Donkey Kong Racing (series)

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Donkey Kong Racing
Logo EN - Donkey Kong Racing.png
First Installment Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest Installment Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007)
Number of Installments 3
Parent Series Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Racing games have been produced since 1997 with Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64. In the vein of other Donkey Kong/Diddy Kong sport games, it features Diddy Kong and/or Donkey Kong and an all-star cast competing in a racing game. It is very similar to the Mario Kart series but features only Donkey Kong characters.

Since its first generation on the Nintendo 64, a long hiatus was caused by Rare's buy-out by Microsoft, and two DKR games that had been in production had to be cancelled. In 2007, two games of the series were eventually released and brought the series back to life.

List of Games[edit]

Title, Original Release and System Synopsis and Ratings
Diddy Kong Racing

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Featuring ten playable characters (two of which would later both receive their own games, Banjo and Conker) and 25 different racecourses, Diddy Kong Racing was a success receiving the Player's Choice title.
Japan 1997
Nintendo 64
IGN - 8.4Gamespot - 6.6
Diddy Kong Racing DS

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Years later, after Microsoft bought out Rare, two planned Diddy Kong Racing games had to be cancelled. Nintendo and Rare teamed up again to create Diddy Kong Racing DS, a remake of the original with many notable differences, including Tiny Kong and Dixie Kong replacing Banjo and Conker, and Wi-Fi matches.
USA 2007
Nintendo DS
IGN - 7.4Gamespot - 6.7
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast

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Known as Donkey Kong Jet Race in Europe, Donkey Kong Barrel Blast was made for the Wii. Instead of vehicles, the characters ride on rocket-powered Bongos. The game was originally intended for release on the Gamecube, but was moved to the Wii. The game includes Miis.
USA 2007
Wii
IGN - 4.5Gamespot - 4.5

Cancelled Games[edit]

Title and System Synopsis
Diddy Kong Pilot

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Diddy Kong Pilot was the planned sequel to Diddy Kong Racing, but instead focusing only on flying and nothing else. Due to Rare being acquired by Microsoft, Rare was already far at work into the game and instead of scrapping it altogether, the game was removed of all Donkey Kong references and was turned into Banjo-Pilot.
Game Boy Advance Was originally unveiled at E3 2001.
Donkey Kong Racing

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Donkey Kong Racing is another cancelled game, this one focusing on Donkey Kong instead of Diddy Kong. It would feature new Animal Friends such as a gigantic Rambi and a purple Enguarde. It was seen at E3 2001. After the buy out of Rare, the game was seen as vaporware.
Nintendo Gamecube Was originally unveiled at E3 2001.

Playable Characters[edit]

With six Donkey Kong Racing titles, the list of characters that can be found from within these games is quite large. Below is a list of all the characters found in each game.

Character DiKR DiKP DoKR DiKRDS DoKBB
Banjo Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Bumper Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Candy Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 Question.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Chunky Kong X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Conker Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Cranky Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Diddy Kong Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Dixie Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Donkey Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Drumstick Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Funky Kong X mark.svg Check mark.svg13 Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Kalypso X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Kass X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Kip X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Kiddy Kong X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
King K. Rool X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Klaptrap X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Question.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Kludge X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Klump X mark.svg Check mark.svg3 Question.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Kopter X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Krunch/Kritter Check mark.svg Check mark.svg23 Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Krusha X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Lanky Kong X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Mario X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Peach X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Pipsy Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
T.T. Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Taj X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Timber Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Tiny Kong X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Tiptup Check mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Toad X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Wario X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Wizpig X mark.svg X mark.svg Question.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Wrinkly Kong X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Ultra Barrel DK X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Yoshi X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg

1 - Early Alpha only
2 - Beta only
3 - Current only

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