Check out Diddy Kong in action in Mario Kart Tour

Welcome back, Diddy!

Diddy Kong makes his return to the Mario Kart franchise after an 11-year hiatus. What has he been doing all that time? Looks like he's cooked up a new item for himself; the Banana Barrels! These suckers will liter the course with bananas, making for a slippery road ahead!

Was Sakurai telling a story about King K. Rool through Smash Bros. Ultimate trailers?

This is pretty interesting!

Okay, this is a pretty fantastic find, and it certainly seems like something Sakurai would do.

First up, we have the classic trophy description for King K. Rool, which ponders whether Donkey Kong and King K. Rool could have been friends at some point. What on earth could make King K. Rool actually change his heart and become friends with DK?

In one of the Smash Bros. Ultimate trailers, you see Joker from Persona 5 stealing the crown of King K. Rool. For those who don't know, Joker is part of a "group known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts whose purpose is to explore the Metaverse, a metaphysical realm consisting of the physical manifestation of humanity's subconscious desires, in order to remove malevolent intent from people's hearts."

The most recent trailer to feature King K. Rool was the reveal of Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate. That trailer starts off with Diddy, Donkey, and King K. Rool all hanging out at DK's house. I did think it was pretty odd at the time that King would be hanging with Diddy and DK, but I chalked it up to Sakurai wanting all the RARE characters to hang out together.

Now with the info above, it seems there might have been more to it! Did Joker remove the malevolent intent from King K. Rool's heart?!

Diddy Kong Racing DS prototype surfaces

Diddy Kong Racing did eventually make its way from the N64 to the DS, but the video above takes a look at an early prototype of the DS port. It's definitely not as polished as the final version of the game, and seems to be more of a proof of concept.

Mario Tennis Aces - Diddy Kong trailer

We already knew that Diddy Kong was going to be added to the roster for Mario Tennis Aces, but now Nintendo has shared an official trailer showing off the little guy in action.

Diddy Kong Racing gets fan-made Unreal Engine 4 update

This is a bit of a unique update. It aims to retain the same style of the N64 game, but also update it through Unreal Engine 4. Not sure if I like the results, but they are certainly interesting! If anything, it makes me want an all-out update to Diddy Kong Racing on the Switch!

Diddy Kong Racing Gets Electronic Tribute Album

SEATTLE - November 27, 2017 - Materia Collective is excited to release Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing, a bumpin' journey behind the wheel of the classic Nintendo 64 racer just in time for the 20th anniversary of the game's release. Including EDM remixes of all world and boss themes across 20 tracks, Future Dance Land is licensed and available now:

Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing on iTunes
Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing on Spotify

The full track list for Future Dance Land is as follows:

01. Trap Kong
02. The Lap Before Time
03. Jungle TechnoFalls
04. Hoota Buta No Regrets 2017
05. Gonna Get Tricky
06. Going Down an Ever Happy Downward Trajectory Incline
07. Walrus Cove (Icetown Remix)
08. A Blue Walrus (Gotta Beat Bluey)
09. Pirate Lagoon
10. The Secret Trance
11. Seaside Ride (FACT.50 Remix)
12. Boulder Canyon
13. Psykong
14. Wizpig
15. Star City the Third
16. SpaceParty Alpha
17. Totally Radical Orbit
18. Wizpig
19. Timber's Beach Party
20. Hot Top Volcano, But Sexy

"Diddy Kong Racing contains some of my all-time favorite game music," notes album producer and arranger Nicholas Arden Day (aka Nikolyst). "I felt it was only fitting to combine these catchy tunes with EDM. Once I discovered the 20th anniversary of Diddy Kong Racing was approaching, the idea for this album was born."

Trademark for Diddy Kong pops up in Europe

This might not be such a big deal...but it's cropping up before E3. Today Nintendo filed a trademark for Diddy Kong, a character they've obviously already had a trademark for. Is this a case of protecting the character's name with a trademark update, or is there something else going on?

Inside source says Monster Games NOT working on Diddy Kong Racing Wii U

Our friend Emily Rogers is known for getting all sorts of inside information from various sources. 9 times out of 10, she's spot on. That's why we listen to her, and she just so happens to be talking right now about Diddy Kong Racing.

Remember the rumor of Diddy Kong Racing heading to the Wii U, courtesy of Monster Games? Rogers says that's simply not true. If the series is making a return, it's not coming from the gang at Monster.



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