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Diddy Kong Racing is a racing game for the Nintendo 64, developed by Rareware and released in 1997. Diddy Kong racing made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records due to a staggering 800,000 copies being ordered in the two weeks prior to Christmas 1997. Diddy Kong racing allows the player to choose between three vehicles; car, hovercraft and plane and includes Adventure, Battle and Racing modes in a similar style to Mario Kart 64.

Character select menu
Character select menu

In Adventure mode, Diddy Kong receives a distress call from one of his friends, Timber the Tiger. Timber's parents have gone on vacation and left him in charge of the usually peaceful island they live on. However, unfortunately for Timber and his friends, an evil pig wizard from outer space called Wizpig has dropped in to ruin Timber's fun. Wizpig wants to take over Timber's Island and claim it as his own by conquering all of the island's race tracks, as he has done on his home planet Future Fun Land. Hearing the news, Diddy Kong recruits his friends Banjo the bear and Conker the squirrel (this game is actually the first appearance of Conker and Banjo, though Kazooie had yet to be created) and heads over to Timber's Island whilst Timber enlists the remaining inhabitants of the island. They then join forces to go up against the evil Wizpig. Wizpig, however, has been doing some recruitment of his own, and has turned the islands four guardians Tricky the Triceratops, Bubbler the Octopus, Bluey the Walrus and Smokey the Dragon into his henchmen. He also turned veteran racer Drumstick into a frog that looks just a little bit like a rooster. Diddy and his friends must race against Wizpig and his friends and complete all of their challenges to prevent Wizpig taking over the island for good. Drumstick is eventually turned back into a proper rooster.

The evil Wizpig
The evil Wizpig

The gameplay takes place in various worlds on the island, each containing several race tracks, a battle stage and race against one of Wizpig's henchmen. A golden balloon is awarded after each race won and the player must collect a certain number of golden balloons to progress to the next stage. Some golden balloons can be found in the hub world that connects the game's areas. Diddy and his friends must eventually defeat Wizpig in a race, causing him to flee back to his home planet Future Fun Land. Uncertain that Wizpig won't return to try and take over the island again the characters follow him to his home planet for the final showdown where victory blasts Wizpig off on a rocket into distant space never to be seen again.

Silver Coin Challenges

In order to extend the length of the game (and add more difficulty) after beating races the first time, the player must go and complete Silver Coin Challenges. These take place on the same tracks, but the player must collect eight Silver Coins hidden throughout the tracks, and win. Of course these coins are not simply sitting in the middle of the track, and many involve going well out of the way to collect.

Mirror Mode

Completing Adventure Mode once unlocks a new mode where all of the courses in the game are mirrored, and the player must complete them all again. This includes the aforementioned Silver Coin Challenges.



Non Playable

Taj the Genie
Taj the Genie
  • Wizpig the giant alien Pig
  • Tricky the Triceratops
  • Bluey the Walrus
  • Bubbler the Octopus
  • Smokey the Dragon
  • Taj the elephant genie who helps the player out throughout the game.

Game Areas

The open world was split into five game areas, each with four tracks, a boss event, and a multplayer combat minigame.

Dino Domain

  • Ancient Lake
  • Fossil Cannon
  • Jungle Falls
  • Hot Top Volcano
  • Boss: Tricky the Triceratops

Snowflake Mountain

  • Everfrost Peak
  • Walrus Cove
  • Snowball Valley
  • Frosty Village
  • Boss: Bluey the Walrus

Sherbert Island

  • Whale Bay
  • Crescent Island
  • Pirate Lagoon
  • Treasure Caves
  • Boss: Bubbler the Octopus

Dragon Forest

  • Windmill Plains
  • Greenwood Village
  • Boulder Canyon
  • Haunted Woods
  • Boss: Smokey the Dragon

Future Fun Land (Accessible after beating Wizpig the first time)

  • Spacedust Alley
  • Darkmoon Caverns
  • Spaceport Alpha
  • Star City
  • Boss: Wizpig

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