Diddy Kong Racing Nintendo 64

Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
Buy On
  1. Buy Diddy Kong Racing for the very good Adventure mode, but don't expect multiplayer action on the same level as the Mario Kart series.
  2. Diddy Kong Racing is almost too good to be true. It is an exquisitely animated, color-rich racing game that bubbles over with character and charm. A triumph.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    90
    DKR looks better than "Mario Kart," but it's a little too cutesy for us. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  4. 100
    Take Diddy for a test drive and you'll be hooked. It's the smoothest ride you can buy this holiday season.
  5. This one is a clear winner, and well worth the hype. However, be warned, this game is as cute as it gets.
  6. All I can say is that this is what Mario Kart 64 should have been. Awesome.
  7. Diddy Kong may be a prize to little kids this Xmas of 97, but if you in the teenage or adult years.... This game replay value is slim to none. So rent if you're not buying this for your kids.
  8. 100
    "Mario Kart's" (at least the original one, anyway) biggest strength was its multiplayer mode and of course DKR does what Nintendo did but better.
  9. 84
    Diddy Kong Racing is an excellent follow-up to the somewhat controversial "Mario Kart," improving on all of the game's weaknesses and inventing a few new additions of its own. It's the best kart game we've ever seen.
  10. The sound in DKR is fantastic. The characters make noises, the cars make noises, and the music fits in perfectly.
  11. Though it tries to be Kiddy Kong, Diddy Kong Racing is not a kiddie game. This is challenging, full blown racing at its best.
  12. There are so many subtle touches that only become apparent after many hours of play and the cunningly designed levels match anything Nintendo can offer.
  13. Beneath the day-glo grass and cuddly-wuddly wittle characters beats the brutal, steroid-pumped heart of a sadistic beast who eats raw liver and stamps on puppies for laughs. Everything about Diddy Kong Racing is perfect.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed N64 Game of 1997
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Aug 1, 2016
    10
    This game is nostalgic and amazing. I think its better than Mario Kart 64 and that is most of the time said the best racer on the N64 but thisThis game is nostalgic and amazing. I think its better than Mario Kart 64 and that is most of the time said the best racer on the N64 but this game has more and is MORE nostalgic. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2011
    6
    Have any of you played through the full adventure mode? Okay this game is fuun, and adds alot more to mario karts formula. but the singleHave any of you played through the full adventure mode? Okay this game is fuun, and adds alot more to mario karts formula. but the single player adventure gets SO BORING! if i remebre, you have to beat like every track 4-5 times just to beat the adventure mode... and i did. Oh and when you do that, you can do adventure 2... all of the tracks are just backwards... ADVENTURE HO! Full Review »
  3. Jul 27, 2011
    9
    A copy-cat of Mario Kart 64 , nether-less is a packed fun game with more interactions and more diversity in the tracks. In fact, it could beA copy-cat of Mario Kart 64 , nether-less is a packed fun game with more interactions and more diversity in the tracks. In fact, it could be even better than Mario Kart 64. The music tunes reminds good times for those that played back then. Full Review »