In a parallel universe where Nintendo didn't sell Rare to Microsoft, the Twycross-based industry giant would have continued to fully support Nintendo's hardware generations up to current day.
In such a reality, perhaps Nintendo would be teasing us with a full remake of Rare's beloved Diddy Kong Racing for Switch, running on the Unreal Engine. Thanks to the continued efforts of CryZENx to update old classics using the Unreal Engine as proof of concept, we don't need an inter-dimensional time machine to take a peek at such a creation.
It is true we are currently spoilt rotten with the current Mario Kart 8 Deluxe offering, but we certainly wouldn't mind seeing more arcade racers hit the system. What say you, NL readers; Would you buy such game nowadays?
Absolutely.... After Mario 64 I'd say Diddy Kong Racing is the first game I think of when I think nostalgically about the good old N64 Days
This would be awesome!
Id buy it in a flash. It’d be my most played N64 game, right up there with Goldeneye. And the power-ups are far superior to the Mario Kart ones
You know, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe already on Switch, I‘d welcome a new Diddy Kong Racing with open arms.
When will CryZENx realize you cannot just throw assets into Unreal 4 and think you are done? While the graphics themselves look good, the models and the environment do not look good together. There are people out there who do other better remakes in Unreal 4 that never get the exposure that CryZENx gets.
I loved this game so much more to mk64 back in the day
I just completed Adventure Mode over the weekend... and unlocked T.T. Really, it's because I got sick of watching Vinesauce Vinny suck at a game I hadn't played in over a decade, not counting the remake. It's just so weird to see an article about the game pop up all of a sudden.
That game was so, so, so great for the N64. I played it to death. I'd love a sequel. No karting game ever had a better singleplayer mode.
Come on Nintendo, Virtual Console it!
Where do I sign up?
One of the best racing games ever made, the original N64 version specifically.
"In a parallel universe where Nintendo didn't sell Rare to Microsoft [...]"
Repeating doesn't make it true...
Nintendo didn't sell Rare. They just didn't buy Rare at any time. Yes, they had got 49% stake, but they never increased it and didn't buy Rare when Rare was searching a buyer. Then Microsoft did it and obviously Nintendo had to sell the rest of the stake.
I am not happy when someone shortens this to: Nintendo sold Rare.
That look lifeless, just like all the other fan-made unreal nintendo remakes.
@Chandlero "in an alternate reality where Nintendo wasn't forced to sell rare"....better???
@MegaMari0 Nintendo never owned Rare so the weren't forced to do anything. They were given the chance to buy it, and they didn't take it.
Looks like a early Xbox 360 game...
@MegaMari0: Better would be: "in an alternate reality where Rare still creates good games"
By the way, why shouldn't Nintendo release a remake of Diddy Kong Racing in this universe? They should still have all the rights to the game. Just some (most?) characters belong to Rare. Maybe, this is a complicated legal mix...
That reminds me that Rare developed "Diddy Kong Racing DS" a few years ago. Therefore, Rare could develop a Switch game as a remake as well, when there is an agreement wit Microsoft on this matter.
I'm sick of all these HD remakes. The original graphical style is part of the experience and nostalgia of replaying these games. Nobody complains that we need a new version of the mona lisa because it's out of date
I could go for a sequel, if that’s even possible.
@d1k2000 However, newer versions are out there
@MegaMari0 It clearly has been for the best that Nintendo sold its stake in Rare. That studio has put out nothing but garbage since it departed from Nintendo and even their last game as a second party on GameCube was StarFox Adventures, which was lackluster at best. Even the heart and soul of Rare reassembled under Playtonic to recapture the magic, and the best they could come up with was Yooka-Laylee, a passable effort, but nothing compared to the glory days on N64.
@Trikeboy That's what I thought as well. It was Rare who made the call to go to Microsoft
Man, this almost made me cry. Loved Diddy Kong racing so much growing up ...more than Mario Kart to be quite honest. I'd love to see at least an upscaled VC release on the Switch - just remove Banjo and Conker or work that licensing **** out with Microsoft. I know, I know, both of these scenarios are unlikely as hell, but if you put it that way, why not make a new one in the vein of Diddy Kong racing, using characters Nintendo still owns the rights to?
@thesilverbrick Yeah, well, who knows how things would have worked out if they hadn't parted ways. I don't see why there should have been like a hard date after which Rare could not have possibly made another good game anymore. As for the "garbage" they've put out since ... well, first, let's wait and see how Sea of Thieves will turn out (though arguably most of the original talent has already left the boat anyways - pun intended). Also, I blame Microsoft. I dunno what their problem is, but in recent years, the only studios they managed to really wring quality content out of were Turn10/Playground/Sumo - aka the folks behind the Forza games.
They utterly failed to work with Darkside Games for that Phantom Dust remake. They utterly to work with Platinum Games for Scalebound as well, which is particularly odd seeing as PG seems to be able to work with anyone ranging from Activision to Square Enix onto Nintendo. Everything related to Lionhead turned into rather ugly mess a long time ago ... Their newfounded studios to handle their core properties Halo and Gear are doing (imho) okay-at-best work currently. Crackdown is supposedly still coming, but at this point NO ONE would truly be shocked if that was cancelled as well (though it probably won't, no matter if it'll turn out poor or not).
Frankly, the only major company out there right now, who does an even more pi**p**r job of using their development resources is - unsurprisingly - EA. Only major difference being, that EA has surefire properties like Fifa under their belt, and games labeled "STar Wars" will always sell, even if they are just lootbox infested Battlefield reskins (a bit harsh maybe but not entirely wrong).
Long story short, I like Phil Spencer, but Microsoft Game Studious are clearly mismanaged and have been for a long time. It is no coincidence that a company with pockets indefinitely deeper than poor Sony's cannot manage to prop up it's homeconsole with even a fraction of the quality exclusives Sony and Nintendo keep pumping out.
If Sony was doing with it's gaming business what Microsoft is, that company would be in more than just severe trouble. Luckily, for Microsoft Xbox is just a side business of one side business - well, luckily for them at least So yeah, if anything goes wrong with a Microsoft owned studio I for one argue to definitely blame Xbox's management first, second and third and just THEN I wonder if something went wrong at the studio itself, out of their own fault.
I still entertain more than serious doubts that Scalebound was an unreleaseable fail of epic proportions on the part of Platinum Games. From what I could gather, Microsoft was not able to communicate what they wanted and reconcile that vision with what the creative talent over a PG were actually doing. In other words: pi**p**r management =(
@d1k2000 That’s a poor comparison. The medium the Mona Lisa was presented in hasn’t changed. Canvas paintings aren’t done in any differently now than they were when she was originally painted. Games, however, have changed. The developers of games in the pre-HD era didn’t put their games in 480i as a stylistic choice. They did it because that was their only option, and many of those games are better experiences with sharper visuals, which are now entirely possible.
@Ralek85 We’ll see what their future efforts look like but after everything I’ve seen, I have a hard time being optimistic. And if Sea of Thieves turns out good it’ll be because of a new team entirely, since all the original Rare staffers are gone.
Gosh darn it, I'd love to see this in HD, but man, they need to tune down the glare and washed out colors. Diddy Kong Racing should be bright and colorful and pop off the screen. The original looks better than this IMO.
@Marios-love-child this was my game! I played it to bits, had a year before any other game I bought....
Look. I love Diddy Kong Racing and always wanted that teased Gamecube Donkey Kong Racing sequel, even if I was worried it wouldn't live up to it.
Really, though, I could be completely satiated with a new and thoughtfully made Adventure Mode in the next Mario Kart. Something that you can play cooperatively, maybe even online, too.
This would also open up the possibility for new types of modes in Mario Kart in a natural way. Bosses, etc. Mario Kart Adventure. Bring it, Nintendo.
@thesilverbrick Star Fox Adventures was the first game my girls completely finished. I think we've bought it three different times ('cause everyone needs a copy of their first game.)
I had fun with the original but I don't know I need another one. My little bro might but I highly doubt that.
@Scott_PdP I don’t know how old they were at the time but I’m actually impressed they were all able to finish it. That Krazoa Test of Fear was brutal. Took me forever to pass it.
@Bunkerneath Little tricky. The N64 version has characters Microsoft own (Banjo and Conker) which even if Microsoft were okay with it Nintendo has to be okay with it, and the DS version won't be possible on Switch due to duel screens (Wii U yes, but Nintendo's given up on that).
Best you can hope for is either a remake like the DS version (Bar the DS features) or a sequel by another developer.....
Instant buy if they release this on Switch.
It's also possible to race on water and snow.
To be honest I'd prefer a sequel which builds on the original formula as I've played Diddy Kong Racing so, so, so many times already. They could even add some of the classic tracks like they do with recent Mario Kart games.
The video made me motion sick and didn't really appeal to me at all. Camera was really dodgy too, the N64 original looks fine to me and as colourful as ever.
I just want Battletoads on the Eshop.
$40.00 would be my limit, but I would but it.
I wasn't around in the N64 days, but I did play Diddy Kong Racing DS. I loved that game almost as much as Mario Kart DS.
Diddy Kong Racing is the best "karts" game ever, if only it was remade... Nice visuals upgrade here, it looks fine.
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