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Diddy Kong Racing DS
Diddy Kong Racing DS
February 5, 2007
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Attachment Diddy Kong Racing DS is somewhat infamous for introducing the newly redesigned Tiny Kong, who despite being originally conceived by Rare as Dixie Kong's younger sister, is now depicted as a taller teenager. This design would carry over into future titles such as Donkey Kong Barrel Blast and Mario Super Sluggers.

Contrary to popular belief, as revealed on a December 20, 2007 edition of Rare's Scribes, the decision to redesign Tiny into a teenager was not Rare's call, but Nintendo's, which is appropriate considering Nintendo has retained full ownership of Rare's Donkey Kong characters since the latter company were acquired by Microsoft in 2002 and thus can do whatever they wish with them.

One thing that is worth pointing out, and may provide an explanation to why Nintendo had no qualms with redesigning a character who was meant to be Dixie's younger sibling into a teenager, is that the Japanese localization of Donkey Kong 64 reportedly makes zero mention of Tiny being related to Dixie, instead just being described by the manuals as just a "Charming girl Kong". It's also worth pointing out that every game that has featured Tiny Kong since 2002, such as Mario Super Sluggers, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U has also made zero mention of Tiny's relationship with Dixie Kong, which adds credence to the theory that Nintendo opted to ignore and essentially retcon Rare's initial lore of the two being siblings.
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Rare Scribes on Tiny's redesign:

Japanese wiki article on Tiny (英語版においては【クランキーコング】の親戚かつディクシーコングの妹という設定がある。 = In the English version, she is a relative of Cranky Kong and sister of Dixie Kong.):

Japanese DK64 website that just describes Tiny as "charming girl kong":

Gathering of Tiny's profiles and stats on Mario Wiki, notice how nothing after the western DK64 material mentions her relationship to Dixie:
Attachment Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong replaced Conker and Banjo in the DS remake. This is thought to be due to a legal issue, as both IPs belong to Microsoft after Rare were bought by Microsoft in 2002.

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