Diddy Kong Racing (Nintendo 64)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

One of my most favorite video games of all time! WindFighter SSK (18) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Terrific single player game, awesome tracks and graphics, but a boring multi-player Anthony Bull (26) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A cool Mario Kart type racing game! darthsith19 (64) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (59 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Total! (Germany)
Besonders für Mario Kart 64-Fans scheint DKR das richtige Spiel z sein. Ist MK 64 schon nach wenigen Tagen durchgespielt, so könnt Ihr Euch mit Diddy, Banjo & Co auch im Einspieler-Modus garantiert wochenlang unterhalten. Durch die abwechslungsreichen Spielmodi kommen auch Rennspielen sonst eher abgeneigte N64-Benutzer auf ihre Kosten. DKR ist nicht zuletzt aufgrund seines günstigen Preises von 100 DM der ideale Wunsch zum Weihnachtsfest.
Electric Playground
Diddy Kong Racing is a triumph. It is an exquisitely animated, color-rich racing game that bubbles over with character and charm. Addictive to the bitter end (in the sense that there has to be an end) and completely satisfying throughout, this cart, along with the equally superlative Goldeneye 007, is proof positive that Rare is indeed the finest videogame development company of the year.
The Video Game Critic
A single-player adventure mode lets you unlock tracks to use in the multiplayer modes, and it's madly addictive but never frustrating. Catchy tunes play throughout the races, including a few that sound like Christmas carols in the snow stages. With exciting racing action that places fun over realism, Diddy Kong Racing is a top-notch title for the Nintendo 64.
Consoles Plus
Diddy Kong Racing ravira tous les amateurs de Mario Kart. Beaucoup plus varié, mais aussi fun, drôle et délirant, c'est un must pour longtemps.
Nintendo Land
The music in this game is also really neat each track has it's own unique. Although in 3 and 4 player there seems to be no music. The only thing where Mario Kart 64 outshines DKR is the multiplayer, although DKR is good and has some quite original courses it just doesn't compare to MK64. If you're a fan of Mario Kart then you will feel right at home with DKR it plays very similar to the fat plumbers title. Overall this is a brilliant title and what Mario Kart 64 should have been it has some of the most colourful graphics and sound for one of the earlier N64 titles. In my opinion this is better than Mario Kart 64 and would strongly recommend purchasing this superb title.
Un jeu génial. Un peu gnangnan, mais génial.
Game Play 64
En tout cas, même si le mode multi-joueurs peut décevoir, Diddy Kong Racing va vite devenir un incontournable même si je doute qu'il puisse rencontrer autant de notoriété que Mario Kart 64. Peut être parce que la ressemblance est trop flagrante.
Diddy Kong Racing looks fantastic to this day. It plays fabulous to this day. And unlike almost every other Nintendo 64 game, it has still not been superseded; most of its terrific ideas were recklessly abandoned. Cheerful, creatively colored and especially well animated, the same artistic style that cast it off as too kiddie -- a hilariously narrow-minded complaint circa 1997 -- has only made it look better against its contemporaries. Its stellar soundtrack of jaunty, well-composed themes characteristically match their setting. But more important than any of that, it innovates and refines. It guarantees to last. It constantly challenges.
Diddy Kong Racing, se puede considerar como la segunda parte de Super Mario Kart 64, pero con alguna que otra novedad.
Ese modo Aventura, la posibilidad de correr en varios vehículos o la genial BSO con la que cuenta el juego, por comentar algunos aspectos importantes, hacen de Diddy Kong Racing un título casi imprescindible para la consola. Por otra parte un multijugador con el que disfrutaremos mucho durante largo tiempo. Sin lugar a dudas este juego es una genial opción tanto individualmente como jugando con amigos. Una vez más, Rare deja en Nintendo 64 un título con una calidad excelente.
Nintendo Power Magazine
N64 games have come a long way in their first year. DKR is proof of it. Mario Kart owners may overlook it, but they shouldn't. It's very different.
Joystick (French)
DKR est donc un soft digne de trôner sur votre étagère, parmi votre logithèque N64, si toutefois vous en possédez une...
La Rare tenta l'impresa e vi riesce, sfornando un gioco splendido, da cui molti avrebbero da imparare. Un esperimento più unico che raro, un modo diverso di vedere i Racing Game. Aggiunge al già grande divertimento che è capace di dare un gioco di questo genere, tante novità che lo rendono squisito per chiunque! Giocateci e non ve ne pentirete!
Rareware dzięki produktowi Diddy Kong Racing pokazało, że potrafi bawić swoimi dziełami ludzi. I choć gra nie przyćmiła popularności Mario Kart sprawiła, że wobec niej jest silnym konkurentem na rynku Nintendo 64. Diddy Kong Racing jest wart polecenia, a fakt że jego sprzedaż trafiła do księgi rekordów Guinnessa, świadczy o rzetelnym produkcie, wydanym przez Rare. Firma szybko zdobyła renomę w branży, czego wynikiem było kupowanie przez graczy ich następnych tytułów praktycznie „w ciemno”.
Nintendo Life
Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64 is a prime example of why gamers should never judge a title by its cover. What initially appears to be yet another cutesy Mario Kart clone aimed at kids not only manages to successfully differentiate itself from its main source of inspiration, but also provides a surprisingly engrossing and stubborn challenge. Make no mistake about it, this game requires genuine skill. There are a few forgettable characters and the environments are perhaps somewhat generic, but Diddy Kong Racing still comes highly recommended.
Diddy Kong Racing is a calculated, copy of a game that Nintendo, not Rare, originated. But as is the case with Rare, the company has that amazing knack for taking an idea and crafting it into something beautiful. Diddy Kong Racing is a deep, colorful game with an overly kiddy feel and look. But after a few minutes, you'll be compelled with subtle details, blissful gameplay and graphics, and the full, rich world that makes Diddy Kong Racing an even better game than Mario Kart.
Diddy Kong Racing is a game that shouldn't have been released for at least another six months. The foul taste left behind by Mario Kart 64 is still too fresh in my mind to accept a game as similar as this, even though this is a much better game than Kart 64 ever was. Also, the game could have used a few more worlds and more tracks, as the repetitiveness of DKR is what ultimately kills it.