Diddy Kong (ディディーコング, Diidī Kongu) is Donkey Kong's friend, nephew and sidekick who first appeared in the game Donkey Kong Country for the SNES. He wears a red hat with the Nintendo logo on it and a red shirt with bright yellow stars on it.

When Rare was still with Nintendo, they made him for his big debut. And even though Rare was sold, Nintendo obtained the rights to use him in their games as he was from a Nintendo series. He is also the boyfriend of Dixie Kong. He wants to help Donkey Kong and stop evil from coming to their islands.


Donkey Kong Country[]

Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong Country)
DK and Diddy

Donkey Kong and Diddy on a rope.

In Donkey Kong Country, Diddy Kong debuted as Donkey Kong's best friend and nephew who aspired to be a video game hero/superhero just like him. However, one night the evil Kremlings trapped Diddy Kong and locked him up in a barrel and stole the Kong's Banana Hoard. DK rescued Diddy, and together, the two of them went on a journey to defeat King K. Rool and recover their stolen Banana hoard.

Diddy was faster than Donkey Kong and had better jumping skills, however his signature cartwheel attack was weaker than Donkey Kong's roll attack.

In Super Smash Bros, it is confirmed that Donkey Kong is Diddy's uncle.

Donkey Kong Land[]

Donkey Kong Land is often thought to be a port. However, this game was a completely unique adventure in which Cranky Kong dared Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong to beat an 8-bit game. Diddy and Donkey then traverse through new and old locations on Donkey Kong Island before finally defeating King K. Rool at Big Ape City.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest is the sequel to the successful Donkey Kong Country. In this game, the evil K. Rool had kidnapped Donkey Kong under the guise of Kaptain K. Rool to obtain the Kong's banana hoard. Instead of giving into the ransom, Diddy left to retrieve Donkey Kong with his girlfriend Dixie Kong.

This game was Diddy's first role as a main character and set him apart from other sidekicks of the time such as Luigi.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![]

Although he was not playable in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, he did make an appearance and he was mentioned. The plot line revolves around Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong taking a vacation in the Northern Kremisphere only to be kidnapped by K. Rool. They are then rescued by Dixie Kong and her cousin Kiddy Kong.

Donkey Kong 64[]


Donkey Kong 64.

In Donkey Kong 64, K. Rool kidnapped Donkey Kong's friends Diddy Kong, Tiny Kong (the younger sister of Dixie Kong), Lanky Kong and Chunky Kong (The older brother of Kiddy Kong).

Diddy is the first character to be rescued and he collects red coins and red bananas as well as red blueprints for Snide. His most notable weapons in this game are the Peanut Popguns given to him by Funky Kong, the Jetbarrel given to him by Cranky Kong and the electric guitar given to him by Candy Kong.

Diddy Kong Racing/DS[]

Diddy Kong (Diddy Kong Racing)

This game was the first spin off for the Donkey Kong series and Diddy Kong was the star. In this game he went to help his friend Timber from the evil Wizpig. This game was notable for the fact that it had no other Donkey Kong characters and saw the debut of both Banjo from Banjo-Kazooie and Conker from Conker's Pocket Tales.

Diddy Kong Racing DS was a sequel to Diddy Kong's first real starring role of Diddy Kong Racing. The game received a new storyline and two characters from the original were noticeably absent (Banjo and Conker) however three new characters were made playable Taj the elephant genie from the first game and Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong both from the Donkey Kong series. Due to Nintendo losing the rights of Rare characters because of Rare moving to Microsoft.

Donkey Konga series[]

Diddy Kong DKa Artwork

The Donkey Konga series on the GameCube utilized the Bongo accessories. They were rhythm based games in which you beat the drums in a similar fashion to DDR. Diddy Kong was a playable second character in all three.

DK: King of Swing series[]


Diddy's artwork from DK: King of Swing.

DK: King of Swing was the first game developed by Paon. Diddy Kong and Donkey Kong were the only characters playable in one player, although you had to complete the game once as DK to play as Diddy. He was a faster jumper but slower hitter than Donkey Kong.

On the Nintendo DS sequel of King of Swing called DK: Jungle Climber, we once again saw Diddy in a very similar role. This game however had a stronger storyline than the previous one and introduced a new character Xananab.

Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast[]

Diddy Kong appeared as a playable character in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast being of medium size, lighter weight and faster speed compared to Donkey Kong. A Kremling equivalent called Kip was created to Rival Diddy Kong.

Mario Spin-offs[]

Diddy Kong has recently been featured in a slew of Mario cameo games include Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Power Tennis, Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Mario Strikers Charged, and Mario Kart Wii. In most titles, he is usually partner with his friend Donkey Kong.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Diddy Kong makes his Smash debut as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He was given realistic chimpanzee sounds instead of Katsumi Suzuki's voice clips. His Peanut Popguns and Jetpack from Donkey Kong 64 make a return in his moveset, he also pummels people in the face and throws bananas. His Final Smash is using his jetpack and peanut popguns at the same time. He even appears in the Subsapce Emissary.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U[]

Diddy Kong returns as a playable character in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Diddy Kong is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His new Final Smash is The "Hyper Rocketbarrel". In the World of Light trailer and intro, Diddy gets brutally slaughtered by Galeem's beams of ultimate destruction along with all the other fighters except Kirby, who used his warp star to escape. He is then saved and revived by Kirby and the other revived fighters.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[]

Diddy Kong appears in the Wii game, Donkey Kong Country Returns and the 3DS remake Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. He is the first to notice the Banana Hoard being stolen by animals who are hypnotized by the Tiki Tak Tribe, and attempts to pursue them to retrieve it. However, Diddy fails, and he is shoved into a barrel. After he is freed, he and Donkey Kong go on another quest to reclaim the Banana Hoard by traversing through the various regions of the island while fighting the operatives in each of them. After defeating Tiki Tong, he and Donkey Kong get the Banana Hoard back from the Tiki Tak Tribe.

Diddy has different roles after the final battle. If he is with his big buddy at the end, they are ejected from the lair by the explosion of Tiki Tong to space. While Diddy panics, DK comes up with a plan and they knock the moon out of its orbit. Even without Diddy, Donkey Kong still frees the bananas, only to realize he is falling at an alarming speed. Fortunately, Diddy Kong returns to save his friend. Should Diddy triumph on his own, he's in a complete state of panic and he tries to save himself from the moon's gravitational pull with his barrel jet. However, it malfunctions and it instead sends him crashing headfirst into the moon, the impact knocking it out of orbit. The unconscious Diddy plummets from the sky, only to land and awaken in DK's hands. Either way, the Kongs celebrate the bananas' freedom.

Diddy can be controlled in this game by a second Wii Remote. He is more agile than Donkey Kong, and still has control of the barrel jet. He also has Peanut Popguns which can be used to stun enemies (and gain an edge on Mugly and Thugly).

Other media[]


Diddy in the Donkey Kong Country cartoon.

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Diddy with Dixie and Chunky in The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Diddy appeared in every episode of the Donkey Kong Country animated series, voiced by Andrew Sabiston. His characterization is more or less the same as in the games, especially the first one.

Diddy has a cameo in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, as one of the audience members at the battle between Mario and DK. He is voiced by Eric Bauza. In the film, he is seen in the crowd at the Great Ring of Kong for Mario and Donkey Kong's fight, cheering for the latter with Dixie and Chunky Kong sitting between him. He continues to cheer even after Cranky silences the crowd until he tells him to be quiet, causing Diddy to sheepishly apologize.


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