Diddy Kong Racing © 1997 Nintendo of America, Incorporated.
Game ID: NUS-NDYE-USA
Box ID: NUS-006(USA)
Diddy Kong Racing was released on November 14, 1997 in North America.
Developed by Rare, Diddy Kong Racing wasn't originally going to star Diddy Kong, and was originally a game called Pro AM 64 (in reference to Rare's NES hit R.C. Pro-AM, an unused logo can be found on the game's code). It wasn't until a demo of the game was presented to Shigeru Miyamoto that he suggested Diddy be the mascot of the game.
An unused character selection song suggests that Taj was going to be a playable character in the game. The track is played with sitar strings which are associated with that character. Taj would later become a playable character in "Diddy Kong Racing DS".
Diddy Kong Racing won the Console Racing Award at the 1998 Interactive Achievement Awards and also won Best Console Game of the Year 1998 by Scandinavian Game Review.
* Magic Codes are game cheats, always accessible in the options menu. These cheats alter mostly alter only the tracks mode rather than the Adventure mode, while some others do miscellaneous tasks such as allowing players to listen to music in the game. At the end of the game credits, a random magic code is given to players. Here is a complete list of all codes.
(MAGIC CODE: Description)
ARNOLD: Large players.
BLABBERMOUTH: Changes horn sounds into character sounds.
BODYARMOR: All balloons are yellow.
BOGUSBANANAS: Bananas slow players down.
BOMBSAWAY: All balloons are red.
BYEBYEBALLOONS: Balloons are disabled.
DODGYROMMER: Displays ROM Checksum.
DOUBLEVISION: Multiple players can be the same character.
EOLAOBFENRLONE: Free balloon.
EPC: EPC lockup display.
FREEFORALL: Fully powered-up balloons.
FREEFRUIT: Players start with ten bananas.
JOINTVENTURE: The second player joins Adventure mode.
JUKEBOX: Adds Music Test to audio menu.
NOYELLOWSTUFF: No bananas in Tracks mode.
OFFROAD: Four-wheel drive.
OPPOSITESATTRACT: All balloons are rainbows.
ROCKETFUEL: All balloons are blue.
TEENYWEENIES: Small players.
TIMETOLOSE: CPUs are harder.
TOXICOFFENDER: All balloons are green.
VITAMINB: Unlimited bananas.
WHODIDTHIS: Players can view credits.
ZAPTHEZIPPERS: Disables zippers.
* THE SECOND ADVENTURE: To play the second adventure, get to the space world and beat wiz-pig again. You will now receive the option 'ADVENTURE 2'. In here, you must collect platinum balloons and all of the tracks will be reversed.
* GET SECRET CHARACTERS:
- Get Drumstick: Get all of the amulets and all of the trophies. Get to the place that you begin and find the frog with feathers. Honk to him and you'll receive Drumstick in return!
- Get T.T.: Beat his personal best time on all of the time trial tracks to get T.T. the time clock.
* FIND THE FIFTH SECRET WORLD: Get all of the amulets and trophies. Then go in front of the light house and honk at it. It will turn into a rocket and take you to the fifth world!
Software Director: Robert Harrison
Software Engineers: Paul Mountain, John Pegg, Richard Gale
Art Director: Kevin Bayliss
3D Artists: Lee Musgrave, Keith Rabbette, Dean Smith, Johnni Christensen, Brian Smyth, Paul Cunningham
Music: David Wise
Sound Effects: Graeme Norgate
Additional Design: Martin Wakeley
Documentation: Leigh Loveday
Liaison: Eileen Hochberg
Character Voices: Kevin Bayliss (Diddy Kong), Johnni Christensen, Eveline Fischer (Pipsy), Keith Rabbette, Lee Ray, Lee Schuneman (Bumper), Chris Seavor (Conker and Banjo), Dean Smith, Joe Stamper Jr., K. Stamper, Chris Sutherland
Rare Quality Assurance: Huw Ward, Gary Richards, Simon Farmer, Jamie Williams, David Wong, Gareth Jones, Martin Penny, Steven Brand, Steve Malpass (voice of Fox in Star Fox Adventures), Andrew Wilson
NOA Thanks to: Mike Fukuda, Ken Lobb, Michael Kelbaugh, Armond Williams Jr., Robert Johnson, Melvin Forrest, Phil Sandhop, Henry C. Sterchi, T. Hertzog, D. Bridgham, Greg Richardson, Benjamin Smith, NOA Tree House, NOA Tree Branch
NCL Thank You's: Keisuke Terasaki, Masashi Goto, Hriouki Hamada, Mario Club, Julien Kraft, Joel Bardakoff
Special Thanks to: Joel Hochberg, Howard Lincoln, Minoru Arakawa
Game Director: Lee Schuneman
Producer: Chris Stamper
Executive Producer: Tim Stamper