Diddy Kong Racing DS DS

Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
Buy On
  1. Diddy Kong Racing was great back in 1997, and it’s managed to hold up almost a decade later. The added content is nice for those who completely destroyed the original game, and those who’ve never played it will be surprised at its quality, depth, and longevity.
  2. Yes, it's a less charming "Mario Kart," but this game is packed with ideas and fantastic racing. [Apr 2007, p.69]
  3. AceGamez
    80
    Though it plays second fiddle to its old rival, Mario Kart, Diddy Kong Racing shows that there is still a place in the gaming world for kart-driving monkeys, plane-flying turtles and hovercraft-steering tigers.
  4. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    80
    This could have been as good as "Mario Kart DS" but ditching some fun ideas to make room for the new DS-specific content actually drags the whole thing down. [May 2007, p.72]
  5. It is extremely difficult to be shooting things with your stylus and at the same time maintain control of your vehicle; humans were only born to have two hands.
  6. Nintendo Power
    75
    Like its predecessor, Diddy Kong Racing DS has a Mario Kart game to compete with, but also enough unique features to make it a kart-racing contender. [Mar. 2007, p.87]

Awards & Rankings

#44 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#20 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 13, 2011
    10
    I love Diddy Kong Racing. Mario Kart Racing DS is NOT superior, but is. However Diddy Kong has a hovercraft, a plane, and a car and you canI love Diddy Kong Racing. Mario Kart Racing DS is NOT superior, but is. However Diddy Kong has a hovercraft, a plane, and a car and you can upgrade them to go faster, and there are two never-ending story modes + race tracks, so I'd say it's really a nice choice. It has speed ups, bananas, oils, magnetism, invincibility, and rockets and boss battles. I really love the graphics, but the beginning storyline video is just disappointing and a bit long, but the rest is completely worth it. Two thumbs and two toes up! Definitely purchase this over Mario Kart. A lot cheaper, but that's not understood by the reviewer. Full Review »
  2. Jun 13, 2011
    7
    it fun game and nice to play when you on the go but it not best racing game for the ds but it fun game
  3. NoahW.
    Jun 3, 2007
    7
    Great game but the weapons lack the enjoyability that mario kart has and The bosses can get extremely annoying...but unless you have mario Great game but the weapons lack the enjoyability that mario kart has and The bosses can get extremely annoying...but unless you have mario kart, get it. Full Review »