Timber

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This article is about the character from Diddy Kong Racing. For Villager's down special move in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Villager § Timber.
Timber
Timber DKRDS art.jpg
Species Tiger
First appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
Latest portrayal K Stamper (1997-present)

Timber is a young tiger playable character in Diddy Kong Racing, who returned for its remake, Diddy Kong Racing DS. He is an old friend of Diddy Kong, and son of a family dubbed "the Tigers", who seem to frequent visiting Kong Country. He is a Rare Ltd. creation, whose rights were sold over to Microsoft during Microsoft's 2002 buyout of Rare Ltd.

Character creation[edit]

The cancelled Pro-Am 64

Timber was originally created to be the main star of the fourth entry of the R.C. Pro-Am series, titled Pro-Am 64. After Rare presented Pro-Am 64 to Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto suggested adding Diddy Kong to the game, and making him the starring role. Development of the game naturally progressed over to what is now the finalized Diddy Kong Racing.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Racing series[edit]

Diddy Kong Racing[edit]

Timber in his debut, Diddy Kong Racing

During the events of Diddy Kong Racing, Timber's parents went on a vacation to Kong Country and left him in charge of Timber's Island. Wizpig later invades the island, prompting Timber to call upon the help of his friends who take on Wizpig's challenge to race for the island. He's a middleweight racer who rides green vehicles with average speed, acceleration, and handling. Despite those drawbacks, he controls very similar to Diddy Kong, and is ideal for starter players. In the game's ending sequence, he can be seen riding Smokey the Dragon in celebration of defeating Wizpig.

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

Timber reappears in the Nintendo DS game Diddy Kong Racing DS. He seems to have an Australian-like accent in this game. His appearance has slightly changed in this game, with Timber having more, darker stripes, and the Nintendo DS logo on his cap instead of a Rare Ltd. logo. All of his stats are average in this game, unlike with the original title. Timber's instrument theme is a harmonica. His top speed without bananas, shared with Bumper and Conker, is 56.5 mph.

Timber's Balloon Pop[edit]

A Flash game starring Timber, titled Timber's Balloon Pop, was posted on Nintendo's official website to promote Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Mario no Bōken Land[edit]

Timber in Mario no Bōken Land

Timber makes a small, non-speaking cameo in the Diddy Kong Racing story segment of Mario no Bōken Land, titled "Go Go Diddy!". He is shown competing in a race in first place, though he is facing the wrong way. At the end of the segment, he is seen congratulating Diddy Kong on the crown he was awarded for defeating Wizpig.

4-koma Gag Battle[edit]

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

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Diddy Kong Racing[edit]

  • Diddy Kong Racing instruction manual: "(Medium acceleration, medium weight, good handling, medium top speed) A playful young tifer, Timber has been left in charge of the island while his parents visit their old friends over in Kong Country. Desperate to get Wizpig out and everything else back to normal before they return, Timber rallies his friends up to join up with Taj's resistance!"
  • Character stats
    • Weight group: Middle
    • Acceleration: 3/5
    • Turning: 2.5/5
    • Top Speed: 3/5
    • Vehicle Color: Green

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

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

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Artwork[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Sprites[edit]

Scans[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Early in the development for Rare's Dinosaur Planet, files left over in the game's files point towards the game at one point starring Timber.[1] The game, Dinosaur Planet, would eventually see many changes before being released as Star Fox Adventures, with no appearance from Timber.
  • Timber was included in a failed gaming pitch by Climax Group titled Diddy Kong Racing Adventure. Plans for the game included Timber as a playable character, whose special attack would have him roar a sonic wave that slows down other racers. The game idea was rejected by Nintendo and never came into fruition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter. "FUN FACT: Timber (from Diddy Kong Racing) was originally going to be the protagonist of Dinosaur Planet. several files in the SFA kiosk image have "Timber" instead of "Sabre" in their names. there's also concept art of a more tigerlike "Sabre" on Nick Southam's squarespace page." Posted August 18, 2018. Accessed August 30, 2020.