Diddy Kong Racing
Rare (formally Ultimate Play the game!) is one of a few studios to be trusted by Nintendo to develop games using their beloved characters.
Diddy Kong Racing was originally intended to be a strategy game before being re-imagined as a racer. In fact, you can still see a lot of the original design ideas in the finished game.
How many other racers can you think of with a Super Mario 64-like adventure mode and Boss Battles?