"Despite obvious comparisons to Mario Kart 64, DKR was a unique experience: platformer elements (explorable world, bosses and collectable items) were unique for its time, ensuring one-player longevity. Three vehicle types presented new areas already explored / raced. Vibrant storybook colours may have put off mature gamers but many challenges and secrets for them. Multiplayer action? Stick to MK64; DKR was your one-player racer experience."
User Reviews (11)
"Mario Kart 64 was beaten beaten and not too long after it's release either. Three different vehicles, nice boost mechanic, single player adventure, soundtrack by David Wise and of course, the multiplayer experience make this one of top-5 karting games ever. Though the adventure mode could have been more epic there's lots of stunning moments to remember. You know... like that final boss race."
"Comparisons to Mario Kart are inevitable, but Diddy Kong Racing really shouldn't be seen in that way. In fact, you could argue that this game is better. An adventure built into the game, challenging gimmicks and modes, and a variety of tracks and vehicles makes this a pretty unique racer. It is predominantly a single player game, but multiplayer can still be a blast."
"I liked this more than Mario Kart 64. It had better graphics, better sound, an awesome single player adventure mode, inventive track designs, multiple different vehicle types and ways to race, unique boss races and very solid fun racing gameplay, in both single and multi-player, tying it all together. As Mario Kart style racers go I think it is one of the very best. "
"This is for you!" My favourite words in this whole game! When the Elephant Genie said those words the first time I was hooked. I played this game to death as a kid and loved every second of this game. There were also three different kinds of vehicles and they were all very unique. I just wish that Rare used the other characters more!"
"One thing that has always puzzled me is why tiptub never got his own game. By far the coolest character but for some reason a guffawing bear and bedraggled squirrel got their own game instead. Honestly, what happened to Tiptub 64? It would have been epic. Oh yeah, this game is pretty good. Nice vehicle changes, one player and boss challenges. Diddy sucks though."
"Diddy Kong Racing is the only kart-racing game I've played in which the single player campaign was just as good, possibly better, than its multiplayer modes. Adventure mode, complete with a story, unlockables, collectibles, bosses and an explorable hub world all made DKR unique to its competition. Its tracks may not be as good as Mario Kart's, but Adventure mode makes up for that."
"My first N64 game. And just as I prefered BanjoKazooie over Mario 64, I prefer Diddy kong racing over Mariokart 64! It has better tracks, more tracks and lots of replayability. It's also a adventure, wich I love. And you have 3 different kind of vehicles, and later in the game you can use them on every track. Also, the endboss is really hard!"
"+race by air, land, or sea +adventure mode +tons of content +eclectic mini-games +amazing soundtrack +item system rewards skill +3D character models +does not suffer from sequelitis -tracks and battle aren't as memorable as MK64 -hovercraft difficult to use -redundant challenges -no music or AI racers with more than 2 players -difficult for newer players to compete with experienced players -frustrating near the end"
"Like so many of Rare's N64 classics, this one still holds up well to this day. Yes, MarioKart64 was better as a multi-player game, but the longevity and variation to the 1player campaign is a rare treat (sorry). Oft forgotten Trophy races, space tracks and rage-inducing silver coin challenges kept this from collecting cartridge dust until well into the new millennium. "Well done kid."
"The single player was great and I loved the adventure element to it. I never really got into this on the multiplayer front though. I didn't really like the way the cars handled and the items weren't as fun as those in MK64. I really enjoyed the hovercrafts and planes however and the excellent and original single player adventure make this a Rare treat."
"Diddy Kong Racing holds a special place in my gaming collection. I think I somehow played this More than I did Mario Kart 64. All the kart racing features were there, with some interesting items to use and varying courses. The biggest draw for me though was the fantastic adventure mode, which I could play with a sibling. Not the best, but worth it."
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