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This level offers considerably great challenges for new racers. The track has numerous Power-Up Tokens, exclusively in the game's remake, and many Zipper pads. Notorious for its fork in the road, both ways are quick. If the racer travels towards the left side, they will find a red balloon with a missile, but the other route has green and blue balloons for an offensive or defensive attack. As an early track, however, it does not feature any moving obstacles, so the racers should simply try to avoid the outside of the roads to stay safe.
The track begins as a straight road gently curving to the left. Eventually, players find a dash panel and two green balloons at both edges of the road. Then, players can find an overhang, with a red balloon. There is a u-turn with steep edges after that. Players can collect the bananas along the turn or use a dash panel to fly across the gap with water on on the bottom. Then, they can enter the tunnel.
Inside the tunnel, there is a sharp turn to the left. After this, there are a few bananas players can collect. After a sharp turn to the right, players can find two green balloons and two red balloons. There is also a dash panel behind those balloons. After exiting the tunnel, players jump over a bump that contains a green balloon in the middle. The path splits; to the left, there is a narrow path with a green balloon beneath the small overhand. On the right is a wider path with two green balloons and two blue balloons. At the end of the lap, there is a small ramp with a row of bananas.
Like the other levels of Diddy Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Racing DS, Fossil Canyon is filled with eight coins, scattered all around the area. However, the coins only appear once the player has beaten the world's boss at least once.
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