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.
|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, the main issue being Rare, which now is owned by Microsoft. To this effect, Banjo and Conker were replaced by Tiny and Dixie in the remake. However, because Nintendo holds exclusive rights to the Donkey Kong franchise, the game could be released if the Rare characters were removed. Even so, because of the costs of adjusting the game, a release still is unlikely.
- Nintendo of America, (November 20, 1997) "Record Advance Orders for Diddy Kong Racing."