|Donkey Kong Racing
—Slogan for Donkey Kong Racing
Donkey Kong Racing is a cancelled Donkey Kong game sequel to Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo GameCube.
The game was first announced at E3 2001, with a pre-rendered trailer showing the game's concept. However, the trailer and a press release (which stated that the game was set for release in 2002) made in anticipation of Spaceworld 2001 ended up being the only public medias shown of the game, as Rare was sold to Microsoft in 2002, which caused the company to lose the rights to Donkey Kong characters, before the game's completion. The game was considered cancelled due to the buyout and a lack of information for several years, as well as the fact that it was going to be released for the now-defunct Nintendo GameCube; unlike Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers, however, Donkey Kong Racing was never formally confirmed as such.
After the buyout, the game was heavily reworked as Sabreman Stampede and set for release on the Xbox 360. However, this iteration of the game also ended up being cancelled.
Confirmed characters in the game included Donkey Kong, Tiny Kong, Diddy Kong, Taj the Genie and Kiddy Kong (with an internal render also featuring Lanky Kong and Cranky Kong). Rideable creatures seen were Rambi, a gigantic sized Rambi, a small red Rambi, a small Rambi, Enguarde the Swordfish, a purple Enguarde, Ellie the Elephant and some Zingers. Creatures rumored to be rideable include Expresso the Ostrich, a Chomps shark, a Necky and an Army. It is unknown if all the characters from Diddy Kong Racing were going to reappear in this game, but with the inclusion of Taj it seemed likely. It is also unknown if any other character from the Donkey Kong Country/Land series or Donkey Kong 64 would appear.
According to the Spaceworld press release, the game would have featured the ability to "upgrade" the animal rides by collecting foods and prizes during the races. Multiplayer for up to four players was planned, as were "real world phenomenas" happening during the races, such as swaying trees and fading sunlight. The player could switch between animals during the races  and it was possible for the rider to fall from its ride, forcing it to run on foot in order to catch up with the animal.
The slogan for Donkey Kong Racing is "LET'S RIDE" as it is seen at the end of the trailer. Taj can be seen riding on a Zinger while passing it.
- ^ "Stampede's Sorrowful Swan Song" (accessed July 19, 2012)
- ^ a b c Crash Lab: Life after Rareware and Free Radical
- ^ "Donkey Kong Racing Spaceworld 2001: New shots of the CG intro." (accessed July 19, 2012)
|Donkey Kong series
||Donkey Kong (1981, Arcade) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, Arcade) • Donkey Kong 3 (1983, Arcade)
|Mario vs. Donkey Kong
||Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • March of the Minis (2006, DS) • Minis March Again! (2009, DSiWare) • Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010, DS) • Minis on the Move (2013, 3DS)
|Donkey Kong Country
||Donkey Kong Country (1994, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 2 (1995, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 3 (1996, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010, Wii) • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014, Wii U)
|Donkey Kong Land
||Donkey Kong Land (1995, GB) • Donkey Kong Land 2 (1996, GB) • Donkey Kong Land III (1997, GB)
||Donkey Konga (2003, GC) • Donkey Konga 2 (2004, GC) • Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku (2005, GC)
||Diddy Kong Racing (1997, N64) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, NDS) • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007, Wii)
||Donkey Kong Jr. Math (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong Hockey (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Circus (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong 64 (1999, N64) • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004, GCN) • Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever (2005, Arcade) • DK: King of Swing (2005, GBA) • Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom (2006, Arcade) • DK: Jungle Climber (2007, NDS)
||Donkey Kong (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong II (1983, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong 3 (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Classics (1988, NES) • Donkey Kong (1994, GB) • Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, DS) • New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii, 2008) • Donkey Kong Original Edition (2010, VC) • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013, 3DS)