Diddy Kong Racing was released in 1997 as a racing game for the Nintendo 64 console. The game was developed by Rareware. In 1997, 800,000 copies were ordered two weeks before Christmas, making it the fastest selling video game at the time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It was the first game to spin off from the Donkey Kong Country series and stands as the Nintendo 64's sixth best-selling game.
Diddy Kong Racing was a real-time strategy game with a caveman/time-travel theme worked on by a team of four. The game was partially intended to introduce future franchise characters so that gamers would recognise them when their games were released.
In Diddy Kong Racing, a player can choose to drive a car, hovercraft, or aeroplane, though a certain level may require that the player picks one of these.
Diddy Kong Racing was very well received for its graphics and sound, but was criticised for being too similar to Mario Kart 64. The game became a Player's Choice title. It currently holds an 88.65% score on GameRankings and an 88/100 score on Metacritic.
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.
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