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Tiptup's artwork from Diddy Kong Racing DS.
Tiptup as depicted in Diddy Kong Racing DS
Full name Tiptup the Turtle
Species Turtle
First appearance Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Latest appearance Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007)
Portrayed by Johnni Christensen (1997)[1]
“Slow and steady won't win many races around here.”
Tiptup, Nintendo Power [2]

Tiptup (originally spelled TipTup[3] and alternatively named Tip Top[4]) is a clumsy turtle originating from Diddy Kong Racing. He would later become a frequent, recurring minor character in the Banjo-Kazooie series, and he appeared in some Japan-exclusive media of the Super Mario franchise. Tiptup's name is a pun on the phrase "tipped up."


Diddy Kong Racing / Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

Tiptup in his debut appearance, Diddy Kong Racing

Tiptup is a playable driver in Diddy Kong Racing. Tiptup is one of only two lightweight racers, with the other one being Pipsy. His vehicles have very high acceleration attributes and good turning abilities, but their speed is rather low. Tiptup's top speed without bananas is 54.67 mph. Tiptup helps Timber and the others defend their home island from Wizpig. The pig tyrant flies back to his home planet, Future Fun Land, after being defeated by Tiptup and his friends. Tiptup and his allies follow, and defeat Wizpig for a second time. Tiptup's instrument theme is a xylophone or marimba.

Despite being a character of the Banjo-Kazooie series, Tiptup returned in Diddy Kong Racing DS, whereas Banjo himself was excluded due to the rights to the Banjo-Kazooie series having been purchased by Microsoft. Tiptup has a higher pitched voice in the game, and his characteristics are very slightly altered from the original game.

Mario no Bōken Land[edit]

Tiptup makes a small, non-speaking cameo in the Diddy Kong Racing segment of, Mario no Bōken Land, titled "Go Go Diddy!". He is shown to be competing in a race, in third place.

4-koma Gag Battle[edit]

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

Mario Artist: Paint Studio[edit]

His Diddy Kong Racing artwork appears as a stamp in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.

Unused appearances[edit]

Tiptup would have appeared in Diddy Kong Racing Adventure, which was a rejected video game pitch idea that never came to fruition. He would have had spinning rings of turtle shells as a special move.

Profile and statistics[edit]

Diddy Kong Racing[edit]

  • Character stats
    • Weight: Light
    • Acceleration: 4.5/5
    • Handling: 4.5/5
    • Top Speed: 1.5/5
    • Vehicle Color: Cyan
  • Instruction booklet bio (page 25): "(High acceleration, light weight, excellent handling, medium top speed) TipTup the turtle is another member of the close group of animal friends, but because of his nervous (and maybe even slightly clumsy) nature, he’s never been particularly fond of the racing that the others seem to like so much. Now, though, he doesn’t seem to have much choice!"
  • Player's Guide (page 6): "We’ve all heard how a slow but clever tortoise used his brain to win a race over a swift but stupid hare. In this case, our little turtle will have a little high-tech help getting up to speed. Tiptup is a clever fellow himself, but when the pressure is on, his nervousness can sometimes get the better of him."
  • Nintendo Power Volume 103 (page 15): "TipTup, like Pipsy, doesn’t have the weight to hold a hovercraft down, but in all other vehicles and conditions, he can race circles around the heavier racers. His acceleration and handling are tip top and his top speed is medium. He may be a little nervous on the race track, but you can calm him down with practice."
  • Diddy's Drivers Ed: "Light drivers like Tiptup have excellent handling but very poor top speed. Grabbing bananas to increase top speed is a priority with Tiptup."
  • Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide (page 33): "TipTup has roughly the same characteristics as Pipsy. He’s quick off the line and handles very well. He’s a little heavier than the mouse, although not, of course, as bulky as some of the game’s other animals. The added weight makes him easier to control on water, although you must get used to making more of a controlled skid to get around the tightest turns in your Car."
  • Rarewhere: "Tiptup the turtle is another member of Timber's close group of friends, but because of his nervous (and maybe even slightly clumsy) nature, he’s never been particularly fond of the racing that the others seem to enjoy so much. As things stand, however, he doesn’t seem be left with much choice!"

Diddy Kong Racing DS[edit]

  • Character stats
    • Speed: 1/5
    • Acceleration: 5/5
    • Handling: 5/5


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Tiptup.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ティップタップ

French Tiptup[5]


  1. ^ Twitter confirmation by former Rare employee Graeme Norgate
  2. ^ @DKVine, Twitter.
  3. ^ Diddy Kong Racing instruction booklet, page 25.
  4. ^ "Diddy Kong Racing. Nintendo of Australia (Wayback Machine).
  5. ^ Official Nintendo french magazine N3, page 25

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