I recently started a new project called Diddy Kong Racing 2. As regular readers of my blog will know, I am quite a fan of the Donkey Kong series and I thought it would be nice to bring together all the various strands which stem from it. I loved Diddy Kong Racing and the way that it introduced characters who would then go on to have their own series, so I thought it would be nice to create artwork of a hypothetical ‘Diddy Kong Racing 2’ which featured a huge roster of characters – covering all things related to Donkey Kong, Banjo-Kazooie and Conker the Squirrel. I’m then making racer profiles which are inspired by the trophies in Super Smash Bros.
Of course, I want to go further than just those three series though – I want to incorporate the elements of the Super Mario games which are connected to Donkey Kong, characters who from any other franchise who have had significant interactions with characters from any of the series above, other characters created by Rare ltd, characters created by Playtonic Games and other former Rare developers, characters who have crossed over with Yooka-Laylee, characters created by other people who are clearly working to replicate the feel of these series, as well as characters from comic book and TV adaptations of these games. There are probably others who don’t fit within this outline, but this gives a general idea of the scope I am planning for this. I have a list of 275 characters I want to include and it will no doubt get longer! I’m really looking forward to getting them all done and I hope that you will all enjoy it.