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A WackyRacing spin-off of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' (sort of) originally released for the {{Nintendo 64}}, ''Diddy Kong Racing'' puts DK's pal Diddy in the spotlight once more. While lounging at his pad and eating bananas, Diddy gets a message from his far-off pal, Timber [[SpeciesSurname the Tiger]]. Timber's island home is in trouble--an evil sorcerer [-FROM SPACE-] named Wizpig has landed on the island from his UFO, and has claimed it for his own! The only way to oust the foul creature is by... [[SeriousBusiness racing him.]] Specifically, by racing each other, to gain [[PlotCoupon gold balloons]], to be able to race his minions, to claim [[DismantledMacGuffin pieces of his amulet]], to open the pathway to his hideout, so ''then'' they can race him. With the help of his friends (and [[GoKartingWithBowser a Kremling who snuck along for the ride]]), Diddy (and Timber) set out to rescue the island by racing.

While the original ''Diddy Kong Racing'' was, essentially, [[FollowTheLeader a capitalization on the]] ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' formula, it was unique among kart racers at the time because it actually had a story mode, and even had a colorful HubLevel that connected all the differently-themed levels. While the tracks in ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' had little in common with one another besides difficulty, worlds (which also served as the "cups") actually had [[VideoGameSettings themes]] to them. Also, Dave Wise, the composer for ''DKC'', provides the game music, so you can expect for it to be phenomenal.

The game contained three vehicles. The car was the standard vehicle, and the easiest to control, but couldn't navigate different terrains very well. The hovercraft could go over water or [[ConvectionSchmonvection lava]], but was squirrelly and difficult to control. The plane could ''[[CaptainObvious fly]],'' but adding a third dimension to the race naturally made some things more difficult. Combined with a unique items system, the addition of bosses, a unique "Silver Coin Challenge" mode, and various different types of "battle," ''Diddy Kong Racing'' was actually fairly different from ''Mario Kart''.

In 2007, Rareware remade the original, this time for the Nintendo DS. The remake included several new characters, a huge host of new vehicle upgrades, new items, an entire new world, new challenges, a somewhat [[UnexpectedGameplayChange unexpected]] "light-gun shootout" mode for each track, new music, track creation, new personalization modes... Well, let's just say, a ''lot'' of stuff. It also dropped a few elements.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AffirmativeActionGirl: In the original game, Pipsy was [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the Smurfette]]; the remake added Dixie and Tiny, presumably to ease this somewhat (though the idea was actually to cover the holes left by Banjo and Conker).
* TheAhnold: Smokey the Dragon sounded a lot like this.
* AllThereInTheManual: If you didn't read the manual, then you probably wouldn't know that the island was owned by Timber's parents, who left it in his care when they went on vacation. So, he invites his friends for a party. Their enjoyment is derailed when an evil, intergalactic, pig wizard named Wizpig arrives at the Island and attempts to take over after he conquered his own planet's racetracks.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: All the space levels are extremely colourful even just by ''the terrain''.
* AstralFinale: The final world, Future Fun Land, is set on another planet.
* AttractMode: The game's title screen consists of an in-game sequence of wacky introductions by each of the characters. Once the opening ends, the game starts playing itself.
* BadassAdorable: Most of the cast, really, but Pipsy especially.
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted with VideoGame/{{Banjo|Kazooie}}. He's a nice bear, of course.
* BigBoosHaunt: The Haunted Woods racetrack, which is haunted by flying Wizpig heads.
* {{Brainwashing}}: [[spoiler:This is how Wizpig is able to make the bosses race against you.]]
* BubblyClouds: This is where T.T.'s "Wish Races" take place in the remake.
* [[{{Nerf}} Buff]]: Krunch was extremely difficult to use in the original game, having very low acceleration and utterly atrocious handling. His best trait was his impressive top speed, but Bumper did everything he did better. In the remake, his handling was much improved, making it easier to take advantage of his top speed.
* CaveBehindTheFalls: There's a whole world hidden behind one of the waterfalls on the island, which is hinted at when the music changes as you get close to the waterfall.
* CherubicChoir: By getting close to the frogs in the HubLevel, you will be able to hear children singing.
* CityOfAdventure: The island.
* ClassicCheatCode: The original game offered a "password" screen; entering the right codes would do everything from [[SillinessSwitch making the characters look goofy]], making the A.I. [[RubberBandAI ungodly hard]], or race-affecting things like changing all the PowerUp balloons to one color (type) or making all balloons automatically give the highest-leveled item of that type. Combining several of those can either lead to races becoming really hellish, or really awesome, depending on one's point of view.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The hovercraft has no problems driving over the ''lava'' in Hot Top Volcano. Given its bright yellow appearance, maybe it's just cheese fondue?
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The first race against Wizpig. While it seems as if you've ousted him, and the credits roll... There's still an ''entire world'' left, and it requires you to beat every Trophy Race and T.T. Challenge, as well as all its own tracks and challenges.
* DismantledMacGuffin: The T.T. Amulet is in four pieces. The Wizpig Amulet is also in four pieces. Need both amulets to win the game.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[BanjoKazooie Banjo]] and [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay Conker]] both went on to star in their own series, and Tiptup made an appearance in the ''Banjo'' series. Timber was also slated to appear in his own game, with Bumper and Pipsy as his sidekicks, but it was cancelled.
** And the game is now the one of the few remnants of Rare's original plans for Conker (the other being his Gameboy game), before he was changed to be a {{Darker And Edgier}} parody of [[TastesLikeDiabetes that kind of character]].
** And although she did not appear in person at all in this game, Kazooie was actually first mentioned in the game's instructions manual. A literal EarlyBirdCameo.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: But of course.
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Conker, who later went on to star in one of the [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay nuttiest games ever made]].
* ExiledFromContinuity: Banjo and Conker for the DS remake, due to their franchises continuing on Microsoft systems. Tiptup is left intact though, likely because his presence in the Banjo series is minor enough that they didn't really care.
* EvilLaugh: Wizpig gave a whole generation of gamers nightmares with his boisterous guffaws and sinister chuckles.
** Though he isn't evil, Smokey will do this if you lose to him.
-->'''Smokey''': BAD LUCK! HA HA HA HAAA! Try again whenever you're ready!
* FollowTheLeader: As a [[WackyRacing Kart Racer]], this game follows ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart''. The idea to race eight karts and give them [[PowerUp Power-Ups]] comes from ''Mario Kart''.
* FunnyAnimal
* FurryConfusion
* GoKartingWithBowser: Krunch the Kremling.
** Wizpig becomes a playable character in the DS remake.
* GoodBadBugs: Tapping A rather than holding it while racing in the car makes it perpetually gain speed, to the point where it's actually possible to lap Wizpig.
* GreenHillZone: The first track, Ancient Lake.
* GuideDangIt: The hidden keys, especially the one in Dragon Forest.
* HitboxDissonance: Most of the 2D objects, including the various traps left by players or most bosses, have surprisingly large hitboxes. In a small act of mercy, this includes the Silver Coins, meaning you could drive just sort of nearby them and pick them up without actually driving through them. In the remake, however, they're more sensibly sized.
* HubLevel: The island.
* IcePalace: The Battle course for the ice world is one. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Surprise! It's called the Ice Palace!]]
** Icicle Pyramid in the US version.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T.T. - only accessible after beating the game, and quite a challenge at that, but ungodly powerful.
* InNameOnly: Only two characters (out of ten) in the original game were actually ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' related--Diddy, and Krunch the Kremling. The remake included Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong, in order to even the balance--and to replace Conker and Banjo, who had been removed for copyright reasons with Creator/{{Microsoft|Studios}}. [[spoiler: A secret sixth world was also added, which was full of DK-themed tracks--and ''finally'' used the VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry theme in the game.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Diddy, naturally. In the remake, Dixie joins him in this regard. Timber is also one.
* {{Jerkass}}: Bubbler may not be evil, but he's certainly enough of a jerk to mock you if you lose to him–moreso than even Smokey, who taunts you with an EvilLaugh after yelling "BAD LUCK!".
* JungleJapes: Suprisingly averted on the original; played straight in the DS remake, which gives a DK-themed world.
* LargeHam: [[JustForPun Wizpig.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: On the character select screen, each character changes the instruments playing in the theme song, except Diddy, who replaces the melody with the song from VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry.
* LethalJokeCharacter: In the original, Krunch the Kremling is terrible in the kart and meh in the plane... but does unexpectedly well in the hovercraft, due to the hovercraft's handling having more to do with your character's weight than their handling stat.
** DifficultButAwesome: Krunch is a perfectly competent racer when handled properly... which takes a whole lot of practice and getting used to, but once you've got it down, his handling is a non-issue and he gets to shine as the fastest default racer in the game.
* LethalLavaLand: Hot Top Volcano, which is found within Dino Domain. But what did you expect with a name like that?
* LevelEditor: The DS game's Wish Races. It's not fancy (you can draw your track and decide how bumpy it is, but that's it), but it is still an editor.
* LightningBruiser: [[spoiler:Drumstick the Chicken, once he's activated.]] His top speed is one of the highest in the game and he's bulky enough to use the hovercraft efficiently. Also, unlike Krunch, his handling and acceleration don't suck.
* MirrorMatch: Lampshaded. In the DS port, try talking to Taj while you're playing as Taj as well. He's... understandably confused by the situation.
-->'''Taj''': Am I going crazy? I'm talking to myself! What can I do for... you?
* MissingSecret: In the DS remake, in Treasure Caves, there are some coins you can't grab in your car because you're too high up. This might lead one to think that you can unlock the alternate vehicles for use in single player, right? Nope--in the DS remake, you are always limited to the default vehicles in single player.
** There's also Coin Bombs, which are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bombs that look like coins.]] They're meant to fool others into thinking they're real coins. But that only works in multiplayer, and there are no coins in multiplayer! Is there a way to enable them? You'd think so, but nope. They're basically just five landmines, and the artifice means little.
* MutuallyExclusivePowerups: The original version replaces one item with another, losing upgrades in the process. In the DS version, you can't grab a new balloon color unless you use up the one you're holding first.
* NewGamePlus: Beating the game the first time unlocks "Adventure 2," which has all the tracks mirrored and which moves the coins in the Silver Coin Challenge. In the remake, your Adventure and Adventure 2 games share the same slot, as well as sharing upgrades and money between them.
* NiceHat: Several characters have one.
* NintendoHard: Adventure 2 does this to you, and so does trying to get [[spoiler: T.T. activated as playable character.]]
* NoExportForYou: The DS version wasn't translated into Japanese.
* NoodleIncident: [[WordOfGod Leigh Loveday]] [[http://rare.co.uk/blog/2012/05/18/mini-scribes-may-18-2012/ mentioned]] that Bumper the Badger is in jail.
* NostalgiaLevel: Although the Silver Coin Challenges were cut from the main game in the remake, they were included as an unlockable extra.
** All DK-themed levels qualify.
* OilSlick: Oil Slicks are the first-level Green item in ''Diddy Kong Racing''. They'll send someone spinning, slowing them down, and, in the DS VideoGameRemake, they also screw up their car's steering for a few seconds afterward.
* OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers: Bluey is the only boss that doesn't mention luck if you lose to him.
-->'''Bluey''': Aw, never mind, kid! You can come back whenever you're ready.
* PalmTreePanic: The third world, Sherbet Island.
* PlotCoupon: Gold Balloons, four keys, and two amulets. Collect the Gold Balloons to unlock more race tracks and some bosses. Race four bosses to win four pieces of the Wizpig Amulet. Find four keys, unlock four battle arenas, and win four pieces of the T.T. Amulet. Need all balloons and both amulets to win the game.
* {{Prehistoria}}: The first world, Dino Domain.
* SailorFuku: For some reason, Pipsy the mouse wears a sailor suit. Is she a schoolgirl? Is she Japanese? Hard to say, but she's got the costume anyway.
* SecretLevel: Future Fun Land ''would'' count, but it's necessary to finish the game. But the remake gives us [[spoiler:D.K. Island]], which is a textbook secret world.
* ShiftingSandLand: The second track in Dino Domain, Fossil Canyon.
* ShoutOut: The Spaceport Alpha course contains a "laser trench" similar to the one from ''StarWars.''
** The music contains parts that [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong sound similar]] to the ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' theme. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL_w37X3H6w]]
** Star City's tunnel is literally modeled after Epcot Center at [[DisneyThemeParks Disney World]].
** Several of the cheat codes from the N64 original have shout out names. The code that makes all characters big is "[[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Arnold]];" the one that makes all balloons green is "[[Film/TheToxicAvenger Toxic Offender]]."
* SillinessSwitch: Several were included in the game's original cheats. There were codes to make characters huge or small, change the horn sounds to taunts, and other amusing things.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The second world, Snowflake Mountain. Ironically, the ice is neither Slippy nor Slidey. It is, however, very Bouncy.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: There's not much plot to be spoken of, but in the DS port, Tiny seems a lot older than her previous appearance, while her older sister, Dixie, looks the same as she always has.
** Likely justified by the fact she now wears large hoop earrings, which generally makes one look more adult.
* SpaceZone: Future Fun Land.
* SpeciesSurname: Timber the Tiger, Bumper the Badger, Tiptup the Turtle...
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Pilot]]'' was originally supposed to be ''Diddy Kong Pilot,'' focusing mainly on the game's planes. Rareware was bought by Microsoft, however, putting the kibosh on that.
* SpritePolygonMix: Most of the game is made of polygons, but the plants and the wheels are sprites.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Inverted with Banjo, who speaks english in this game but only grunts in his own series. Played straight with Diddy.
* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom: Future Fun Land is NOT fun. Well, not EASY fun, anyway.
* TurtlePower: Tiptup the Turtle.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: In the remake, the "Balloon Touch Challenge" found on every course is similar to a light gun arcade game. It replaces the Silver Coin Challenge from the original game.
* VariableMix: The overworld, changing due to your proximity to the different world entrances, or to Taj and the frogs. (Taj hums along with the melody, and the frogs... add singing children. OK, then.) Interestingly, one--but only one--of the tracks uses it too--Boulder Canyon's song changes from oompah to more dramatic when you're in the track's castle.
** If one of the frogs was [[spoiler:actually Drumstick]], [[FridgeHorror maybe the other frogs are children]]...
* WackyRacing
* WakeUpCallBoss: Tricky the Triceratops, who is suddenly unexpectedly tough.
** There's actually a shortcut part way up the mountain which makes beating him pretty easy, but Bubbler's second race is a different story.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After beating Wizpig for the second time, the only character to not be seen in the following cut scene is the Octopus boss.
* WorthyOpponent: By the end, Wizpig seems to regard you as such.
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