version include collecting coins around tracks and using them to upgrade the player's vehicle so it can either have a higher top speed, better acceleration, better handling, or a custom design.

Characters Conker the Squirrel and Banjo the Bear were replaced with characters Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong due to copyright issues with Rare, Ltd. after Microsoft bought the company from Nintendo in 2002.[1]

Diddy Kong Racing DS received an average score of 67/100 at Game Rankings. [2] It has received a lower average of 63/100 at Metacritic, based on 39 reviews. [3]

NGamer, an unofficial Nintendo magazine based in the UK, praised Diddy Kong Racing DS for the amount of variety in the different races, as well as the massively enjoyable online mode, but also criticized the game for the poor quality of the touch screen-specific sections, particularly the balloon-popping game on Taj's carpet and the third boss battle. Official Nintendo Magazine also criticized the game for the fact that the tracks created in the track editor were all set in a cloud setting (considered by the reviewers as bland), and also randomly generated hills and chicanes. These aspects led to the final score of 80%.[citation needed]

GameSpot gave the game a 6.7/10, praising the number of activities, customization features and online multiplayer, while criticizing parts of the game for being tedious as well as criticizing some of the touch screen controls. [4]

As of July 25, 2007, Diddy Kong Racing DS has sold 1.04 million copies worldwide.[5]

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Diddy Kong Racing
Box artwork for Diddy Kong Racing.
Developer(s) Rareware
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Racing
System(s) Nintendo 64
Players 1-4
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Series Donkey Kong
For the release on the Nintendo DS, refer to Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Diddy Kong Racing is a kart racing game for the Nintendo 64; released in 1997 it became the fastest selling video game of all time, selling 800,000 copies in two weeks. The game is Rareware's take on the ever popular kart racing genre, popularised by Super Mario Kart on the SNES, and includes a number of Rare's signature characters. What sets it apart from the traditional kart racer is its adventure mode, where players drive, hover or fly through a series of worlds, unlocking subsequent courses as they complete those prior. The game features twenty racing tracks, four battle arenas and a number of boss challenges whereby the player must beat a single island denizen in a one-on-one race.


Diddy Kong Racing begins with an evil, space-faring pig named Wizpig invading the peaceful Timber's island where the game's main characters reside. In order to defeat Wizpig the allied heroes must complete a series of races in the island's varied domains, each one culminating in a challenge from the area's boss. Timber Island's greatest racer, Drumstick, challenged Wizpig and failed, being transformed into a frog as punishment and leaving the island's fate to those less suited.

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Diddy Kong Racing
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date October 31, 1997
Genre Kart racer
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: K-A
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Media Cartridge
Input Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Diddy Kong Racing is very similar to Mario Kart 64, though with some adventure game elements. Not only will the various characters (From Diddy Kong to Banjo of Banjo-Kazooie fame) be able to drive Karts, they can also use a hovercraft for water & road travel, and a small airplane.

The adventure modes elements come into play in the single player game. You are given a hub world which connects to others that consist of tracks. After beating these tracks, there are boss fights, or boss races, that pit you in a race against something that isn't your standard Kart/Craft/Plane fare.

Otherwise, the gameplay follows the standards of the Kart racer genre. Pick up power-ups, hit enemies, get boosts, race on wacky tracks.

A semi-sequel Diddy Kong Racing DS was released for the Nintendo DS in 2007.

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Donkey Kong series
Main series
Donkey Kong | Donkey Kong Jr. | Donkey Kong Jr. Math | Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Country | Donkey Kong Country 2 | Donkey Kong Country 3 | Donkey Kong 64 | Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Handheld series
Donkey Kong (1994) | Donkey Kong Land | Donkey Kong Land 2 | Donkey Kong Land III
Donkey Kong Racing Spin-off
Diddy Kong Racing | Donkey Kong Racing | Donkey Kong Barrel Blast | Diddy Kong Racing DS
Donkey Kong Music Spin-off
Donkey Konga | Donkey Konga 2 | Donkey Konga 3: All You Can Eat! Spring 50 Song Mix
Donkey Kong Puzzle Spin-off
Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers | DK King of Swing | DK King of Swing DS
Mario vs. DK | Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Donkey Kong - Donkey Kong Jr. - Diddy Kong

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