Diddy Kong Racing is a racing game for the Nintendo 64. Featuring Diddy Kong from the popular Donkey Kong series, it was also the first game Banjo and Conker starred in. The game was developed and published by Rare and distributed by Nintendo.
There are three vehicles available: cars, hovercrafts, and airplanes. Each track requires a different vehicle. Tracks can only be accessed through the acquisition of golden balloons by winning races or completing tasks. Once each race in an area is completed, a bonus challenge will be accessed, such as racing a triceratops. To access each world and its tracks, you must drive, fly, or sail to the desired area.
Eight characters are available at the start of the game. Two additional characters can be unlocked by completing certain objectives in adventure mode.
Banjo and Conker could not be transferred to the DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS, because Microsoft had bought rights to Rare before the game was made.
- Tricky the Triceratops
- Bluey the Walrus
- Blubbler the Octopus
- Smokey the Dragon
|Dino Domain||Snowflake Mountain||Sherbert Island||Dragon Forest||Future Fun Land|
|Ancient Lake||Everfrost Peak||Whale Bay||Windmill Plains||Spacedust Alley|
|Fossil Canyon||Walrus Cove||Crescent Island||Greenwood Village||Darkmoon Caverns|
|Jungle Falls||Snowball Valley||Pirate Lagoon||Boulder Canyon||Spaceport Alpha|
|Hot Top Volcano||Frosty Village||Treasure Caves||Haunted Woods||Star City|
The characters Banjo the Bear and Conker the Squirrel both made their debut in this video game. Banjo would become the star of the family friendly Nintendo 64 adventures Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, both published by Nintendo. Banjo also stars in the Game Boy Advance game Banjo-Pilot which is reminiscent of the plane flying action seen in Diddy Kong Racing. Meanwhile, Conker would appear in the Game Boy Color game Conker's Pocket Tales, and subsequently in the mature rated Conker's Bad Fur Day. Diddy Kong Racing would later be remade for the Nintendo DS under the name Diddy Kong Racing DS.
Diddy Kong Racing is one of the most popular N64 games not available on the Virtual Console. Only Diddy Kong and Krunch are Nintendo characters. Every other character in the game is now property of Microsoft and Rare. But re-releasing the game is a non-issue, as Nintendo and Microsoft have been able to negotiate on Rare IP before. such as DK64, which contains JetPac. Every time Nintendo wishes to re-release the DKC SNES titles, they have to approach Rare for a few checkpoints and minor approvals before doing so.
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- Nintendo of America, (November 20, 1997) "Record Advance Orders for Diddy Kong Racing."
|Donkey Kong series|
|Arcade series||Donkey Kong • Donkey Kong Jr • Donkey Kong Jr. Math • Donkey Kong 3 • Donkey Kong '94|
|Donkey Kong Country series||Donkey Kong Country • Country 2 • Country 3 • Land • Land 2 • Land III • Donkey Kong 64|
Country Returns (3D) • Tropical Freeze
|Mario vs. Donkey Kong series||Mario vs. Donkey Kong • March of the Minis • Mini-Land Mayhem! • Minis March Again!|
Minis on the Move • Tipping Stars
|Bongo series||Donkey Konga • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat • Donkey Konga 2 • Donkey Konga 3|
|Other games||Diddy Kong Racing (DS) • King of Swing • Jungle Climber • Barrel Blast • Jungle Fever • Banana Kingdom|
|Related||Nintendo (Shigeru Miyamoto) • Mario • Mario Kart • Mario Party • Super Smash Bros.|
Rare • Retro Studios