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"Redneck Kong"
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"Redneck Kong" (at the left) between Cranky and Donkey Kong, as seen in an earlier build of the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot for GBA.
Alias(es) "Hillbilly Kong"

Family Kong Family
Species Kong
Gender Male

Game(s) Diddy Kong Pilot (removed)
First Appearance N/A
Latest Appearance N/A

The character dubbed "Redneck Kong", also known as "Hillbilly Kong", was an unnamed Kong who was set to appear as a playable racer in the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot for Game Boy Advance.


"Redneck Kong" kept nameless until 2010, when a Rare's anonymous employee revealed his name.[1] Not much is known about this hillbilly[2] Kong in farmer clothing, except for the fact that he was supposed to be a playable character. "Redneck Kong" seems to be replaced by Candy Kong on the character select screen, as seen in later screenshots of the canceled game, implying that he was removed and replaced in later stages of development. His data is completely removed in the leaked game builds (except for the unedited character selection highlight), as selecting him (selecting as Dixie Kong because the character selection is swapped) would cause corrupted sprites (play as Diddy Kong instead) to replace him.[3]

According to the Rareware website's Scribes section, "Redneck Kong" has "been killed off now anyway".[4]



  1. "The "hillbilly" was known as Redneck Kong, and was a very short-lived idea from the designer of the project. Sometime during that time the screenshot...was obviously captured! The tilt pack idea was dropped, and...they showed the game to Nintendo who didn't want it; reasons given included "there is no point in flying up and down on flat levels". Some employees thought Nintendo was just being prejudiced against the company, as it was around the time of the Microsoft buyout."
    Diddy Kong Pilot's Hillbilly Kong name revealed! on DK Vine
  2. Yokel on Wikipedia
  3. Diddy Kong Pilot on The Cutting Room Floor
  4. "4. Oh, let's see... Since Diddy Kong Pilot is scheduled to come out by year's end, maybe the release is close enough to merit a response to this... who's the hillbilly Kong from the character select screen? Can we at least have a name?
    4) Don't worry about it - he's been killed off now anyway.
    September 3, 2001 edition of Scribes on Rareware (saved on Wayback Machine)