Diddy Kong Racing DS artwork of T.T.
|Full name||T.T. the Stopwatch|
|First appearance||Diddy Kong Racing (1997)|
|Latest appearance||Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)|
|Portrayed by||Dominic Hecht (credited as Dean Smith)|
T.T. is an animated stopwatch in Diddy Kong Racing and its Nintendo DS remake Diddy Kong Racing DS. T.T. has a pair of two black arms and legs, with a white glove on each hand and a white shoe on each foot. There is a blue button on his head, and T.T.'s outer shell is red, while his inner case is yellow.
In Diddy Kong Racing, T.T.'s main role during Adventure mode is being is a lobby secretary who tells the players the various totals of what they acquired during their journey. The players can race T.T. in track mode in each course, and if they can beat T.T. in all races, he will become playable. T.T.'s top speed without bananas is 63 mph. His speed and acceleration is tied to Krunch's while piloting a plane, making Drumstick faster. T.T.'s instrument on the character select screen is a rotary organ. In Diddy Kong Racing DS, T.T. has a slightly higher-pitched voice and more pronounced English accent. During the adventure, T.T. is imprisoned behind a Wish Door in each lobby except Future Fun Land. He cannot be freed unless the player beats him in a Wish Race. Once freed, T.T. challenges the player to beat him in every racetrack, from the Dino Domain to Future Fun Land, in Time Trial mode. When the player does so, T.T. is unlocked as a playable character.
T.T. also appears in some non-English Super Mario publications. In one of the German Club Nintendo comics, "Sag niemals Holerö!," TicToc, as he is called, joined Mario in his fight against an evil alien called Heini. Whenever Heini sang his song "Holerö," the people around would turn into food. When Mario was spending his holidays in Switzerland, he was seemingly the only one that could resist the spell. On his way back home via Germany, he met TicToc from Zurich, Switzerland in the train. TicToc explained that he was just getting his batteries changed, when suddenly all people around him were transformed. In Austria, TicToc and Mario met another non-transformed person: Bomberman. Due to a hint of Todojewski, the three of them met Mahgo in Germany, a man who tells the heroes about their secret powers. According to Mahgo, TicToc was able to freeze time for a short amount of time. TicToc soon made use of this power, when they found Heini in Frankfurt's Alte Oper. The alien and many of his friends were just about to start eating people they had previously turned into steaks and other food, when TicToc froze time. Mario and Bomberman managed to rescue the people and threw bombs at the aliens, before TicToc's powers diminished. In addition to "Sag niemals Holerö!" T.T. has also appeared in two Japan-exclusive publications, including Mario no Bōken Land, where he announces the start and finish of the race, and a few appearances in the 4-koma Gag Battle comic.
Profiles and statistics
Diddy Kong Racing
- Character stats
- Weight: Middle
- Acceleration: 5/5 (1/5 with the plane)
- Handling: 2.5/5
- Top Speed: 5/5 (4/5 with the plane)
- Vehicle Color: Silver
- Instruction booklet bio (page 26): "Like Taj, the overseer of the racetrack is less than impressed at Wizpig’s behavior, but in T.T.’s case, it’s because the bully has sealed off his beloved courses. He can’t do much on his own, but he’s certainly willing to give animals any help he can in their mission."
- Player's Guide (page 7): "Though T.T. has been pushed out of his job as caretaker of the island’s race courses, he can tell you how many special items you’ve collected and activate the time trial option for you."
- Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide (page 42): "You can always find T.T. the Stopwatch pacing near the central courtyard of any world you’re in, ready to give you an update on your progress. He’s also keeper of his own special domain: In each world there waits a locked door, the key for which is hidden somewhere on one of that world’s race courses. Once you find the key, there are two battles against other animal characters and two parts where you collect items. For each item you win, you’ll receive a one-quarter section of the T.T. Amulet. When your amulet’s complete, you can race Wiz-Pig for the second time."
Diddy Kong Racing DS
- Character stats
- Speed: 5/5
- Acceleration: 5/5
- Handling: 4/5
Diddy Kong Racing artwork
- In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, another game made by Rare Ltd., the character Trophy Thomas is often called T.T. Both characters are known for their passions of records of time, and Trophy Thomas's blue hair could have been inspired by the blue screw on T.T.'s head.
- In the 2003 build of the unreleased Diddy Kong Pilot and its retail equivalent, Banjo-Pilot, the unseen announcer is portrayed by Dominic Hecht using the exact same voice as he used for T.T.
- During Rare's development of Sea of Thieves, Gregg Mayles shared a picture on Twitter showing T.T. as a placeholder player model in an early prototype screenshot of the game.
Names in other languages
- "The 25 Greatest Nintendo Games", GamesTM Issue 134, page 58.
- It's 20 years since @RareLtd released #DiddyKongRacing. TT reckons it's time for a drink to celebrate!. Twitter via @Ghoulyboy.
- Official Nintendo french magazine N3, page 25