Bumper (character)

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Bumper
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Bumper, as he appears in Diddy Kong Racing DS
Full name Bumper the Badger
Species Badger
First appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
Latest portrayal Lee Schuneman (1997–present)

Bumper is a badger playable character in Diddy Kong Racing and its Nintendo DS remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. After Microsoft purchased Rare Ltd., in 2004, the rights of Bumper were given wholly to Microsoft.

A promotional e-mail by Rare Ltd. in 2004 to promote the release of Conker: Live & Reloaded implied that one of the racers from Diddy Kong Racing had been jailed.[1] An instance on the Rare Ltd. website in 2012, further confirmed that the imprisoned individual in question had been "Bumper the badger".[2]

History[edit]

Diddy Kong Racing series[edit]

Diddy Kong Racing[edit]

Bumper was one of many characters contacted by Timber in Diddy Kong Racing, in order to prevent Wizpig from taking over Timber's Island. Bumper's theme instrument on the character selection menu is a steel guitar.

Bumper has average speed and good acceleration, but with weak turning abilities. His top speed without bananas is 56.5 mph, like with Conker and Timber. His vehicle color is yellow.

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

Bumper returns for the remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS, with very slight changes, including having a more mature voice.

Mario no Bōken Land[edit]

Bumper in Mario no Bōken Land

Bumper makes a small non-speaking cameo in the Diddy Kong Racing segment of, Mario no Bōken Land, titled "Go Go Diddy!". He is shown competing in a race, in his car, in second place.

4-koma Gag Battle[edit]

Bumper appears throughout the 4-koma Gag Battle manga adaptation of Diddy Kong Racing.

Profile and statistics[edit]

Diddy Kong Racing[edit]

  • Diddy Kong Racing instruction manual: "(Medium acceleration, medium weight, good handling, medium top speed) Unlike most of his kind, Bumper the badger prefers speed and thrills to a quiet nocturnal lifestyle. He gets even more worked up than his friends when he realizes how much racing and excitement will be involved in the crusade to get rid of Wizpig..."
  • Diddy Kong Racing Official Nintendo Player's Guide: "Recruited by Timber to join the resistance against Wizpig, this burly badger is ready to take on all comers. It's not just his sense of justice that's spurring him on, though. He's in it as much for the sheer thrill of racing as anything else."
  • Character stats
    • Weight group: Middle
    • Acceleration: 2.5/5
    • Turning: 2.5/5
    • Top Speed: 3/5
    • Vehicle Color: Yellow

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

  • Character stats
    • Speed: 3/5
    • Acceleration: 2/5
    • Handling: 3/5

Gallery[edit]

Artwork[edit]

Screenshots and sprites[edit]

Scans[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • A "Dark" version of Bumper would have appeared in Diddy Kong Racing Adventure, which was a rejected pitch for a Diddy Kong Racing sequel. He would have used mud tornados as his special move.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Next Level. Accessed December 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Rare Mini-Scribes: May 18, 2012. Accessed December 3, 2017.