Diddy Kong Racing






David Wise


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


Adventure-racing game


Single-Player, 2-4 multiplayer


PEGI: 3+


96Mb {12MB} Nintendo 64 cartridge

Diddy Kong Racing is a 1997 racing game developed by Rareware. This game was the fastest selling at the time it was released, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. A remake for the Nintendo DS, titled Diddy Kong Racing DS was released on February 7, 2007. It is the first spinoff from the Donkey Kong Country series.

Unlike Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing has an 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 gamers would recognise them. In Diddy Kong Racing, a player can choose to drive a car, hovercraft, or plane, though a certain levle may require that the player picks one of these.

Originally, two sequels to DKR were planned; Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Racing. DKP eventually became Banjo Pilot and Donkey Kong Racing was cancelled due to Rare's departure. DKR was remade for the Nintendo DS as Diddy Kong Racing DS. This version uses the stylus for control purposes only, such as spinning a wheel to get a boost at the start, and used in balloon popping minigames, replacing the Silver Coin challenges.

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