Diddy Kong Racing

Strategy Guide

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Quick start

At the moment the race commentator says "Get Ready" and those words fade from the screen, press A.

Space World

Collect all the trophies and amulets, then locate the sign by the lighthouse. Approach the sign and honk your horn. The lighthouse will turn into a rocket and launch into space, allowing access to the bonus fifth world.

Second adventure

Enable the "Space World" code. Then, beat Wizpig on this world. An "Adventure 2" option will now be available. This adventure involves collecting platinum balloons on reversed tracks.

Play as Drumstick

Collect all of the trophies and amulets. Move to the central area, with the red spot that leads to all other zones. Then, run over the frog that has a red bird perched on its head to access Drumstick.

Play as T.T.

After selecting a character, choose "Tracks" and turn time trials on. Then, beat one of the following times with the default vehicle used in Adventure mode on that track. Example, Hot Top Volcano, use the plane, not the hovercraft. Beat the required time, and you will race T.T.'s ghost. Beat his ghost time (which is "Time To Beat") on every track and he will become a selectable character.

TrackRequired TimeTime To Beat
Ancient Lakes1:07.001:01.28
Fossil Canyon 1:37.001:30.18
Jungle Falls1:08.001:02.50
Hot Top Volcano 1:35.001:30.71
Everfrost Peak1:53.001:48.00
Walrus Cove2:10.002:06.28
Snowball Valley1:13.001:06.41
Frosty Village1:44.001:39.40
Whale Bay1:19.001:13.11
Crescent Island1:39.001:33.16
Pirate Lagoon1:34.001:28.56
Treasure Caves1:10.001:05.63
Windmill Plains2:22.002:13.13
Greenwood Village1:46.001:40.61
Boulder Canyon2:11.002:02.35
Haunted Woods1:22.001:09.51
Spacedust Alley2:12.002:06.16
Darkmoon Carverns2:20.002:12.05
Spaceport Alpha 2:16.002:09.03
Star City2:07.002:01.45

Cheat Codes

Enter one of the following codes through the "Magic Codes" selection on the options screen. Enter the code again to disable the cheat effect. Note: The cheat codes can not be saved and must be entered with each game session. Additionally, some codes will only work in Tracks mode and have no effect in Adventure mode.

CodeWhat It Does
OPPOSITESATTRACTAll balloons are rainbow
TOXICOFFENDERAll balloons are green
BODYARMORAll balloons are yellow
BOMBSAWAYAll balloons are red
ROCKETFUELAll balloons are blue
ZAPTHEZIPPERSNo zippers
BOGUSBANANASBananas slow race
VITAMINBInfinite bananas
FREEFRUITStart with 10 bananas
NOYELLOWSTUFFNo bananas in multiplayer mode
BYEBYEBALLOONSNo CPU player weapons
JOINTVENTURETwo-player adventure mode
ARNOLDLarge racers
TEENYWEENIESSmall racers
DOUBLEVISIONRace against same character
BLABBERMOUTHAlternate horn
TIMETOLOSEExpert CPU
FREEFORALLLevel three items
JUKEBOXMusic test [Note 1]
OFFROADNo slow down [Note 2]
WHODIDTHISView credits

Note 1: A music test option will be available on the "Audio Options" menu.

Note 2: To drive at full speed, leave the track


Game Shark Codes

Keycode Required
Enable Code (Must Be On)DE004000 0000
99 Balloons801FCBED 0063
Enable Cheat Modifier 1810DFD9E ????
Activate Cheat Modifier 1810DFD9A ????
Enable Cheat Modifier 2810DFD9C ????
Activate Cheat Modifier 2810DFD9A ????
Have All Amulets811FC9E6 FFFF
Have All Trophies811FC9DE FFFF
Have All Keys811FC9D8 FFFF
Press GS Button to Load Second Adventure880DF497 0001
Codes To Have Level Completely Finished
Fossil Canyon801FCAF7 00FF
Pirate Lagoon801FCAFB 00FF
Ancient Lake801FCAFF 00FF
Snowball Valley801FCB03 00FF
Hot Top Volcano801FCB07 00FF
Whale Bay801FCB0B 00FF
Snowball Valley801FCB0F 00FF
Crescent Island801FCB13 00FF
Fire Mountain801FCB17 00FF
Everfrost Peak801FCB1F 00FF
Spaceport Alpha801FCB27 00FF
Spacedust Ally801FCB2F 00FF
Greenwood Village801FCB33 00FF
Boulder Canyon801FCB37 00FF
Windmill Plains801FCB3B 00FF
Smokey Castle801FCB4F 00FF
Darkwater Beach801FCB53 00FF
Icicle Pyramid801FCB57 00FF
Frosty Village801FCB5B 00FF
Jungle Falls801FCB5F 00FF
Treasure Caves801FCB63 00FF
Haunted Woods801FCB67 00FF
Darkmoon Caverns801FCB6B 00FF
Star City801FCB6F 00FF
Quantity Digits to Accompany Cheat Modifier 1 Codes
0100 - Horn Cheat
0200 - Print Coords
0400 - Display Credits
0800 - Disable Weapons
1000 - Disable Bananas
2000 - Bananas Reduce Speed
4000 - No Limit to Bananas
8000 - All Balloons Are Red
0001 - Activate T.T.
0002 - Activate Drumstick
0004 - Mirrored Tracks
0008 - High Speed Racing
0010 - Big Characters
0020 - Small Characters
0040 - Music Menu
0080 - Start With 10 Bananas
FFFF - All Cheats in List
Quantity Digits to Accompany Cheat Modifier 2 Codes
0100 - Two Player Adventure
0200 - Ultimate AI
0400 - Free Balloon
0800 - EPC Lock up Display
1000 - Rom Checksum
0001 - All Balloons Are Green
0002 - All Balloons Are Blue
0004 - All Balloons Are Yellow
0008 - All Balloons Are Rainbow
0010 - Maximum Power up
0020 - Turn Off Zippers
0040 - Select Same Player
0080 - Four Wheel Drive
10FF - All Cheats in List

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