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For the pre-alpha and 2001 build of Diddy Kong Pilot, see Diddy Kong Pilot.
Diddy Kong Pilot (2003 build)
Initial title screen for the 2003 build of the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot.
Developer(s) Rareware
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Main Development Staff {{{devteam}}}
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance (canceled), ROM File[1]
Release Date(s) ROM File
November 5, 2011
Genre(s) Racing
Ratings N/A
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer (does not work)
Media(s) ROM File
Input(s) Home Computer Keyboard (ROM)

Diddy Kong Pilot was an airplane racing game for the Game Boy Advance developed by Rareware before its cancelation. The game would be later repurposed as a new game called Banjo-Pilot released for the Game Boy Advance in 2005.

The 2003 build of Diddy Kong Pilot was originally leaked as a ROM file[1] by the defunct Rareware Central webmaster Torrentstorm on November 5, 2011 (see External Links section below). The ROM file can be played via emulation[2].


The 2003 game build has three separate teams with those teams being Team Kong (easy difficulty), Team Kremling (medium difficulty) and Team Cranky (advanced difficulty).

Apparently, the game was very far in development but only has a few bugs including the failure on other language options other than English. Any other language that is not English redirects to German and the only German text found in the game is on the title screen or on the language options. Another bug involves the Secrets section redirecting the player back to the title screen. Another one is, when Team Cranky is unlocked, the least advanced cup (Klaptrap Cup) has a bronze award and onwards until reaching the platinum trophy (the most advanced trophy). A fourth one is no matter which cup it is, Steamy Swoop (the first stage) is still shown to be the first course. A fifth bug is when the Sound option in the options menu is selected, it redirects the player to the initials select part. A sixth is the one where the numbers 22 always show up on the top-left corner of the Options screen.

This game also has a Single player mode which has a Cups option, a Time Trials or even a Cranky's Challenge mode. The options mode has a language select option, a Sound option, Secrets option, a Multiplayer Weapons mode which leads to the cutscene of the most recent dogfight battle defeat (another bug) along with Ghost leading them to a victory photo of a team (depending on the title screen) and the Clear Scores button erases all of the data.


  • K-O-N-G Letters: collectibles later replaced by Jiggies in the game Banjo-Pilot.
  • Banana Coins: items in Cranky's Challenge. Six must be collected while winning against Cranky Kong too.
  • (Triple) Buzz: sent after opponents to attack.
  • Blue Buzz: a homing Buzz missile. Does the same as the regular, but locks onto the target
  • (Triple) Zinger: can be left behind as an obstacle.
  • Rambi the Rhinoceros: allows invincibility.
  • TNT Barrel: allows the player to gain a boost when this item is used.
  • Wrench Barrel: allows the player to temporarily stun all players and make them dizzy.

Race Courses

Klaptrap Kup

Kritter Kup

  • Shore Strife (beach-themed)
  • Jungle Jostle (jungle-themed)
  • Temple Heat (lava-themed)
  • Wild Wilderness (wilderness-themed)

Klump Kup

  • Frosty Feud (ice-themed)
  • Vine Rush (jungle-themed)
  • Speedy Show (lava-themed)
  • Reef Encounter (beach-themed)

K. Rool Kup

  • Lava Dispute (lava-themed)
  • Frantic Beach (beach-themed)
  • Prairie Dash (wilderness-themed)
  • Icy Passage (ice-themed)

Dixie Cup

  • Monkey Rift (jungle-themed)
  • Plateau Patrol (wilderness-themed)
  • Artic Rumble (ice-themed)
  • Ember Trouble (lava-themed)

Diddy Cup

  • Rapid Sands (beach-themed)
  • Simian Field (jungle-themed)
  • Cinder Slam (lava-themed)
  • Savannah Air (wilderness-themed)

Funky Cup

  • Snow Buisness (ice-themed)
  • Gibbons Gate (jungle-themed)
  • Fiery Divide (lava-themed)
  • Monkey Bay (beach-themed)

Donkey Cup

  • Sanctum Shoot (lava-themed)
  • Coastal Chaos (beach-themed)
  • Sunset Shindig (prairie-themed)
  • Tundra Tumble (ice-themed)

Playable Characters

Team Kong

  • Diddy Kong
    • Speed: 3/5
    • Acceleration: 3/5
    • Weight: 2/5
  • Dixie Kong
    • Speed: 3/5
    • Acceleration: 4/5
    • Weight: 2/5
  • Funky Kong
    • Speed: 4/5
    • Acceleration: 2/5
    • Weight: 3/5

Team Kremling

  • Kritter
    • Speed: 3/5
    • Acceleration: 4/5
    • Weight: 2/5
  • Klaptrap
    • Speed: 2/5
    • Acceleration: 5/5
    • Weight: 2/5
  • Klump
    • Speed: 4/5
    • Acceleration: 2/5
    • Weight: 4/5

Team Cranky

  • Cranky Kong (put in four character slots)
    • Speed: 5/5
    • Acceleration: 4/5
    • Weight: 2/5



  • If the game is completed by Cranky Kong, the title screen would change to Cranky Kong Pilot, and by a Kremling, then Kremling Pilot.
  • Also, when the game is completed as Cranky Kong, the options menu has construction girders similar to the original Donkey Kong arcade game.
  • There is a spelling error on when the player loses a dogfight. Instead of saying "YOU LOSE" it says "YOU LOOSE".
  • On the language screen, the "ç" in Français is missing, and the "ñ" in Español is also missing.
  • Selecting Secrets in the Options menu seem to unlock all cups, courses and teams.

External Links