Nintendo Files Diddy Kong Trademark in Europe
With E3 right around the corner, a recent trademark filed by Nintendo suggests we're getting a new Diddy Kong game.
According to Destructoid, NeoGAF super sleuth Rosti revealed that Nintendo filed a trademark for "Diddy Kong" in Europe. This could lead towards a corresponding E3 announcement during the House of Mario's Nintendo Direct presentation next week. Many believe that this new game could be Diddy Kong Racing 2 for the Wii U. Monster Games, known for their work on the Wii's Excitebots and the 3DS port of Donkey Kong Country Returns, is believed to be already working on the project (please take this information with a grain of salt). Another rumor claims that Retro Studios, known for their work on the Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country series, is working on Diddy Kong Racing 2 for the Wii U while Monster Games is working on its 3DS counterpart. We're leaning towards this rumor more since Retro hasn't been working on anything since Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launched in 2014 and Monster doesn't seem the likely choice for a Wii U game of that caliber.
The filing of this trademark mentions all kinds of potential merchadise, ranging from the simplistic to the ridiculous. The trademark includes all kinds of would-be products, including shoes, garters (which could just be European vernacular for suspenders, not the lingerie type), toys for pets, toys with IC chips (amiibo figures obviously), belts, headgear and sportswear. We have a feeling not all of these Diddy Kong-related types of merchandise will come to pass, regardless of what games are coming.
Diddy Kong Racing debuted 18 years ago for the Nintendo 64 and was well-received by the masses. Compared to the popular Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing allowed you to race on cars, hovercrafts and airplanes. A remake was released for the Nintendo DS 8 years ago, but we're still hoping for an official sequel.
We've got our fingers crossed, Nintendo.