Nintendo made a big mistake with Rare, the British company that gave them some iconic titles like Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, Goldeneye 007, Perfect Dark, and Banjo-Kazooie. However, at the turn of the century, they missed the opportunity to acquire the company. Many of the games for the Nintendo 64 came from Rare, and some were truly memorable. One of the standout titles from Rare was Diddy Kong Racing, which was revolutionary at the time.
Diddy Kong Racing, released in 1997, may have appeared childish at first, but it turned out to be a game with devilish difficulty and a great adventure. The game was unique in that it allowed players to circulate freely through a small open world to access different phases, and had three types of vehicles to choose from—karts, planes, and motorized boats.
The game also had a story mode, with boss battles at the end of each world, and a captivating design of the routes that set it apart from its competitor, Mario Kart 64. Diddy Kong Racing was a success, selling 4.5 million copies, and its influence can be seen in later kart video games such as Crash Team Racing.
Many fans believe that the Mario Kart series could benefit from incorporating the adventure component and a story mode similar to Diddy Kong Racing. The game, to this day, is remembered fondly by many who experienced it and it is considered a classic. A remake of Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo Switch Online would be well-received by fans.