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Diddy Kong Racing
Diddy Kong Racing - North American boxart
The North American boxart for Diddy Kong Racing.
Developer(s) Rareware
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Donkey Kong
Release date JP November 21, 1997
NA November 24, 1997
EU/AU November 21, 1997
Genre(s) Adventure-racing game
Mode(s) Single player
2-4 multiplayer
Ratings ESRB: K-A
OFLC: G
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Media 96 Mb (12 MB) Nintendo 64 cartridge
Previous game N/A
Next game N/A

Diddy Kong Racing is a racing game developed for the Nintendo 64. While certain elements are similar to the Mario Kart series, there are several key differences. Among them is the offering of the hovercraft and airplane (in addition to the standard kart) on certain race courses.

The game has several features. Among them are Adventure Mode, Multiplayer Mode, and Cheat Menu. Diddy Kong is the only veteran character in the game, as all of the remaining characters were developed by Rare during that time.

Rare itself), such as Diddy Kong, Banjo, Tiptup, and Conker. However, it does not feature Donkey Kong. He is away on vacation at the time of the game.

There are several ways a player may gain advantage over the computer-controlled racers. They are listed as follows:

  • Rocket Start: Pressing the A button as soon as the word "GO!" appears on the screen will grant a short but powerful speed boost at the start of the race.
  • Repeated A Button Tapping: Compared to holding the A button, tapping it several times repeatedly will grant a slightly higher top speed. (Just make sure your thumb and right hand don't get tired!)
  • Skids, Hops, and Barrel Rolls: Pressing the R button allows the character in a kart to skid, which allows for faster turning in corners. In a hovercraft, this turns into a hop, which is useful for for faster cornering, jumping a longer distance, or ringing a bell in Boulder Canyon (one of the tracks in Dragon Forest). In an airplane, pressing the button once allows the plane to turn sharper corners and pressing it twice allows it to do a barrel roll, which gives a temporary speed boost.
  • OOB Glitches: OOB (Out of Bounds) glitches require some practicing to perform, but when performed correctly, enable the character to go through otherwise solid sections of the race track and result in unusually quick lap times.
  • Cheat Codes: Entering in Cheat Codes on the Cheat Menu enables your character to experience things like starting with 10 bananas, becoming large, having level 3 power ups, etc.
  • Zippers: Passing through a red-and-yellow-colored zipper grants the character a huge but temporary speed boost. Additionally, the type of zipper that the character passes through will depend on the terrain it is located on. If it is land, the zipper will look like a chevron. On water, it will resemble a Reuleaux triangle, while in air, it will look like an octagon.
  • Bananas:  For each banana that the player collects, the character's top speed will increase slightly. The increases are capped at 10 bananas. However, if a character gets hit by a missile, shield, or trap, he or she loses bananas.
  • Balloons: Blue balloons grant temporary speed boosts. Collecting the first one turns the boost amber and enables a short burst of acceleration, while waiting to collet another turns the boost cyan and triggers a larger acceleration burst. If a player waits to collect one more blue balloon, then the boost turns magenta, a large swooshing sound can be heard, and the character is rocketed a long distance.
  • The other kinds of balloons are Red, Green, Yellow, and Rainbow. The red ones grant missile capabilities to shoot down your opponents, green ones produce traps to slow racers down, yellow ones produce shields to protect from attacks and traps, and the rainbow ones magnetize one of the targeted karts to bring your character closer to your rival.
  • T.T. Unlock: You can also unlock T.T. the Timer by beating his best overall lap times for each track. (Trophy Race

"s, Boss Races, and VS Tracks do not count). While he is the fastest racer in the game, it can be difficult to control him during turns.

  • Wizpig: You can also use the GameShark and flash the code to start racing as Wizpig on foot or on a rocket.

Characters

Each character has strengths and weaknesses and should be considered carefully before each race. The HATS (Handling, Acceleration, and Top Speed) attributes determine how well a character corners in tight turns and how quickly he or she reaches his or her maximum speed. 1 is the lowest, and 3 is the highest. The W (Weight) attribute determines how difficult it is to push a character away, with 1 being the easiest and 3 being the hardest. The A (Aggregate) Score is the sum of the HATS and W attributes and is a reference to give a player a more informed decision as to which character to choose. The higher the A Score, the better the character is overall.

Note: The following characters were originally created for this game and its Nintendo DS sequel. They do not subsequently appear anywhere else.

  • Pipsy the Mouse
  • Tiptop the Turtle


Racers

Icon Name Description HATS W A Score
Original Characters
Diddy Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Diddy Kong
Character Bio

He is the nephew of Donkey Kong. He appears in this game as one of the playable characters and is a primate. All of his stats are about average and is one of the protagonists. He shares his stats with Banjo and Conker.

Handling2

Acceleration

2

Top Speed

2

Weight2 8
Pipsy Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Pipsy the Mouse
Character Bio

She is the only female character in the game and one of the lightest characters in the game along with Tiptup. She is a yellow mouse and shares the same stats with Tiptup.

Handling3

Acceleration

3

Top Speed

2

Weight1 9
Drumstick Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Drumstick the Rooster
Character Bio

Drumstick famously lost a race to Wizpig and suffered the fate of being turned into a green frog.

He is an unlockable character who is hard to control and has slightly below average stats.

Note: Drumstick was originally created for this game and its Nintendo DS sequel. He does not subsequently appear anywhere else.

Handling1

Acceleration

1

Top Speed

3

Weight3 8
Tiptup Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Tiptup the Turtle
Character Bio

He is a turtle and is one of the lightest characters in the game along with Pipsy. Tiptup is known to have high speed and shares stats with Pipsy.

Handling3

Acceleration

3

Top Speed

2

Weight1 9
Conker Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Conker the Squirrel
Character Bio

He is a Red Squirrel in the game and has average stats. He shares his stats with Banjo and Diddy. He later goes on with his own infamous adventures.

Handling2

Acceleration

2

Top Speed

2

Weight2 8
Banjo Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Banjo the Bear
Character Bio

He is a honeybear who appears as one of the racers in the game. He has average stats and he shares these stats with Diddy and Conker. He later goes on with his own adventures.

Handling2

Acceleration

1

Top Speed

3

Weight3 9
Timber Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Timber the Tiger
Character Bio

He is a tiger and the one who called all of his friends on an adventure to help free the control of Wizpig off his island. He has average stats on all three parameters.

Handling2

Acceleration

2

Top Speed

2

Weight2 8
Bumper Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Bumper the Badger
Character Bio

He is a badger who appears in the game. He has average speed, but not below average handling and acceleration.

Handling2

Acceleration

2

Top Speed

2

Weight2 8
Krunch Icon - Diddy Kong Racing Krunch the Kremling
Character Bio

He is a Kremling who, at first, was sent by King K. Rool to find out what Timber and his friends were up to and was checking out if they were not hatching an anti-Kremling plan. He, however, helps them out. He has poor handling, but fine speed and acceleration.

Handling1

Acceleration

1

Top Speed

3

Weight3 8
Unlockable Characters
T.T. Icon - Diddy Kong Racing T.T. the Timer
Character Bio

He is a clock who can be unlocked when won against in all of the races in Time Trials mode in every single vehicle possible for that course after obtaining all four pieces of the T.T. Amulet. He has high stats on every single parameter and also gives the player stats and info about their adventure in each world.

Handling2

Acceleration

1

Top Speed

3

Weight2 8

Other

Bosses

Trivia

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