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#44: Diddy Kong Racing

Racing
1997

Diddy Kong Racing holds a special place in my heart for a variety of reasons. It was the game I got with my Nintendo 64 for my birthday. I still remember that morning when I raced to plug in the console and play for about 15 minutes before I had to go to school. It was a magical moment. In fact, Diddy Kong Racing was my first ever Nintendo game, as I was the proud owner of a Sega Genesis before I switched over to Nintendo. So the game was a lot of firsts for me, but it makes this list not just because of those sentimental values. The game was also a blast to play, giving a kart style racing game an adventure sort of feel, even pitting you against bosses (which were totally cheap) and having secrets to uncover. Plus, the multiplayer was a blast to play. The whole package was just a blast to play, and even now the memories are flooding back. Good times.