Diddy Kong Racing
Diddy Kong Racing is a racing video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It was released on November 14, 1997 in Japan, November 21, 1997 in Europe and November 24 1997 in North America.
The game is set in "Timber's Island" and revolves around Diddy Kong and his friends' attempt to defeat the intergalactic pig-wizard antagonist, Wizpig, through winning a series of races.
Why It Rocks
- The game introduces Banjo and Conker, who would go on to be Rare's most iconic characters. It would also introduce Tiptup, who would appear in the Banjo-Kazooie games.
- Very colorful and charming graphics.
- You can choose between three vehicles, a car, a hovercraft, and a plane. Each vehicle has their own differences, making them unique.
- The game has a plot, a hub world, and bosses, which are some things that other racing games at the time didn't have.
- Taj will give you Vehicle Challenges each time you clear or make progress in a different zone.
- Pressing the acceleration button rapidly (A button) can make the car or plane go faster if done correctly.
- Very enjoyable gameplay like Crash Team Racing.
- Sometimes when the AI has a rocket or a homing missile, they wait until you shoot or play your horn only if you are in a higher position.
- After you defeat Wizpig in Future Fun Land, you'll unlock a new mode known as Adventure 2, which is a harder version of Adventure Mode with flipped tracks.
- Enjoyable multiplayer, specially the battle arenas.
- An amazing soundtrack at high quality considering the limitations of the N64.
- The game has voice acting, giving the characters some sort of personality.
- The Time Trials against T.T. ghost provide a decent challenge to unlock the fastest character.
- When the credits roll, the game gives you cheat codes for a brief moment.
- One specific map in each zone have a hidden key that opens a fifth map required to open the T.T. Door that leads to the final race and those can be very fun to beat.
- You need to crush an specific frog using a car to unlock a secret character!
- Some of the cheat codes are funny to read.
- The DS version of the game is an inferior in comparison to the original version.
- None of the boss characters have any sort of personality.
- The Silver Coin Challenges can be a little annoying.
- The Trophy Race mode doesn't offer much of a challenge.
- The bosses say almost the same things in the cutscenes with little to no variations.
- You can't skip the cutscenes while playing Adventure Two.
- Future Fun Land doesn't have a hidden key, therefore it has no Battle map.
- The Rareware logo intro, if not most of the game, seems too childish.
- Despite being a quality title, the game was unfortunately rushed out by Nintendo due to Rare's Banjo-Kazooie not being ready at the time and had this game as a replacement. This resulted in some of the mechanics in the game to not be properly well implemented.