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Krunch the Kremling
Full Name Krunch

Residence(s) Formerly: Crocodile Isle
Now: A newly constructed Crocodile Island
Species Kremling
Sub-Species Kritter
Gender Male
Affiliates Kamikaze K. Rool
Kremling Krew
Powers/Abilities Fast speed when racing, but extremely slow acceleration.
Enemies Wizpig
Game(s) Diddy Kong Racing
Diddy Kong Pilot (cancelled)
Diddy Kong Racing DS
First Appearance Diddy Kong Racing
Voice Actor/Actress Chris Sutherland (1997-2002)

Krunch the Kremling is a Kritter-like playable character in Diddy Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Racing DS and member of the Kremling Krew and he is also surprisingly a friend of Diddy Kong.


Diddy Kong Racing[]

Krunch's first appearance is in the game Diddy Kong Racing. Here Krunch is sent by King K. Rool to investigate why Diddy Kong and several of his friends are at Timber's Island and to see if they are hatching some sort of anti-Kremling plot. Instead of antagonizing Diddy and his friends, Krunch ends up aiding them in their battle against the evil alien hog, Wizpig. Krunch has the worst acceleration and handling in the game, but has a very high top speed, making him the 3rd fastest racer.

Diddy Kong Racing DS[]

Krunch finally makes a reappearance in Diddy Kong Racing DS; he seems to have somewhat of a bullying attitude in this game. Krunch is left relatively unchanged from the Nintendo 64 version, but his changes are a small boost in his turning and acceleration. In the Nintendo DS version, Krunch has a twin relative in the first scene.



  • Interestingly enough, the Kritters of Donkey Kong 64 wear the same skull-and-crossbones leather jacket as Krunch did in Diddy Kong Racing. This led some people to believe that one of the Kritters in Donkey Kong 64 was Krunch. The skull-and-crossbones, due to graphical limitations, disappears in the DS version.
  • Strangely, Krunch speaks in a hissing-like noise in the first cut-scene of Diddy Kong Racing DS. He says to his twin, "Where are thosssssssse Kongssssssss going? I will follow!" When selected, however, Krunch never makes any hissing noises.
  • Krunch is one of the few Kremlings to become affiliated with the Kongs, the other being K. Lumsy.
  • Arguably, Krunch has the highest learning curve in Diddy Kong Racing. It's easy to label him as a bad character, but with intimate knowledge of the tracks and mechanics, Krunch can beat and/or obliterate developer times. While a few nasty flaws (like his rotten acceleration) prevent him from being at the top of the proverbial tier list, it would be wise not to underestimate this Kremling. (The previous statement applies to the N64 version, as the engine change and removal of the 'brake-drift' left Krunch at a disadvantage.)
Diddy Kong Racing (DS) Characters
Playable Characters
Diddy KongKrunch the KremlingDrumstick the RoosterBumper the BadgerBanjo (N64 only) • Conker the Squirrel (N64 only) • Tiptup the TurtleT.T.Pipsy the MouseTimber the TigerTiny Kong (DS only) • Dixie Kong (DS only) • Taj the Genie (DS only) • Wizpig (DS only)
Tricky the TriceratopsBluey the WalrusBubbler the OctopusSmokey the DragonWizpig