'Once upon a time (1997 to be precise) Rare were arguably the greatest development house in the world. Developing purely for Nintendo, they had rode a wave of critical and commercial success through the 90s, spearheaded by their mastery of Silicon Graphics and the first-class Donkey Kong Country series, which reached its zenith with the ground-breaking Goldeneye 007. After this, they produced a string of classic N64 games, including Banjo-Kazooie, Jet Force Gemini, Donkey Kong 64 and Perfect Dark.
During this golden age they only developed one racing game, but what a game it was. Funnily enough, that game is Diddy Kong Racing, for those who aren't fans of reading titles. Equally surprisingly, the game involves Diddy Kong and his various Rare/Nintendo buddies, although he is not the main protagonist. That honour belongs to Timber the Tiger; he and his friends are racing on his parent's island when the evil Wizpig comes from space to take over their race-tracks. . .'