Diddy Kong, also known as Diddy, is a character from the Donkey Kong franchise, where he appears as Donkey Kong's nephew and sidekick.

The name "Diddy" is a slang word used in parts of northern England for small, referencing Diddy Kong's stature.


In appearance, Diddy Kong shares several traits similar to that of a spider monkey. He has versatile feet and is the only member of the Kong family to possess a tail, which he uses to hang onto objects, hold small items, or attack his foes. Diddy Kong's face is slightly similar to Donkey Kong's face, but he has big eyes and a less frowned space between the eyebrows, with are covered in fur as opposed to Donkey Kong's. His ears are a bit big, but just about the same size of his eyes. Diddy Kong normally has black eyes, but in other games such as Diddy Kong Racing and Donkey Kong 64, he has blue eyes. Though in the Super Smash Bros. series, he was given brown eyes.

Diddy Kong's clothing consists of a red cap with the Nintendo logo on the front and a red tank top with two yellow stars on it.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart 64

Although Diddy Kong does not physically appear in Mario Kart 64, a silhouette of him driving a yellow bus can be seen from the front in Toad's Turnpike.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Diddy Kong's physical debut in the Mario Kart series was Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, where he appears as a lightweight character alongside Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Koopa Troopa, Koopa Paratroopa, Bowser Jr., Toad, and Toadette. His special item is, along with his partner Donkey Kong, the Giant Banana, a large, angry Banana peel that separates into three separate Bananas when hit. Diddy Kong's personal kart is the Barrel Train, a fast lightweight kart with bad acceleration.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Diddy Kong makes a background appearance in the arcade game Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, where he is seen in the crowd from the previous game.

Mario Kart Wii

Diddy Kong reappears as an unlockable middleweight character in Mario Kart Wii. He is unlocked after the player wins the 50cc Lightning Cup or after the player has participated in 450 races. Diddy Kong is the staff ghost for the Maple Treeway course, where uses both the Classic Dragster (Nin*pico) and the Sneakster (Nin*MUGI).

For his stats, Diddy gets a small acceleration and drift bonus while getting a strong mini-turbo bonus. He, along with Donkey Kong and Funky Kong, is one of the three Kong members to appear in this game.

Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, and Birdo are the only playable characters in Mario Kart Wii to not return in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Mario Kart Tour

After a long absence, Diddy Kong returns in Mario Kart Tour where he is classified as a Super character. His special item is the Banana Barrels, which is also Funky Kong's special item.


Other Games

Diddy Kong hasn't appeared in many Mario games, but has certainly played many important roles in the Donkey Kong series. He debuted in the game Donkey Kong Country, where he and his ape uncle had to get back their banana hoard that was stolen by the evil kremling king, K. Rool, and his Kremling Krew. Diddy Kong returned in the next Donkey Kong Country games along with Dixie Kong and Kiddie Kong.

Diddy Kong returned again to the Nintendo 64 console and was a playable character in the game Donkey Kong 64. In this famous game, King K. Rool once again stole the Kong's Golden Banana hoard, but this was merely a distraction to give the Kremling King and his crew time to build a massive gun that would destroy DK Isles. But to make matters worse, K. Rool kidnapped four of the Kongs, including Diddy, forcing Donkey Kong to save them first.

It wasn't until Diddy Kong Racing that Diddy had his own game. This game was very similar to the Mario Kart series. It included items, different vehicles, different tracks, and many different racers to choose from. However, it had a story mode where the evil Wizpig was attacking Timber's Island, and Diddy Kong and friends had to stop him.

Diddy Kong appeared in few games on the Nintendo Gamecube, such as Donkey Konga, but this chimp is being seen on more and more games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii. These games include DK Jungle Climber and Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast. Diddy Kong's most recent appearance has been in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Here, he was a starter character and his Final Smash was Rocketbarrel Barrage, where he wielded both his Peanut Popgun and Rocketbarrel Boost.

Staff Ghost Tracks


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Mario Kart: Double Dash racers
Light Baby MarioBaby LuigiToadToadetteKoopa TroopaKoopa ParatroopaDiddy KongBowser Jr.
Medium MarioLuigiPeachDaisyYoshiBirdoWaluigi
Heavy WarioDonkey KongBowserKing BooPetey Piranha
Mario Kart Wii characters
Small Baby MarioBaby LuigiBaby PeachBaby DaisyToadToadetteKoopa TroopaDry Bones
Medium MarioLuigiPeachDaisyYoshiBirdoDiddy KongBowser Jr.
Large WarioWaluigiDonkey KongBowserKing BooRosalinaFunky KongDry Bowser
Mario Kart Tour racers
Light Baby MarioBaby LuigiBaby PeachBaby DaisyBaby RosalinaToadToadetteWendy O. KoopaLemmy KoopaLarry KoopaKoopa TroopaShy GuyDry Bones
Medium MarioGold MarioLuigiPeachDaisyYoshiDiddy KongIggy KoopaLudwig von Koopa
Heavy Gold MarioRosalinaMetal MarioWarioWaluigiDonkey KongBowserMorton Koopa Jr.Roy KoopaDry BowserKing Boo
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