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Donkey Kong Racing is a cancelled game sequel to the Nintendo 64 game, Diddy Kong Racing that was going to be released sometime in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube.


According to Rare's defunct site from the early 2000s, the play could use fruit and prizes to upgrade the animal rides for their Animal Buddies or the enemies which, notably, they can use as vehicles to race upon. Also, the game is said to have various landscape racing including underwater and in the skies (not shown in the pre-rendered video), along with the basic land racing. It is also said to have had orchestral themes and real-world phenomena scenery including swaying trees and fading sunlight.[2]

According to IGN, they said that Rare would have planned four-player races with the maximum amount being four.[3]


Officially announced at E3 2001, this game had it's first trailer release at Spaceworld 2001 with a pre-rendered concept of the game with the slogan "LET'S RIDE". This trailer was the only media ever to be shown to the public as the game was in heavy and slow progress. It was then stated by the press that the game was going to see a release in 2002.

Later in September 2002, the game had been cancelled, mainly because of the buyout from Microsoft and alternatively because Rare showed a lack of trailers and gameplay, unlike the 2001 build of Diddy Kong Pilot and Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers.

Around the Xbox 360 era, the game was in process of a total rework into Sabreman Stampede which was also cancelled.






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