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Providing edge of your seat excitement, Diddy Kong Racing gives a fresh take on the traditional racing game, with multiple maps and vehicle choices. Whilst it can be difficult to master, you're sure to get hours of fun.

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      18.05.2011 17:00

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      a decent racing game, but it´s not mario kart

      Personally I think Mario Kart was the best racing game for nintendo 64, but this is a close second I must say.

      What I think is great about this game is the single adventure story that it has that mario karts lacks, it makes the game more interesting to play on your own and it can at times be very difficult, so great challenge.

      Another bonus that this game has is that you can not only drive a car, but a hoover craft and a plane! The charachters are all animals, there´s obviously the monkey but then there´s a crocodile, a squirrel, a turtle and many more.

      I think some of the courses you drive are great where as others are quite booring. The music is ok, not brilliant. As with any racing game, it only really comes alive when you got a friend or 2 racing with you - then it´s really good fun. You can collect weapons and try to sabotage eachother and there are shortcuts to be found if you look carefully.

      It´s a great racing game, but if you can only buy one for your nintendo 64 - I personally would suggest you got Mario Kart.

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      13.10.2010 23:10
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      A great old school racing game

      The N64 game Diddy Kong Racing is the first game that pops into my head when I think of games that I enjoyed as a youth. It's simplicity was a great introductory game to the console and it's cheerful characters, courses and graphics appealed to just about everyone.

      I recall that I lent a friend this game and in exchange borrowed Mario Karts, unfortunately he lost it (or so he claims!) so I was lumbered with Mario Karts instead which whilst being reasonably enjoyable wasn't on par with Diddy Kong Racing which has to be the best non car racing game on the planet.

      The courses are incredibly fun and combine well with the tropical soundtrack, it's fairly easy to control your driver and with some surprise obstacles often able to change the racing order in seconds, you are always kept on your feet.

      A nice touch are the various powerup balloons and parts of the road that help you speed up!

      The range of lovable characters that were present on this game are another good aspect with many of them getting their own games later on (Banjo and Conker for example)

      You are not just limited to the one vehicle either as different levels require different vehicles, these are car, hovercraft (my personal favourite) and aeroplane. The game is an enjoyable if relatively easy challenge and it makes for great gaming if you have several friends playing the multiplayer version.

      The game came out in 1997, so it obviously seems a bit dated now and probably won't appeal to the developed gamer of today but it will remain a classic for many people that played it!

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        24.08.2010 18:33
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        Fly, Hover, Drivey Donk

        Dare I make this statement? Yeah I dare. Diddy Kong Racing kicked Mario Kart 64 into the blue yonder. The tiny ape was severely favoured on this console in this racing spin off of the Donkey Kong franchise.

        There was a story to the game. You traveled the over-world, going from door to door, collecting balloons unlocking more levels as you go as you hunted a race with the illusive Wizpig. Each world had a different theme, spooky, watery, grassy, sandy etc. Each world had actual race levels where you either drove, flew or hovercrafted around (my personal favourite transport - awkward and fun). At the end of the world you'd have to race a boss, a genuinely hard boss usually, especially the dragon.

        The multi-player battles on this game were highly intense and overshadowed the Mario Kart counterpart. Rare (the company who made the game) were a seriously impressive engine in the Nintendo machine producing many of their great titles. Since their move to xbox, the copyright laws have meant never a re-release in any format apart from a butchered DS port that misses out some characters.

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        21.02.2010 10:18
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        A must in any game collection.

        A couple of weeks ago we rediscovered the old N64 in the back of a cupboard. This old console has suddenly become really popular in our house, and one of the kids' favourite games is Diddy Kong racing. This game is good because the controls are really easy, even for small children, so the whole family can have fun racing each other. The tracks are lovely and colourful, with cheerful background music. The adventure mode is fun and quite challenging-the bosses are really hard to beat, and we have yet to complete the whole game. The game is split up into worlds: A snow world, an island world, a woodland world and a dinosaur world and each world has a boss that you need to race in order to progress in the game: a dinosaur, a walrus, a dragon and an octopus. There is a really good muliplayer feature, including a battle option where you can compete against each other. A fun, addictive game that has lasted the test of time, we are now looking to buy the ds version soon.

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        06.01.2010 18:36

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        Great game, good fun for the whole family, a great guy for the low price tag.

        Diddy Kong racing was one of the first games i ever played on the N64, built in a design some people viewed as similar to Mario Kart 64 this is not a game to miss out on.

        The game mainly consists of winning races in order to progress through the adventure mode, unlocking new tracks and battle arenas for use in multiplayer mode. The game supports up to 4 human players in both races and battles.

        Players can choose to drive 1 of 3 types of vehicle, either a plane, a car or a hovercraft, in adventure mode however the player is forced to drive a specific vehicle type.

        There are 8 characters that the player can choose from at the beginning of the game, later expanding to 10 if the player chooses to go through the arduous task of beating T.T. in every track.

        The game is primarily single player in the adventure mode, however there is a cheat which adds 2 player adventure mode, it is however basically the same, except the players can race in the adventure mode races together, and the winning player gets to decide which race they'll do next.

        In order to unlock 2 player adventure, go into the cheats menu in the options section and enter: JOINTVENTURE

        Hope you buy this game and have fun on it, its great fun for the whole family. Its only £5, dont miss out on it.

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        26.07.2006 22:56
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        It may be old, but see it BUY IT!

        Animal friends Diddy and Co. race to beat away the bully Wizpig...who has ruined T.T the clocks race island.

        It's truly a great game...as any N64 gamer will no. Loads of courses...characters...challenges...and collectables make this a true winner. Race in hovercraft, car and plane through different race worlds and take on bosses...racers and challenges...all wonderfully designed and great to experience. The races are too easy to beat in races, but when coming to the lights of the silver coin challenges and boss races, things are stepped up a gear.

        It may be an old game for an aging console...but who cares! It's still a classic and defiantly worth picking up. There's plenty to do and last a long time...with loads of tracks...surprises...cheats and unlockables. The graphics a good and you don't need a memory pack...the multi player games are great fun for you and your friends to!.

        Character Pipsy though is very sensitive when in hover...and she as a character because of her sensitivity can get a bit annoying. Some of the heavier weight drivers are harder to handle...but there normally the faster ones believe it or not. Unlocking racing wiz T.T is tough...really tough! But it's worth it...I’ve done it and he races like a dream...but isn't the easiest to handle...as with all of the best racers...it takes a lot of skill to be able to control them!. Racing Wizpig himself is heart pounding experience...and memorable once beaten.

        There are many other games similar to this...but none of them compare to this racing wonderful! And yes it easily rivals Mario Kart!. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

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          29.04.2003 01:30
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          OKay, people have been rating my reviews crappy, since I didn't really know people reviewed the reviews (hm?...). So here is a more descriptive one. Okay. Diddy Kong Racing, let's see...you choose from a set of eight character (two you have to unlock, Drumstick the chicken or rooster or whatever and T.T. the zippy little clock). They range from Timber the tiger to Conker the fox to Pipsy the little yellow mouse. They also have Diddy (I wonder), Banjo, the badger (i can't remember his name) Crunch the alligator and Tipsy the turtle. There are three modes: Adventure Mode, Track Mode, and a second Adventure Mode once you beat the first adventure. The Adventure is basically a world of fourdifferent "towns"...the main world is a jungle-like place with the giant dragon's head on it (I'll get to the point of this massive head later), a snow place, and a beach. In the main one, (jungle) there's a road curving up to get into the ROck World (i can't remember the exact name, but its similiar) The snow world is to the right of the Rock World path, through the tunnel, but you'll need the plane to get there. And if you turn left towards the large opening, you're on your way to the beach, where there is a giant rock with the door entering into the races. The last "town" (more like a town than the others) is found at the far left of the jungle area, behind the waterfall on the very end on the left. You need a certain amount of balloons to get into each door to the tracks, and you get them by winning races. After you win all the races in a world, you race the boss. If you beat him, you have to race all the tracks again with harder AI and collect the coins, AND come in first place!! (this is very frusterating, so be extremely patient, or else you'll end up screaming yourself hoarse at the TV and bashing the controller) When you finish THAT, you race the boss again, and then you get to f
          ind a key hidden in one of the tracks of that world to open up the games. (games such as getting bananas and dropping them into the treasure chest before anybody else, stuff like that) Also, you have to win the trophy race of the world (beating everyone on every track once again) Then...hallelujah!...the world is beaten. Then you go on to the next exhausting one and end up tearing your hair out in frusteration. (despite my remarks, this is one of my favorite games) During a race you have balloons you can get which hold various items. There's rockets to bust up the other racers, speed-up blasts that shoot you ahead, lightning to paralyze everyone, and sludge and bubbles for the others to slip on. If you pick up more than one of the same balloon (without using the first one) the balloon will go up a level. For example, if you pick up two rocket balloons, instead of a single crappy rocket, you get one that will hone in on a target! Get another one to add up to three rockets, and you get ten! (unfortunately these don't hone in) You have three vehicles to choose from: hovercraft, plane, and car. The car can't steer sharply too well, so hug the inside of the track. The hovercraft whips around like a maniac so that if you turn too fast you'll come to a dead stop, so be careful!! I'm rather a plane person myself (that was NOT supposed to be ironic) so I don't think there's anything wrong with the planes. On some tracks, though, you can only use certain vehicles, like you can only use the hovercraft on the beaches, not a plane or car. The fun factor of this game is VERY high. The tracks are colorful and well-detailed, they put obstacles such as palm trees and thick vines in clever places, and the characters make adorable little squeals and grunts and laugh when hitting another player, passing one, or getting hit by a rocket, or even slipping on some sludge. The music is one my very favorite!! (to get the m
          usic soundtrack option, go to "Magic Codes" on the options menu and type in "JUKEBOX," then go to Audio Options) They have individual songs for every track, so you never have to listen to the same annoying damn song on every track! Isn't that fantastic?!?!?! ALSO...also, if you beat all four worlds, if you go to the lighthouse on the beach, it will take you to space so you can get the space tracks...those are very fun...=) I didn't beat the game personally...I bought it used and the other person found all the codes and beat nearly everything...*cough I highly recommend this game, it is one of my very favorite. It is VERY well organized and is overflowing with colors and details, and just fantastic!! Rareware has given birth to another fabulous game!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            09.10.2001 03:06
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            Diddy Kong Racing is so cool, The characters are great (Pipsy rules!) There's loads of tracks to be explored, To keep you busy, you won't be bored! It's a game everybody should use, Because your vehicle - you get to choose! Planes, cars or hovercraft, Drive safely, or just have a laugh. The came is classy, not at all cheesey, It looks quite childish but it's not easy, It's fun, wacky and colourful too, Included are many wild happy tunes! Try your luck in adventure mode, It's hard, so try to stay on the road, In every area there is a boss, A big racer to challenge, It's hard, not a doss! There's lots of secrets to be found, An original game, and very sound! Search for items to gain new tracks, Can't find them, well then, you better go back! A fun multiplayer mode is contained, I often play it with my friend James, So much fun as you will see! Got weapons? Come on then, Chase me! Did I say weapons? Well, yes i did! guns to fire, or oil to make racers skid, Use them wisely, use them well, Coz if you don't, you're gonna be in hell!

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              09.06.2001 22:34

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              This has to be without a doubt one of the best racing games out for the N64 and one of the most fun as well. You can take the roll of Diddy or one of the 7 other characters available however once you have completed the entire game you can get another 2 characters that are a lot better that the original 8. There are 20 races to complete plus another 8 challenges that make the game very good value indeed.

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              03.04.2001 00:43
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              Although this game is about three years old, it is still one of the best games I have played-and I have played a lot of games! I bought it when I first goy my Nintendo 64, which I recently sold for the money to get a PS2. Anyway, it was the first game I had on the N64 and it is definitely somewhere in my top 5 list of N64 games. In the game, there are 8 main characters, but you can unlock two other secret characters. The plot of the game is that you are whatever character you choose, (The best has to be the frog!) You must go to all four worlds, which are 1. Dino Domain 2.Snowflake Mountain 3.Sherbert Island 4.Dragon Forest. You must have a certain amount of balloons to get into each level in each world. You can get these balloons from winning races and finding them lying around in the outside land. When you have completed all races in a world by coming in first place, you must play the boss, beat it, then play the races again. But this time you must get all 8 silver balloons, which are placed around the track. The bosses are Tricky, a triceratops, Bluey, a giant walrus, Blubber, an octopus and Smokey, a dragon. You must then beat the bosses again and go on to the next world. When racing, you can go in a car, hovercraft, or plane! It is pretty cool in the plane, as you can see everyone below you, but the hovercraft takes a long time to get used to. There are also weapons, like in Mario Kart. There is oil, so the person behind slips, rockets, homing missiles and more. When you have completed all four worlds, you unlock the secret space world. Here you must do exactly the same as the other worlds, except the boss is Wizpig, the baddie. When you have beat him, the whole game starts again, and you must do the whole game again, except there is one difference…it has opposite tracks! So if the track usually turned left, it will now turn right! There is also a multiplayer option, which is absolutely superb. You can play in any level you hav
              e unlocked, with any character, in any vehicle. You can have up to 4 players in the game and the usual weapons are in there too. Overall, this game is a must have for all Nintendo 6 owners. The graphics are not the best compared to games now, but the gameplay makes up for this. Go buy this now, you won't regret it!!

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                07.01.2001 23:30
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                I borrowed this off a mate in 1998, and he hasn't had it back yet! This involves some of the characters from the Nintendo games throughout Nintendo's life - Diddy, Yoshi, and Mario to name but a few! Cuteness aside, this is a great little race em up! The one player game is an adventure where you race to win balloons, which let you into different races. There are also trophy races where you race all four races in a Zone, and win a trophy for winning all the races. This game comes into its' own in the multiplayer. You can race upto three of your mates in the races in the adventure. You can have weapons to sabotage your friends, and win the race. My personal favourite are the 'Last Man Standing' Games, where you have to destroy each other. The graphics are good. The sounds are cute. I would recommend buying this, especially since it is an old game, and should be relatively cheap now!

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                26.12.2000 02:02

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                This is a very good game you have to complete tracks in either a plane, car or a hover buggie. There are so many levels to keep you busy and some of them aren't actual tracks but multiplayer activitys. The graphics are just unbeleiveable and charactrs are great and funny. Plenty of options to use. 1)Adventure 2)Racing 3)time trials 4)multiplyer In the adventure game you meet many strange and wonderful creatures like the big elephant genie. Your aim is to collectcoins to open new passages. racing you just race against the copmputer or/and your friends and try and complete the course before your friends do. and on your way you can collect ballons which give you little gadgets to knock your apponents of course to help you get in front. The courses are just amazing with twirling tunnels and passages leading to the line. i rate this game quite high at 8 out of 10.

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                04.12.2000 02:27

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                I've never been one to like racing games. In fact, I usually hate them, because they all have the same plots- drive around stupid boring cars as fast as you can without dying and trying to kill everyone else. Can anyone say, B O R I N G? Thats what I thought. Well i first rented MarioKart64 because I've always been a mario fan, and I thought I would give it a try. Well I gotta tell ya... it was one of the most fun games ever! Maybe it was the cute cars, maybe it was the fun little tracks- whatever the reason, i was hooked. So of course, the next week, I proceeded to rent Diddy Kong Racing from my local Blockbuster. And WOW! Was it awesome!!! There are many playing options so you always have lots of variety to choose from. You can play the basic way, racing others, using many many MANY different courses. And, for most courses, you can choose either a plane, a car, or hovercraft. My personal favorite is the plane. And you don't have to pick the same thing as anyone else playing! It's totally up to you! And that's why it's so fun! You can also play in a four player mode trying to do something. For example, in one of these scenarios, each player has a nest in their corner of the playing field. In the middle is a big nest that has eggs in it, but not enough for everyone. a new one forms every now and then. Each player is in a plane, and they have to swoop down, pick up an egg, and bring it to their nest. You can steal other players eggs when they are in the nest. The goal is to get 3 eggs in your nest hatched. To hatch, they have to sit there for a little while without being stolen. It sounds weird, but it is sooooooooo fun!!!! All in all, this is a GREAT game, especially for 2 or more players!

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                18.11.2000 02:25

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                I have just begun to play Diddy Kong Racing as my boyfriend likes to humiliate me, being an expert! However although it is similar to Mario Cart in its style, I find it a lot harder to control and it is very frustrating. My advice to novices who are interested in buying or stanrting to play this game is to first try out Mario Cart because is makes good practice. It is a similar style and the controls are similar yet the tracks seem a lot less taxing and the battles are purely fun. Once you have mastered Mario Kart give Diddy Kong a go - it is not a worse game than the former but it is more frustrating and less easy to get the hang of. But stick at it is is just as fun when you get used to learning how to control the planes and hovercraft (which adds a different edge to the game). This only what I have found from my own experience - hope you get on ok! Happy racing!

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                16.11.2000 16:49

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                To me, Diddy Kong racing is the 64 bit update of Super Mario Kart, it is every bit as enjoyable as the SNES classic. Diddy Kong racing was the first game I bought for my N64 and I was very impressed with it. As many people have mentioned it's more of an adventure game than a racer. There is a storyline behind the game but simply to make the racing worthwhile, rather than just racing round a track to beat other players. The storyline behind the game is this, Timber (who is a tiger) has been left in charge of the family island while his parents go away. However the evil Wizpig has taken over the island so Timber calls for help from his friends to recapture the island. (Since the storyline features more around Timber one of my younger brothers suggested the game should have been called 'Timber Tiger racing'!) There are four worlds, plus an extra world at the end. In each world there are four racetracks which you have to come first in to earn a balloon for that track. After you have done this you then have a shot at the guardian, which is a large animal you have to race round some sort of track. After you beat the guardian you then have to go back to the original four tracks and complete the silver coin challenge. For this you have to collect the eight coins on each track and win as well. By now your opponents are a bit more difficult. After doing this you have another go at the guardian, it's much the same but he's a bit more difficult this time. Once you beat him he gives you a piece of the amulaet, once you get all four you get onto a bigger guardian, before going to the fifth world. Phew! This means that the single player is a lot more enjoyable than just racing round the track although the silver coin challenge can be a bit frustrating at times! To get between the worlds there is an area that you can explore to find the different levels and any secret balloons, it's a bit like the castle area in Ma
                rio 64. The AI of the computer opponents in Diddy Kong Racing is miles ahead of Maio Kart 64, in that they act much more like normal players. If you go back to the earlier levels and belt round them you can finish way ahead of the rest of the pack. This doesn't mean the game is easy, the computers players get more difficult as the game progresses. The actual game itself is very good, unlike Mario Kart, the whole game is in 3D including the characters which I think improves the gameplay. The graphics are excellent, everything is bright and colourful with plenty of detail. The sound is good too, a lot of the level tunes are quite catchy and you'll probably inadvertently find yourself humming them after playing the game. The noises the characters make are hilarious as well, they all say something when they are overtaken, overtake someone else, shoot someone or are shot. This means at the start there is large variety of D'ohs and giggles from the characters. There are ten characters to choose from (eight normal and two hidden), including several character who were yet to feature in games such as Banjo and Conker. The character selection screen is hilarious, the characters are all standing up, in two rows, all dancing to the selection music. When you select your character they say something to indicate they are pleased and then something similar if you confirm your choice. If you can cancel they then show their frustration. The characters are in three categories, small, medium and large. The two smaller characters have fast acceleration and good grip. The medium ones are fairly average overall, but their grip is not nearly as good as the small ones. The heavy characters have poor grip and slow acceleration but a high top speed. No two characters are the same, even within the same category which means most people can find a character they are happy with. Diddy Kong Racing is not limited to cars, you also get hovercra
                ft and planes. Some levels are limited in what you can choose but most of the time, in the mulitplayer at least you get to choose what vehicle you want to race in. The control of the vehicles is superb, especially if you go one of the small characters. Flying the planes is especially good, ducking under obstacles tipping the plane on its side to do sharp turns. In Diddy Kong Racing the power up system is slightly different to Mario Kart. Lying round the track there are various colors of balloon; blue for boost, red for missile, green for obstacle and rainbow for magnet. You can collect up to three balloons of the same time, each one powering up your item. If you pick up one red balloon you get a single missile, picking up two gives you a heat seeking missile and a third balloon gives you ten of the original missiles. You can also pick up bananas on the track which speed your vehicle up , to a limit of ten bananas. The tracksare all well designed and great fun to race around although none of them are very long. The details on the track are great, in the dinosaur world, you race round a dinasour who is paddling about on a beach and even fly through a volcano! The biggest complaint about Diddy Kong Racing is the multiplayer but I really enjoyed playing it myself. The normal levels are great for racing round and I especially liked flying round the track in the planes. There are four mulitplayer areas, one for each of the first four world. For the dinosaur one you are in planes, you have to fly into the middle of the level to pick up and egg and bring it back to your nest and stop other players from stealing it until it hatches. The water area is a deathmatch, you are in hovercraft and have to hit each opponent four times to kill them. The ice one is my favourite, I have played it so many times. It's another deathmatch level, set is an icy pyramid. The last one is set around a castle, thefirst person to collect 10 bananas,
                two at a time wins. My only problem with this game is the longetivity, after you have managed to defeat the final Wizpig and have played the mulitplayer a lot of times you don't really want to play it much. This is because the game is so good and I have played it so much that I have made myself sick of it. Other people have complained it's not a serious racing game but it is, if you look under all the cartoon graphics. I found it quite a refreshing game to play, everything's happy and cheery which makes change after playing some games. I'm 20 incidentally so this game is not limited to young children. I think this is a masterpiece from Rare and is well worth a purchase especially if, like me, you were disappointed by Mario Kart 64

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