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Nintendo 64 Mario Kart 64 vs Diddy Kong Racing

Which game is better?


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Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
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Which Nintendo 64 kart racer was the better game, Mario Kart 64 or Diddy Kong Racing?

I'm going to surprise some people and say Diddy Kong Racing was better. Yeah, it kind of copied a lot of the stuff from MK64, but it improved a lot of things and also added a lot of other fun features as well.

The thing that really sets DKR apart is the adventure mode, complete with story, boss races, and trophies and other collectibles. It gave the game a lot of replay value and made you feel like you were racing for a purpose instead of just for the hell of it. It was actually quite difficult, too. And there are also three different vehicles: car, hovercraft, or airplane, so there is more variety.

I'll give MK64 the edge on characters. The only characters in DKR I even knew were Diddy Kong, Banjo, and Conker. I think a lot of the others were created specifically for this game.

I did really like MK64, but one of the things I hated about it was the rubber band effect, how the players at the back go faster and get all the best items, and no matter how fast you go at the front of the race, you can never really build a huge lead.
 

dDave

Well-Known Member
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Who says you can't build a huge lead in Mario Kart 64? You must not be playing the game correctly. :lol:

I've had both games for a while now (got DKR a few years ago and I've had MK64 since I got a Nintendo 64). I played a lot of Diddy Kong racing and I feel as if the controls just aren't as tight and the items aren't as specialized, the level design is also a lot more basic. And I have to make sure to mention this, the slowdown gets crazy bad at times (especially when you're flying).

Mario Kart 64 has the edge with characters, items, courses, battle mode, and controls. That's not to say that Diddy Kong Racing isn't a great game, I think it's great that you get vehicle selection and adventure mode.

I'd say the music for the two games is equal.
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
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Who says you can't build a huge lead in Mario Kart 64? You must not be playing the game correctly. :lol:
Either that or you spend most of your time playing in the 50cc class. If you don't notice the serious rubber banding, then I don't know what game you're playing, but it probably isn't MK 64. The game doesn't let you build any kind of lead in 150cc unless you take a shortcut. You can spin out the player behind you with a shell or banana, but it doesn't matter. They'll be right on your tail again in a matter of seconds. The further behind someone is, the more of an advantage they get.
 

dDave

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Either that or you spend most of your time playing in the 50cc class. If you don't notice the serious rubber banding, then I don't know what game you're playing, but it probably isn't MK 64. The game doesn't let you build any kind of lead in 150cc unless you take a shortcut. You can spin out the player behind you with a shell or banana, but it doesn't matter. They'll be right on your tail again in a matter of seconds. The further behind someone is, the more of an advantage they get.
Maybe it's just because I'm used to Double Dash where the items really are unbalanced and socialist, that game has the power to literally cheat computer players into high ranks. I really do feel as if I always build a substantial lead when I play in 150cc in MK64. The rubber banding in Mario Kart is pretty bad, yes. One strategy to try is staying in 8th place for just the beginning of the first lap (enough to get one or two items) and use those items to build a huge lead very quickly, the computers can't compensate for it. Regardless, I don't really ever play 150cc except with real people.
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
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Maybe it's just because I'm used to Double Dash where the items really are unbalanced and socialist, that game has the power to literally cheat computer players into high ranks. I really do feel as if I always build a substantial lead when I play in 150cc in MK64. The rubber banding in Mario Kart is pretty bad, yes. One strategy to try is staying in 8th place for just the beginning of the first lap (enough to get one or two items) and use those items to build a huge lead very quickly, the computers can't compensate for it. Regardless, I don't really ever play 150cc except with real people.
Socialist :lol:

That is an interesting strategy to hang back in 8th for a while to collect the powerful items. I'd rather outrace everybody fairly though. Winning a tough race in DKR just felt a lot more satisfying because there was so little margin for error. One mistake in some of them and you might as well reset the race and start over.
 

dDave

Well-Known Member
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Yes, socialist.

I'm not at all arguing that Mario Kart 64 is more fair than Diddy Kong Racing, if anything Mario Kart 64 is more fair. I still maintain that I like Mario Kart 64 more for all of the reasons stated above, I think it's more fun. I have had plenty of fun with Diddy Kong racing.
 

Van

Heavy Weapons Guy
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Mario Kart 64 is more classic to me. But probably only because I played it more. I will agree that double dash is such a socialist game. I have the cheat code disc that has the option to make the isms more capitalist. Only problem is dave crushes when we play that way haha
 

Doc

Trust me, I'm The Doctor.
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I had way more fun with Mario Kart 64. I loved the multiplayer battle levels. I enjoyed finding the secrets or glitches to exploit in the races, too. There was nothing more satisfying than hitting a perfect jump off of the edge of Rainbow Road to take a massive lead against your buddies. It was equally as frustrating to get nailed with the blue shell of death after working so hard to win. The tracks were all well designed, too.
 

Smelnick

Creeping On You
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I always preferred MK64. I didn't play much 64, but I've played a few other versions of mario kart and those were great fun as well. I actually like the rubber band effect because it makes every race a close race. It's hilarious when the guy in last the whole game sudden spurts ahead and takes the win by a hair.
 
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