Diddy Kong Pilot
Diddy Kong Pilot was a planned follow-up game of Diddy Kong Racing, but with flying as the only means of transport. However, Nintendo found the game substandard (one of the point of criticism provided was "There's no point in flying up and down on flat levels") and did not want to publish it. After Rare was sold to Microsoft, which caused the company to lose the rights to Donkey Kong franchise characters, Diddy Kong Pilot was converted into the game Banjo-Pilot in 2005. However, on November 5th 2011, a collector who had purchased a prototype cartridge leaked its ROM onto the internet.
The game was first shown at Spaceworld 2001, where its cast consisted of both Donkey Kong Country and Mario characters - a first for a Donkey Kong Country spin-off. This version allowed players to take control of Diddy Kong, Princess Peach, Mario, Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong, King K. Rool, Yoshi (sitting atop a Lakitu's Cloud), Wario (piloting a red biplane similar to the Bulldog), Bowser, Funky Kong, Dixie Kong, and Toad. However, a later build revised the roster to Krunch, Dixie Kong, Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, King K. Rool, Candy Kong, Cranky Kong, and a character tentatively called Redneck Kong, who was "killed off" early in development according to one of the developers. There is a screenshot showing a rocket boost in it which revealed that rocket boosts were probably going to be an item in the game. This game was also going to use the tilt sensor.
There were 2 gameplay videos that a Rare employee named "Transparentjinjo" posted on YouTube on September 15, 2011 to reveal more information about the game before its demise, and on October 3, 2011 to reveal even more details about the game. The game was shown to have a Racing mode, Stories mode, Dogfights mode, Battles mode, Clock Race, and Options mode. Options had a feature the player could decide if they wanted to use the D-Pad or the tilt sensor, implying that the game was going to use the tilt sensor.
Like the predecessor, the player can collect bananas. When Races mode is selected and the player goes on to selecting a level, he or she can choose the difficulty of the level.
There is also a stories mode with three different stories: King of Kongs, Back to the Light, and K. Rool's Gold. King of Kongs set contains Beach Barricade, another beach level. It appears to be incomplete. There is also a lava level in the Back to the Light set. It is unknown what the course's name is. There is also a Classic Dogfight in the K. Rool's Gold set on which appears to have Magma Mainland in it. There is also Cranky's Challenge where the player has to be first and collect all of the Banana Coins. This was later replaced by Jiggy Challenge in Banjo-Pilot.
Another mode is the dogfight mode where the player may do a Classic Dogfight, a Dawn Duel, a Classic Variation, or a Focal Feud. This mode has players fighting against each other. The difficulty can also be chosen on this mode.
There is also a Clock Race mode where the player can race on any track in a Time Trials-like way. The difficulty can also be chose.
Race courses (beta)
Island of Eggs
Race courses (current)
Klaptrap Cup/Dixie Kong Cup
Kritter Cup/Diddy Kong Cup
Klump Cup/Funky Kong Cup
K. Rool Cup/Donkey Kong Cup
Sprites and models
Sprites and models