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Genre: Racing / Driving / Type: Racing / Release date: 2007-04-20

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      22.07.2009 01:15

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      Another amazing racing game that has been brought from a vintage console fogotten in the past and had new life breathed into it! and what a success, lending from the original games amazing-ness, this port onto the DS is just as funfilled and entertaining, this is a game for both young and old (old wishing to re-encounter what they loved as a child).

      Whilst Mario Kart clearly rules supreme on the DS, Diddy Kong Racing DC definitely has its strengths that mario kart simply doesnt, for one we are not simply limited to using land vehicles in DKDS, we also have hovercrafts and even aeroplanes! Which is fantastic.

      However there are a lot of add-ons into the game that were not present in the original Nintendo 64 version of the game and should not have been included in my opinion.

      It also has one of the most amazing online modes of any DS game it is simply awesome.

      In short buy this game, it will satisfy you if you liked mario kart

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      09.07.2009 23:04
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      Good Game. Lots of Fun. This or Mario Kart then?

      Another wacky car racing game in the Mario Kart mould, but is it any better?! I'll answer that at the end.

      Firstly the single player game. It is a non linear adventure in which you race to obtain balloons. The more balloons you have, the more tracks that you can enter. You just have to choose which one you want to enter. There are four zones to enter each with different races. A different boss to beat & a trophy to win. There are also three different class's of vehicles. Car, Hovercraft & Plane. All with different strengths & weaknesses & all can be raced against each other later on in the game.

      The Multiplayer game is very good. You can play with up to 8 players from a single cartridge. Or get even better multi-player games with a cartridge each.

      There is also an online multi player game that allows up to 6 people to race against each other at once.

      So, is it better than Mario Kart. That depends on what you want. If you want a better more varied one player game with vehicle up-grades & a longer more involved challenge, or due to the nature of the power ups in this game, a game where the better drivers have more chance of winning, pick this one. If you want a more fast paced frenetic game, where anyone no matter how good or how bad can triumph with the right power up. Or a game that feels faster. Pick Mario Kart. They are both good & if you love racing games, get both. They are both best at different things.

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        13.05.2009 00:29
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        I think it should have stayed on the N64, worth playing if you missed out on the original.

        Diddy Making his way to the DS would have been good news for most including fans.

        It is basically a remake of the Nintendo 64 original with new added content. The graphics have been updated and are better than the original.

        It is a fun games, the tracks are all there and are as difficult as ever. Unlocking content is the main objective to the game, as you unlock new races more become available to do and choose from.

        It starts off pretty easy but soon becomes very difficult, even for a pro racer like myself. I used to be a Super Mario Kart expert back in the SNES dasy. Golds on every track... Anyway that is another story.

        This game on the DS doesn't really work, even though as much I would have loved it to the controls just make it too difficult. For some reason the screen seems too small for this which perhaps is a little odd for me considering other games I find fine.

        I think it loses a lot of points because the DS is no N64 control pad which is really needed for these games.

        Still it is worth a go if you are up to the challenge

        3 out of 5.

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        10.02.2009 15:07
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        This one gets the thumbs up from me!

        I didn't really play Mario Kart much on the N64 - no, my cartoon action driving game of choice was Diddy Kong Racing. Whether I was just siding with the underdog or not I don't really know, maybe it was just a refreshing change after years of hammering Mario Kart on the SNES... either way, this game was GREAT.

        And after years apart, myself and Diddy have finally been reunited on the DS! Hooray! I have high expectations for you, Mr Kong...

        On the face of it, this game is very similar to the original. The big appeal of the first game was the multi-vehicle aspect, which is still in tact - there are races involving cars, aeroplanes and tiny hovercraft! The different handling of these vehicles, and the tracks available, means that this game is brimming with variety.

        There are a range of cutesy cartoon characters available, however it's unlikely that you'll recognise all of them. As cheesy and sappy as they all are, however, I still found them to be endearing and fun, especially to blow up in the excellent multiplayer mode!

        There are some key additions here, that differentiate this game from the original N64 classic. Some good, some bad. The track editor adds a welcome bit of creative fun to the game, and although it's hard to make a track that isn't rather bland, it's still definitely a worthwhile addition. Similarly, the sound effects recorder makes use of the DS's capabilities in an anarchic and ultimately hilarious way... if that's your sort of thing, of course!

        There are a few changes that are less good. For example, the game appears to be peppered with excuses for stylus-use that don't quite work... as far as I'm concerned, I want to drive, and I much prefer it when games integrate stylus use into the core gameplay, rather than bung it on in a series of minigames. This is annoying but doesn't detract too much from the main gameplay, which is heaps of fun.

        Overall, Diddy Kong Racing on the DS is a fun action racing game, and if you're a fan of the genre e.g. Mario Kart, it's definitely worth a try. Even if the single player gameplay irritates you, the multiplayer alone is worth the pricetag!

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          27.11.2008 20:17
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          A good alernative to Mario Kart DS

          The original on the N64 was a classic and was a strong competitor for Mario Kart. Now they have re-released it on DS and what a great idea it was. The graphics have been cleaned up and then environments are a lot more pleasant to look at. The sound and music has all be re-recored and when you hear those old tunes it will bring back memories of you N64 days.

          The gameplay is practically the same. The choice of three vehicles (kart, plane and hovercraft) provides variety making it different from its racing competitors. Mostly all the characters return. Banjo and Conker have been replaced by two Kongs due to licensing issue with Rare.

          But why buy the game again if you've already finished the N64 version. There is one big change to this version - the new touch modes. This is a big change and can be quite challenging the first time you play it. But it soon becomes very addictive and is a welcome addition to the game.

          Another charming difference to this game is the little world that you drive around to get to all the different race courses. This feature I have never seen on a racing game and makes it a new experience for kart fans.

          Another great introduction is the use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi system. Online Diddy Kong Racing is great! They have also introduced wish mode which lets you create your own tracks.

          Overall Diddy Kong Racing has been re-invented for the DS successfully and I would recommend for everyone who's finished their Mario Kart DS and want a new karting challenge.

          The only downside to this game is the fact that Mario Kart DS is a a better game on the DS and if you had to choose between the two I would recommend Mario Kart everytime but if your looking for a different karting experience then Diddy Kong Racing is the place to go.

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          03.11.2008 17:17
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          A great game but not as good as Mario Kart.

          This game is very fun but not as good as Mario Kart DS. It is very similar but does have some differences. Some features are better than Mario Kart but in many other ways, the game is much worse.

          The graphics aren't very good and are nothing compared to Mario Kart DS.

          The game starts when your island is invaded by a super giant pig. You have to roam around the island finding racetracks and then racing around them to unlock other things.

          The games has lots of different characters to pick from but they are not as well known as the ones from Mario Kart. The tracks are plentyful and are all different. However, they aren't as fun as the ones from Mario Kart and after awhile I went back to playing that.

          The game has one big difference which adds replay value and makes it very fun. There are 3 different types of vechiles, cars, hovercrafts and aeroplanes! These are very fun and provide different experiences giving you 3 times the fun.

          The game also has some great custom features. This means you can make your car exactly how you want it.

          This game is great but no as good as Mario Kart.

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            10.09.2008 21:41
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            A good game to play if you love games of this ilk.

            Diddy Kong Racing is a driving game in the same vein as Mario Kart. After years of living in peace and harmony, the inhabitants of Timber's Island are shocked when their tropical paradise is invaded by a giant space pig! To thwart Wizpig's plans, you explore the sprawling island, unlocking hidden racetracks, and get ready to drive, hover and fly in high-octane competitions! You can choose from a variety of different characters, although they are not as well known as other kart racers.

            Even though this may borrow a lot from Mario Kart, there are some big differences: Mainly in the fact that you can drive three different types of vehicles: karts, hovercraft and airplanes. This gives the game a lot more depth as depending on which vehicle you use, you see and race each track differently.
            The tracks are varied and set in different locals, the game isn't that difficult so it's easy to get into and the gameplay is addictive and enjoyable.

            Another difference is that you can customize your vehicle, so you can upgrade your vehicle's speed, durability, and appearance which makes this a satisfying break from normal racers of this genre.

            Overall a recommended game, in a race though it would probably be 2nd behind the daddy, Mario Kart.

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            18.08.2008 20:58
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            Could have been so much more...

            (Please note that this review has been cross-posted to ciao.co.uk under the user name RayWhitney and at digitallard.com - a media review website for which I am a staff member)

            I will not compare Diddy Kong Racing DS to Mario Kart. I will not compare Diddy Kong Racing DS to Mario Kart.

            OK, we've got to address this issue. We cannot compare Diddy Kong Racing DS to its older, more prolific cousin because they are, shockingly, two very different types of games. While Mario Kart is a traditional racing game, Diddy Kong's outing is a racing adventure. It has a plot, interactive environments, a hovercraft and everything.

            You will not find here an endless series of Grand Prix races. Rather, your monkey or random animal of choice finds themselves on a large world map, which is separated into several sections: - Dino Domain, Snowflake Mountain, Sherbet Island, Dragon Forest, Future Fun Land and DK Island. Each land contains a handful of themed race tracks (the Dino Domain courses have dinosaurs roaming them, Future Fun Land is all technologically-minded and so on) and so on). The player unlocks each course one at a time, with success coming from scoring 1st place in a one-off race.

            Once all the races in the area are complete, you can pit yourself against the boss character. Beat him, and you unlock the Balloon Challenge, which has you running the courses again, yet this time in an on-the-rails, first-person style. Your job here is to pop balloons and collect coins, rather than race. Score bronze medals in these courses and you will tackle the boss again. Done that? Then you can try for the area's trophy, which you earn by beating all of the race tracks sequentially. Once you've pocketed that, you can face the boss again... this time, from a bird's eye view, with you mapping out your vehicle's path from above.

            So, there's plenty to do then.

            And plenty to do it with, too. Each of the 12 characters has three vehicles (a car, a plane and a hovercraft) which are all individually customisable and, of course, all allow for different styles of racing. Perform well enough and you'll quickly uncover the track editor mode (which is limited, but allows you to construct up to 30 tracks of your own wicked design), time trial modes and loads more options, tweaky bits and hidden rubbish.

            So, while it's (surprisingly) very different from Mario Kart, don't turn to the monkey if you're looking for a straight-up, what-you-see-is-what-you-get racing game because you won't get one. There's a lot of stuff to do here and not all of it is about winning a race. This is good for Diddy because, to be brutally honest, his game engine won't stand up as a racer without all the extras and faff that come along with it. The tracks are highlighted with some nice touches, and the different elements to them (water, air and land) give them a massive sense of depth. Unfortunately, they lack the style and excitement of Mario Kart. The handling and 'feel' of the race, while nothing phenomenal, won't offend as much as some other racers do. Sometimes it actually feels pretty good.

            Sadly, there's just a little too much going on here, and I refuse to see how someone can enjoy all of it. It was a fine game when it rolled around on the N64, but the DS-specific 'fun' that has been shoe-horned in goes quite some way to poison the broth. It would be nice if Nintendo (and all other game developers, while we're at it) realised that just because something can be done, doesn't mean it should be done.

            Any more negative comments, Mr. Critic? Well, the fact that Rare's takeover by Microsoft means that two of the better characters from the original game (Conker and Banjo) have been replaced by two stupid DK-style monkeys, Tiny and Dixie. That leaves one decent, recognisable character in the line-up.

            However, all is not lost. This is a fun game, especially as you can get some mates involved for single-card play with little fuss (up to six monkey-fanciers can race, and four people can enter the battle mode). While some of the tasks will make you yawn, the customisable aspects of the game and the enjoyment you can muster from the better modes goes far to remedy this. Diddy Kong Racing DS has put a lot of effort into differentiating itself from the other kart games on the market (not naming any names), but this was very nearly its downfall. Luckily, a few nifty bits and fancy options save it from being one lame day at the races.

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              09.08.2008 13:13
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              Good for a short change from Mario Kart, but no substitute.

              So you've played Mario Kart DS to death and you know all the tracks like the back of your hand. The online multiplayer is getting a bit boring and you need something new to try your hand at.

              Diddy Kong Racing goes someway to giving you something new to play. It's obviously similar to Mario Kart in many ways involving you racing against various nintendo style opponents. You even get to collect boxes which give you special items or powers in a similar way to Mario Kart.

              However, it doesn't match MK in terms of sheer playability. The races and modes are linked through a central area you can drive around and find new tracks and competitions. As you progress you unlock new areas of this map and various challenges.

              Also, new to the genre is the fact that you race in different types of vehicle, so in addtion to the usual car, there is watercraft (kind of like a hovercraft) and a small plane. This adds a bit of novelty to the game and is fun at first.

              It's almost impossible to play this game and not make constant comparisons to MK. The problem is that the tracks aren't as good or imaginative and the multiplayer is no-where near as exciting. The objects you can collect from boxes are limited (boosts and missiles) and at times I felt I'd rather just be playing MK. The story-mode aspect of it can get a little boring after a while too, especially if you're just looking to dive into a few races to waste 5 minutes on the DS.

              Certainally, if you like cartoon racers, this is a decent little game. It's not awful and it is playable. It's just not in the same league as Mario Kart.

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