- This article is about Diddy Kong's appearance in Super Smash Bros. 4. For the character in other contexts, see Diddy Kong.
Diddy Kong (ディディーコング, Didī Kongu) will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. He was confirmed on February 21st, 2014 to correspond with the international release date of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. He is voiced by Katsumi Suzuki. Suzuki's voice clips from Super Smash Bros. Brawl are being reused for this game, so Diddy Kong retains his realistic chimpanzee screeches.
Diddy Kong is the reoccurring sidekick and rumored nephew of DK in the Donkey Kong series. He has gone on to make a few of his own roles as primary protagonist such as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Diddy Kong Racing. He is currently the only playable character in Smash Bros. not to have been created in Japan.
Confirmed changes from Brawl
Diddy Kong has been shown to have undergone unprecedented buffs, given he was a high tier character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Because Diddy Kong has not been playable in any released demo, any other changes - including potential nerfs - have yet to be seen.
- Diddy Kong's more elastic limbs stretch out farther in his attacks, which will give an apparent significant increase in the reach of his attacks.
- Peanut Popgun's explosion from overcharging will now have a very powerful hitbox.
- Rocketbarrel Boost is now able to move at more horizontal trajectories.
- Diddy's Up smash now forms in a fist.
Like Donkey Kong and Fox, Diddy has more stylized fur than he did in Brawl. His proportions have been tweaked to match his more recent appearances in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. For example, Diddy's head is smaller in proportion to his body. However, his arsenal of weaponry (namely his Peanut Popgun and Rocketbarrels) are not from these recent installments and remain aesthetically unchanged. Like other veterans, Diddy Kong's pigments are more prominent than they were in Brawl, with the visual sharpness of his red attire and brown fur increased. This coincidentally makes Diddy Kong similar to his appearance in Donkey Kong 64. Diddy's general expressiveness has also been exaggerated, like Donkey Kong. Many of his animations are now accompanied with look of distraught surprise.
Unfortunately, Diddy Kong has not been playable at any accessible demos thus far. Therefore most of his moveset and any possible changes remain unseen. However, several returning moves can be verified.
- Neutral attack - Diddy Kong swats his hand twice, turns to quickly kick his foot, and proceeds to repeatedly hit with his tail.
- Dash attack - Diddy Kong performs a cartwheel as done in Donkey Kong Country.
- Forward tilt - Diddy Kong leans to the side and flings both of his arms forward. This attack's reach has been extended.
- Forward smash - Diddy Kong spins, slapping forward twice. The first hit has no knockback.
- Up smash - Diddy Kong hops briefly and performs a stationary cartwheel. The attack's vertical reach is greater and his hands now form a punch.
- Forward aerial - Diddy Kong kicks both feet forward.
- Back aerial - Diddy Kong thrusts his leg backward and spins it behind him.
- Down aerial - Diddy Kong thrusts both arms in a downward punch.
Grabs and throws
- Down throw - Diddy Kong throws the opponent downward and hops over them, as if playing leapfrog.
In Super Smash Bros. 4, special moves can be swapped out for different variants, but Diddy's have yet to be seen. Diddy Kong retains all of his original special moves. These are Diddy's special moves:
- Neutral special - Peanut Popgun: Diddy Kong shoots a peanut from his Popgun. The longer Diddy charges the attack, the farther and quicker the peanut will fly. If Diddy overcharges the attack, however, it will cause a very powerful explosion.
- Side special - Monkey Flip: Diddy Kong performs a sideways hop that has the potential to launch Diddy onto an opponent's face if timed correctly.
- Up special - Rocketbarrel Boost: Diddy Kong charges his rocketbarrels from Donkey Kong 64 in a powerful attack. It's potential as a horizontal recovery move has been improved.
- Down special - Banana Peel: Diddy Kong tosses a banana peel into the air to have it fall onto the ground. Opponents who touch the peel will slip and trip.
- Tosses his cap in the air and has it land on his head. It is his victory pose from Donkey Kong Country.
- Claps his hands above his head four times, switching feet in the process.
- Standard - Red: Diddy Kong wears his iconic red "Nintendo" cap, a red vest with yellow stars, and has brown fur.
- Yellow: Diddy Kong wears a white cap, a yellow vest with red stars, and has dark brown fur. It is based on the second player in the Contest Mode of Donkey Kong Country.
- Diddy Kong's confirmation was the first time a character was revealed for an international release of a game as opposed to just the Japanese release.
- Little Mac was announced on the Japanese release date for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
- Ike, Lucario, Peach, Charizard, King Dedede, and Diddy Kong were the only returning characters confirmed before E3 2014 to not be playable in any demo version of Super Smash Bros. 4.
- The elastic quality of Diddy Kong's limbs is similar to another Donkey Kong character, Lanky Kong.