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#39: Diddy Kong Racing (1997)
Last Year: 37

Diddy Kong Racing was the game I got with my Nintendo 64. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I set up the console in the wee hours of the morning, so I could play Diddy Kong Racing before school started that day. I booted it up, and was transported to a brand new 3D world of gaming. It was glorious. Truly the most groundbreaking jump in gaming I've experienced in gaming from a graphical standpoint. Gone were the 2D sprite graphics, and in were the polygonal characters and worlds. But it wasn't just the graphics that were great, but the actual game was amazing as well. Not only was the multiplayer a blast to play, but the single player game was surprisingly great as well. Rare made a karting game into an adventure game... and beating the levels to race and defeat Wizpig was oodles of fun. So many good memories with this game. ^_^