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is a fictional character in the Donkey Kong series of video game, first appearing in the 1994 game Donkey Kong Country. He lives on Donkey Kong Island in the Kongo Jungle, and is identified by his red hat, which has a Nintendo logo on it, and shirt. He is Donkey Kong's best friend and sidekick. He is described as the "nephew wannabe" of Donkey Kong in the Donkey Kong Country manual and occasionally as a chimpanzee, despite his tail. He is noted for his ability to use a jet pack fashioned from a barrel and a pair of wooden guns that shoot peanuts. He was originally intended by Donkey Kong Country developer Rare as an updated version of Donkey Kong Jr.; however, Nintendo disliked the changes made, forcing them to either use Donkey Kong Jr.'s original appearance or to change the character's name. They felt that the design was superior for Donkey Kong Country, choosing to keep the design. They were originally to call him "Dinky Kong," but due to unspecified legal issues, they settled with Diddy Kong.
Diddy Kong has made many appearances in the Donkey Kong series. Soon after Donkey Kong Country, he has had two major roles - first in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, both as the main character along with the character Dixie Kong, where the two of them must rescue Donkey Kong. He is reduced to a minor character in the sequels, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. On the Nintendo 64, Diddy Kong made two major appearances - first in the platform game Donkey Kong 64 alongside Donkey Kong and three new characters, and in his own spin-off racing title called Diddy Kong Racing, which was followed by spin-offs starring Conker the Squirrel and Banjo and a Nintendo DS remake. He is slated to appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns alongside Donkey Kong. Over the years, Diddy Kong has appeared in several spin-off titles; in the Donkey Kong series, he appears in Donkey Konga, DK: King of Swing, and Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast. Diddy has also appeared in other series, including the Super Smash Bros. series and the Mario series. Outside of video games, Diddy Kong appeared in the TV show Donkey Kong Country, where he is played by Andrew Sabiston.
Since appearing in Donkey Kong Country, Diddy has received generally positive reception, one strong enough to create a fan following, resulting in Diddy getting his own spin-off. He has been featured in several pieces of merchandise, including plush toys and candies. He has been considered a quality character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with UGO Networks editor Russ Frushtick citing various attributes, including his appearance. However, his design has been met with criticism; Kotaku editor Mike Fahey called him the "Scrappy Doo" of the Donkey Kong series. GameSpy editor Phil Theobald criticized Rare's character designs in the Donkey Kong series, specifically citing Diddy.
During the development of Donkey Kong Country, Diddy was originally meant to be an updated version of Donkey Kong Jr. Not liking the radical changes Rare had made to Donkey Kong Jr., Nintendo told them that they could either use Donkey Kong Jr.'s original appearance for Donkey Kong Country or rename their new version of him. Deciding to simply rename the character, who Rare felt was perfect for their updated version of Donkey Kong's world, Rare at first decided on the name "Dinky Kong", but due to unspecified legal issues settled on the name Diddy Kong. Sources dispute whether Diddy is Donkey Kong's son or nephew.
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