To accompany the release, Nintendo created a VHS promo tape which showcased gameplay footage alongside some rather painful live-action segments, with the premise being that Diddy Kong has gone missing and a series of eye-witness reports attempt to chart his whereabouts.
YouTube channel Hard4Games has taken it upon itself to restore this VHS treasure for a new generation, using a HDMI-ready VCR player to capture the footage.
Did you have this tape as a kid? What do you make of Nintendo's marketing circa 1997? Let us know with a comment, and don't forget to check out our exclusive Making of Diddy Kong Racing feature while you're here.