Diddy Kong Racing [Video Game Review]

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Title: Diddy Kong Racing DS
Developer: Rare, Ultimate Play the Game
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo DS
Category:
Racing, Adventure
Release Date: 
February 5, 2007
How we got the game: 
I got it as a gift long ago

 

 

 

Diddy Kong Racing will always have a special place in my heart. I remember playing this game originally on the Nintendo 64 when I was a kid, not that I was any good at it. I believe I got the Nintendo DS version for my birthday or Christmas the year it came out. Picking it up again, it was certainly a fun trip down memory lane.

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This is a racing game so, of course, you choose a character and you race through various courses. The roster isn’t huge with only eight playable characters plus four more to unlock making a total of 12 playable characters. Still, that’s not too bad considering the time the game was originally made. Also, instead of playing as Banjo or Conker, they were replaced with Tiny Kong and Dixie Kong.

In the regular adventure mode, you choose a character, a vehicle, and a track. Then you race. There are three different vehicles to choose from – kart, hovercraft, or plane. I was only good with the kart. The hovercraft was okay to control, but I was horrendous with the plane. These vehicles can be used in most of the tracks. Some tracks allow all three while other tracks allow certain vehicles. For example, you can’t use a kart or plane in Pirate Lagoon because it’s mostly water.

Speaking of tracks, there are six different areas, each one with four racing courses for a grand total of 24 tracks. Each course has balloons scattered about which give you an item. There aren’t too many items in this game and you get a certain item depending on which color balloon you pop. For example, a red balloon will give you a missile. You can upgrade your items by collecting Rareware coins that are scattered about the tracks. However, I mostly through my items blindly because I was too focused on trying to stay on the road.

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There is a story mode to this game, one that I didn’t complete. Taj the Genie is a blue elephant that rides around on a magic carpet. He aids you by giving you new vehicles and the like. Of course, to unlock them you need to beat him in a race and… well, that plane. As I said, I was horrendous with it.

Anyway, long story short, we need to race in order to stop Wizpig from taking over the island when Timber’s parents go away on vacation. Timber can’t fit Wizpig alone, so he calls on Diddy and the rest of the gang to help him out.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. It’s just a way to unlock more tracks and characters, which is a pretty clever way to do things. Although, I don’t think this particular game really needed a story.

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Graphics-wise, this game is definitely better than when it was originally released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64. Still, I don’t think the graphics are great. I’m not complaining though. It’s still charming.

The music is probably the best thing about this game. The beats are so energizing that even if I haven’t played the game in a while, I find myself humming the main menu tune.

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This game is fun to play if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic. I’m sure I’ll get back to it and play it again at some point in my life, though this isn’t a game I’d go to all the time. It’s fun to play once in a while though.

Diddy Kong Racing DS gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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Character Spotlight: Alfyn Greengrass

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

We’re already at the end of June, so here we are with another character spotlight.

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Alfyn Greengrass is a 21-year-old apothecary in Octopath Traveler. He’s one of the eight main characters you can choose to play as and he is a great asset to your team. He’s a perky guy and seems to have everyone’s best interest at heart. Oddly enough, this is, more or less, what he struggles with throughout his main story.

The moment I heart Alfyn’s voice, I immediately loved his character. He’s adorable and an all-around good guy. While his particular storyline was pretty predictable for me, I loved going through his backstory and having him in battle.

In battle, Alfyn seems to have the most smart-ass comments to the enemies throughout whether he’s attacking or healing someone. It’s great and definitely adds a little more humor to the story. His attacks are also just really well done and can be pretty strong. If I remember correctly, he wasn’t our strongest physically or magically, but he pulled his own weight in battle nonetheless. I’d love to play the game again with him as our chosen character just to see how strong he’d get by the end.

Overall, Alfyn was a great character. He had a fun personality, great moves in battle, and an interesting story. He’s easily one of my favorites from Octopath Traveler.

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Throwback Thursday: Playing Layton Vs. Wright

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Time for another Throwback, one I’ve been thinking about a lot recently!

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Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney came out in late November 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS. Kris and I absolutely the Ace Attorney series and we were interested in the Professor Layton series because of that. However, it’s not Phoenix Wright and definitely more puzzle-related so we weren’t sure how we’d enjoy it. When Layton Vs. Phoenix came out, we got it to see some familiar faces from Ace Attorney and meet new friends in Professor Layton.

This game was awesome and I definitely need to play it again sometime soon. The game had elements from both series and split them down 50/50. You play as both protagonists in court cases, investigations, and puzzle solving. This was the game that made us fall in love with Layton as well.

I’m already invested in the Phoenix Wright characters, but it was great to get to know the Layton characters on a deeper level. Plus, they mixed the characters up as well. From what I remember, there’s a part where Maya and Layton are together for a while.

I remember playing on my parents’ bed because Kris and I were huddled together flipping back and forth our 3DS consoles (you know, when one battery died, we’d charge it, take the game out and use the other 3DS and repeat). We read the game out loud to each other, each playing certain characters. At some point in the game, something big happens and I bawled my eyes out. I can’t remember if Kris cried, but I was a mess.

Our parents came home and my mother was so concerned when she saw me crying. Kris simply said, “Something happened in our video game.” My mother then shrugged her shoulders and then walked away. She knows us all too well.

It was a good time though. The plot of the game was awesome as were, of course, the characters. I’ll never forget my first playthrough of it, even though I don’t remember the exact premise of the game… other than witch trials, I think.

I’m definitely playing this one again soon.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Odd Bosses In Super Mario RPG

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Super Mario RPG is a favorite game of ours. I always enjoy watching Kris play, humming along to the music, and commentating on the wacky-looking enemies in the game.

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Bowyer

Bowyer is the first boss you encounter in the game. He has an interesting character design as he looks like a bow. His main attack is, of course, shooting arrows. He has a funny accent and certainly sticks out in the forest with a bright red, yellow, and green design. His body has stripes and his hair is wild and spiked and he’s got a nice pair of red, crazy eyes going on. I’ve always enjoyed his design because he’s an enemy who looks like a weapon. Which is odd and cool at the same time.

Valentina

What can I say about Valentina? She’s a pain in the butt, mean, and materialistic. Her head looks like Arnold from Hey, Arnold! and has big boobs. She’s also got a bird on top of her head – whether it’s still alive or not, I have no idea. I believe she’s a “human” trying to look like a bird because “Mallow” is apparently Dodo who is, well, a dodo bird.

Booster

Who doesn’t love Booster? He kidnapped Princess Toadstool and wants to marry her but he honestly has no clue what he’s doing. He has dolls of Mario and Toadstool and himself, which is… totally bizarre. He cries when he can’t find his Mario doll. He’s a funny guy though and I’ve always enjoyed his part of the game. His castle is a great level to get through and the music alone makes it all worthwhile. Plus, he reminds me of Wario a bit in looks.

Bundt

Bundt is a cake. Yes, a cake that’s alive. In fact, he was created to be Booster and Toadstool’s wedding cake. As soon as Mario and gang crash the wedding, you battle the two chefs but it turns out Bundt is the true boss. Having a wedding cake as the main boss is a cool concept and, while he’s personified a bit, he still looks like a regular cake which makes it all the cooler.

Belome

I don’t even know what Belome is. A cat? A dog? A frog? He’s encountered in the sewers and looks poisonous. He’s bright yellow with red squiggly designs all over him. He’s got four horns on the top of his head and four eyes which is pretty daunting. Not to mention he’s got a long tongue that he easily scoops up and eats your party members. Yeah… Belome is probably one of the weirder bosses in this game. But, like all the other bosses and enemies, he’s pretty cool. The design choices in Super Mario RPG are top notch.

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E3 2019: Bethesda & PC Gaming Show

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

We’re talking about E3 all week long, even though we’re talking about the conferences out of order, but you know… that’s just how Double Jump rolls.

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Bethesda

I have to be honest – I didn’t care about Bethesda’s conference at all. They were not at all entertaining and a bit boring to watch. Kris and I talked over them half the time we watched. Also, neither of us cared about any of the games they showcased.

I wish I had more to say, but I just really don’t.

The PC Gaming Show

We have a Steam account as well as Origin and even Epic Games. We don’t play on PC as often as we’d like and we’re, of course, always looking for new games to branch out with.

We watched the PC Gaming Show after the fact because neither of us was home when the show was live. Like Bethesda, they didn’t seem to put on a great show either. Neither Kris nor I cared too much for the hosts so we ended up fast forwarding through the talking and only turning it back on for a game. However, if we weren’t interested in the game or it was too bloody and violent, we sped through that too.

There were a couple of games that caught our attention – Starmancer, for one. This game looks like so much fun and has Stardew Valley vibes but in space. Unexplored 2 was intriguing to both of us though I have a feeling I’d be terrible at the game!

Griftlands looked interesting as well. It seems like a choose-your-own-RPG-visual-novel type of a game. We’ll look more into that one when the time comes.

Cristales will be coming to Steam in 2020 but the demo is available now. It looks difficult as you play in the present but can peer back into the past and look ahead into the future. It’s an interesting take on a RPG and I’m looking forward to trying it.

Finally – Plant Zoo. I don’t think I need to explain this one. It’s animals and a simulations game. I’m there. It’s coming out this November, though I hope they do more research on the animals because giraffes rarely lie down and most certainly do not lounge around like they were shown in the trailer. Nicky picky? Yes… but I’m just saying.

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E3 2019: Microsoft & Ubisoft

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

E3 always tends to happen at the optimal time when Kris and I aren’t home to watch. So, we’ve been watching the conferences after the fact late at night. I’m really looking forward to Nintendo this afternoon, but we won’t be able to watch that until later either… so let’s talk about some that have already happened.

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EA & The Sims

Kris touched upon this on her post yesterday but I wanted to add that I too am pleased with what’s coming to The Sims. I’ve been streaming it a lot lately and am looking forward to living on an island and playing with dolphins! …And possibly becoming a mermaid.

Microsoft

Microsoft put on a pretty show. The crowd was hyped and they showcased some great games. Of course, I’m not interested in the shooty-bloody-violence games. However, I was intrigued by Ori & The Will of the Wisps – I still have to play the first one though. Minecraft Dungeons looks like a lot of fun. I’ll admit, I thought it was an update to the original game and I was iffy on it. But since it’s its own thing, it looks pretty cool.

Way To the Woods (the deer game) and Spiritfarer both looked really cute. I’m sure Spiritfarer will be a tear-jerker and Way To the Woods might be as well since I’m not entirely sure of that game’s full story yet. Still, they both look like a lot of fun to try.

Flight Simulator looks cool as well. I’m terrible at plane games, but Flight Simulator looks pretty and I’m willing to give it a try. Hopefully, the controls will be much better than the other plane games I’ve tried. Phantasy Star Online 2 looks great as well. I’ve never played that game before – not sure if I’ve even heard of it before because I live under a rock – but it looks like a lot of fun.

I have the Xbox One but don’t have too many games for it. I had a decent amount for my 360 but barely any of them were backwards compatible and my 360 got the red ring of death and is no longer with us, RIP. In addition to that, I’m first and foremost a Nintendo girl, as you all know. I’m always looking for new games to broaden my horizons and try something new. I think 2020 (since that’s when all these games release) will do that for me.

Finally, of course, there’s Scarlet. Their next console. They talked a whole lot of tech that I didn’t understand, but holiday 2020? I was impressed it’ll be here so soon. It seems like so far away but it’ll be here before we know it and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

Because, really, my Xbox One has to update every other time I turn it on and it takes about a half hour… Scarlet better not have to do that.

Ubisoft

Entertainment wise, Ubisoft never seems to disappoint. Remember when they announced the latest Just Dance game last year? Yeah, that was weird. I appreciate the way they announced it this year. The video and message they had before the dance were nice and the dance was fun to watch as well.

They also opened with an orchestra of Assassin’s Creed, which was fabulous. An orchestra always gets my attention and it’s beautiful. They’re going on tour and I’m sure that will be a lovely show.

I have to admit, I didn’t care too much for the majority of Ubisoft’s games. Yes, they put on a good show, but only two games caught my attention – Roller Champions which is out now and Gods and Monsters coming early 2020.

Gods and Monsters looks epic and something totally up my ally while Roller Champions is something totally different than what I normally play. While it reminds me a lot of Rocket League, I’d love to give it a try.

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Animal Crossing Switch Wish List

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

E3 is right around the corner and I’m super excited to see what Nintendo has to offer this year! Like many, I’m sure, I’m eager to learn more about Animal Crossing for the Switch. I mean, I hope they talk about it.

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The Big Ideas

I had a list of three or four things that I wanted to see in Animal Crossing Switch. As I wrote them down (because I knew I’d forget them before getting the chance to write this post), I kept coming up with more and more ideas. The list has grown to nine now, so I’ll talk in depth about the ones I really want.

Outside/Yards

I have a kiddie pool in my back room in Animal Crossing New Leaf. It makes no sense to have a kiddie pool in the house – especially if you can’t even use it. A rubber duck is just floating around in it forever alone and, honestly, that’s quite sad. I want to be able to have an actual garden in my yard, not plant flowers randomly about town. I want to have a lawn mower or a shed (more inventory space!), lawn chairs, or something. I want the house to be unique from all the others, inside and out.

Interactive Villagers/Friendship Levels

There are a few different personality types the villagers have. However, they don’t really different from each other that much. I’d like to see more of those personalities, if not new personalities. Give the villagers more things to do and say. When they invite you over, have coffee or something. When they come over, let’s sit and watch TV together. They just roam around mindlessly.

Having friendship levels would be cool too. I mean, it might make more work for an Animal Crossing game, but people are always trying to move in new villagers or get the pictures of their current villagers. Having a friendship level would be a great indicator of that. Plus, the villagers can have friendships with each other and you can settle disputes and such.

More Villagers & Bigger Villages

There are a lot of villagers and only ten can live in your village at a time. Give us bigger towns with more room to build public works projects and allow 15-20 villagers to live in our town. Plus, I was watching a playthrough of New Leaf and they were saying how they would love to see the villagers have different styled houses depending on their personality, such as a mansion or a shack or whatever. That would be so cool.

Different Biomes

Most of the stuff on this list is a long shot, I know. This is probably the weirdest request from me to Nintendo, but… I would love different biomes. Think Zootopia or we could just have multiple towns to travel to and take care of. We could visit the Tundra, Rain Forest, Desert, and more. Animals who live in those areas in real life are most likely to appear in their respective biomes. They have the camping ground so I think they could add two or three biomes off to the side for your town. It’ll be a surprise what you get. Maybe you could add more biomes down the road after you meet certain requirements in the game. I know there are different seasons, but I’m sure there are different bugs and fish that would appear only in the desert and stuff… we could catch Blathers a scorpion!

Honorable Mentions

  • More inventory space – let us have our pocket space plus a backpack that has even more room.
  • More than one save file – yes, this already exists but for the same town. I want to have multiples towns on one game.
  • Interactive decor – some are interactive, but not all. Seriously, if my character has a coffee pot, I want to turn it on and actually drink the coffee.
  • Fishing net – I believe this is in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. A fishing net can catch eight fish at once. Wouldn’t that make life easier? (But then, yeah, we would definitely need the more inventory space.)
  • Send letters to friends – whether they’ve visited your town before or you have their Switch friend code, we should be able to communicate and send gifts to friends.
  • Pokemon Crossing

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