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Podcast: Mario Kart 64 vs. Diddy Kong Racing Game Club

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Two notable racers on the Nintendo 64 are always compared: Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing.  While more than 6 months separated the games in the US (and even more in Japan), they basically came out together in Europe and have always been compared.  Jam and Fred discuss the development and gameplay of each before jumping into the dangerous waters of comparing the two.

Click here to read Drew’s original post comparing the two.

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Written by Fred Rojas

November 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

Mario Kart 64 vs. Diddy Kong Racing – The Ultimate Retro Racing Game Debate

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The two notoriously addictive and challenging 3D racing games produced for the Nintendo 64 were Mario Kart 64, developed by Nintendo and released on February 10th 1997, and Diddy Kong Racing, developed by Rareware and released on the 21st of November 1997. Both games skyrocketed in sales and popularity, with Diddy Kong selling over 4.5 million copies and Mario Kart selling over 9 million copies. The outrageous sales of Mario Kart 64 was arguably due to the fact that the characters were previously known and established by Nintendo in previous games, whilst the characters featured on Diddy Kong Racing were generally new installments.

In fact, Nintendo used Diddy Kong Racing as a platform to set up new characters to be released in other Nintendo games; these were characters such as Banjo the bear (the Banjo Kazooie series following) and Conker the Squirrel (the infamous Conkers Bad Fur Day followed). But the age old debate between old school and retro gamers remains: which was better? There are hardcore advocates and arguments on both sides, some of which we will take a look at.

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Written by Drew Rapley

May 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm