While I think Playtonic should focus on Project Ukelele as their hands are gonna be full with it, I feel like this should be suggested because of the potential for the shared universe Playtonic has in mind.
Never heard of either of these games? If you're not a huge Rare fan like I am, I wouldn't be surprised. I'll fill all you folk in who may not have heard of either of these titles.
During Nintendo's Spaceworld 2001 event, a trailer was shown for an all new game coming to the Gamecube. You may have even seen screenshots of this game on the back of the box of your Gamecube. Donkey Kong Racing was a game that looked to be inspired by Diddy Kong Racing, but set more in the Donkey Kong Country universe. The main pull of the game was that you could ride the Animal Buddies from those games. Rhinos, Ostriches, Swordfish and the like! Concept art shows we may have even been able to ride karts, too! All kinds of familiar faces like Kiddy, Lanky, and Taj were to be included.
If you've never seen the trailer, you can watch it If you're curious about any other details, check out the , and Nintendo Life's article Where former Rare veteren Lee Musgrave calls the game "a cute version of Grand Theft Auto set in Africa."
Now, once Microsoft purchased Rare this game's fate went into question. It wasn't too long after that we found out Rare was going to retool the game without the Donkey Kong license, and make it more of an adventure game. The game was to now feature Sabreman of "Ultimate Play the Game" fame, and from what leaked of the game it looked pretty great! Unfortunately, The Sabreman team had to help get Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero ported to the 360. This eventually led to the game being pushed back and ultimately cancelled.
You can check out some gameplay footage , view the or read on the game for more information.
Now what does all this have to do with Playtonic's current strategy? The moment I found out Playtonic was interested in creating a shared universe for their games, I was instantly reminded of how that was done in Diddy Kong Racing. What better way than to introduce a whole slew of wonderful characters to us than in a kart racing game. Rare even toyed with the idea of racers long after DKR and Sabreman were cancelled through (which also never happened.
So I'm willing to guess Rare was wanting to bring us a racing game for a long time. Not to mention there hasn't really been a game that tried to do what Diddy Kong Racing did. Nintendo and Sega have tried to do things similar to the Diddy Kong formula, but it not really the same. I also believe that taking inspiration from these two cancelled titles would bring closure to fans in the way that Project Ukelele will do for fans who wanted Banjo-Threeie.
What do you guys think? Would making a game in the spirit of these racers be a great idea for Playtonic's next project?