In what is sure to be the most surprising news you’ll wake up this morning to hear, demo footage from a proposed Diddy Kong Racing sequel, entitled “Diddy Kong Racing Adventures,” has turned up. Rare originally proposed their own sequel, “Donkey Kong Racing,” and it had been given the go-ahead shortly before they left Nintendo’s wing. Climax Entertainment saw an opportunity for some work and built their own version.
Like the original Diddy Kong Racing, this game would have been a combination between a racer and an adventure game. One would traverse an overworld in their vehicle and choose from six different zones containing three separate courses each. The roster of available vehicles would have been greatly expanded, covering quad-bikes, planes, jet skis, and hover scooters, and upgrading them would have been possible.
The story would have been light. After facing defeat in Diddy Kong Racing, Wizpig would exact his revenge by sending an army of Kremlings to bulldoze the island and make it Great Again (sorry, I’m still a little sore), in the process creating tracks suitable for racing. Diddy and his friends, minus Conker and Banjo, would have gassed up their cars, planes and what-have-you in an effort to stop Wizpig.
Climax put together the simple demo below and presented it to Nintendo in 2004 with hopes of getting to develop it for the Gamecube. Nintendo turned it down, and it isn’t known why (though maybe it was because their demo was running on an XBox).
Below is what the Nintendo execs saw….