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Krunch Artwork - Diddy Kong Racing.png
Artwork of Krunch, as he appears in Diddy Kong Racing.
Full name Krunch
Species Kritter
First appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)

Krunch is a Kremling and member of the Kremling Krew, he is also an ally of Diddy Kong. Krunch's first appearance is in the game Diddy Kong Racing. Here, Krunch is sent by King K. Rool to investigate why Diddy Kong and several of his friends are at Timber's Island, and to see if they are hatching some sort of anti-Kremling plot. Instead of antagonizing Diddy and his friends though, Krunch ends up aiding them in their battle against the evil alien hog, Wizpig. Krunch has the worst acceleration and handling in the game, but has a very high top speed, making him the 3rd fastest racer.

Krunch was going to appear in the now canceled sequel to Diddy Kong Racing, Diddy Kong Pilot. Krunch makes a reappearance in Diddy Kong Racing DS; he seems to have somewhat of a bullying attitude in this game. Krunch is left relatively unchanged from the N64 version, but his changes are a small boost in his turning and acceleration, along with a small drop in top speed. In the intro, another Kritter is represented with Krunch's model, while Krunch decides to spy on Diddy Kong.



  • The Kritters of Donkey Kong 64 wear the same skull-and-crossbones leather jacket as Krunch did in Diddy Kong Racing. The skull-and-crossbones, due to graphical limitations, disappears in the DS version.
  • Krunch speaks in a hissing-like noise in the first cut-scene of Diddy Kong Racing DS. He says to the other Kremling, "Where are thosssssssse Kongssssssss going? I will follow!" When selected, however, Krunch never makes any hissing noises.
  • Footage of the early pre-release build 1.964 of Diddy Kong Racing shown in the German N64 promotional VHS tape "Wieviel 3-D hältst du aus?" reveals that Krunch was named "Krash" at some point in development, though this name was already taken by another Kremling since the first Donkey Kong Country.