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Not to be confused with Airplane.
A Plane from Diddy Kong Racing.
A yellow plane
Menu icon of the Plane in Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Planes are one of the three vehicles in Diddy Kong Racing and its Nintendo DS port, the other two being the car and hovercraft. The plane is capable of flying up to higher locations that the car or hovercraft cannot reach normally, usually higher, alternate pathways. The plane can fly across nearly any terrain or obstacle. Aside from traditional courses, planes are also used in the Fire Mountain battle stage, the race against Smokey the Dragon, and the second race against Wizpig. Hot Top Volcano is the first course in which planes are the default vehicle.

Like the car and hovercraft, each character's plane had its own color in Diddy Kong Racing. In the Nintendo DS port, Diddy Kong Racing DS, every character's plane is yellow by default. This was likely done in favor of the customizable paint option from Taj's Wishes Menu.

The plane has its own way of making a rocket boost. The pilot starts to go slow upside-down and then flips it fast and forward, unleashing teal fire and black smoke. Green fire and rainbow smoke are released if the A button is let go.

Planes would later appear as the main and only vehicle of the 2001 and 2003 versions of Diddy Kong Pilot, the latter of which was ultimately reworked into Banjo-Pilot.

In Diddy Kong Racing DS, the player can enter Taj's Wishes Menu to customize the paint color of a plane and upgrade its speed, handling, and acceleration. However, altering the acceleration has no effect, as every plane has the same rate of acceleration regardless of which character uses it. The player can also create a unique, custom emblem for the planes, similar to Mario Kart DS.

Level availability[edit]

Compared to the car and hovercraft, the plane is the least available in the courses. It can only be used in 11 of the 20 courses, or 15 of the 24 courses in the DS port. It is usually a default vehicle in the courses that it can be used in.

Course Availability Default vehicle
Dino Domain
Ancient Lake Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Fossil Canyon Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Jungle Falls Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Hot Top Volcano Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Boss level: Tricky the Triceratops X mark.svg X mark.svg
Challenge Level: Fire Mountain Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Snowflake Mountain
Everfrost Peak Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Walrus Cove X mark.svg X mark.svg
Snowball Valley X mark.svg X mark.svg
Frosty Village Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Boss level: Bluey the Walrus X mark.svg X mark.svg
Challenge Level: Icicle Pyramid X mark.svg X mark.svg
Sherbet Island
Whale Bay X mark.svg X mark.svg
Crescent Island X mark.svg X mark.svg
Pirate Lagoon X mark.svg X mark.svg
Treasure Caves Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Boss level: Bubbler the Octopus X mark.svg X mark.svg
Challenge Level: Darkwater Beach X mark.svg X mark.svg
Dragon Forest
Windmill Plains Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Greenwood Village X mark.svg X mark.svg
Boulder Canyon X mark.svg X mark.svg
Haunted Woods X mark.svg X mark.svg
Boss level: Smokey the Dragon X mark.svg X mark.svg
Challenge Level: Smokey Castle Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Future Fun Land
Space Dust Alley Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Darkmoon Caverns X mark.svg X mark.svg
Spaceport Alpha Check mark.svg Check mark.svg
Star City Check mark.svg X mark.svg
First race X mark.svg X mark.svg
Second race Check mark.svg Check mark.svg

Vehicle colors[edit]