Diddy Kong Racing DS

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
Diddy Kong Racing DS Game Poster Image
DS racing action bogged down by repetition.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages
Violence & scariness

The karts have weapons like cartoony missiles and oil slicks. Some explosive puffs of smoke, but karts only get knocked about and then reset.

Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this racing game has some cartoon violence, but very little objectionable material. The bright worlds and cartoon characters will appeal to young players under age 8, but the game may be too difficult for them to fully enjoy. This game has an online racing component, and Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under the age of 12.

User Reviews

Parent of a 1 and 6 year old Written bychris27w April 9, 2008

Fun game for children

My six year old son plays this game. He really likes it and is quite good at figuring out video games, but this one can be difficult for younger players at time...
Adult Written bycenarules April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byballew57 April 9, 2008

What's it about?

DIDDY KONG RACING DS is a modified version of a Nintendo 64 game of the same name. Players guide Diddy Kong or one of his friends in races through colorful worlds to defeat the evil Wizpig.

Players roam about an island setting, delving into connected worlds (a dinosaur world, water world, snow world, etc.) that hold races, collection missions, and boss battles. Players drive a kart or pilot a hovercraft or airplane. Players can collect coins through their races and spend them on upgraded parts for the vehicles to improve things like handling and top speed. Friends can race against other players using one game card or multiple game cards if everyone has a DS, or players can challenge friends and strangers via online contests.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, a lot of the upgrades and multiplayer events are hard to use because they can only be accessed after quite a lot of repetitive play in the one-player mode. The game asks players to run though the same courses and complete boss battles many times.

The difficulty levels ramp up rather quickly. In the one-player game, players must come in first to advance and the races can get difficult after the first couple of worlds. The controls, including some awkwardly handled touch-screen features, only make matters worse. The emphasis on story and adventure add some interesting twists to standard kart racing conventions, but the racing itself suffers as a result.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes racing games fun. Do you like to play by yourself and beat the computer and your previous times? Or do you prefer to race against friends and other people? Do you like racing games with lots of action and weapons, or realistic simulation? This game adds a story level and puzzle play -- do you like that? Parents might want to remind children that the racing that occurs in video games should not be modeled in real life.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: February 5, 2007
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for mild cartoon violence

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