Animal crate

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Animal crate
Rattly Crate
An animal crate containing Rattly the Rattlesnake
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)

An animal crate,[1][2] also called a goodie crate,[3] is a crate that contains an Animal Friend. Animal crates first appear in Donkey Kong Country and have since recurred throughout the Donkey Kong franchise. The contained Animal Friend is identifiable from its depicted silhouette on the animal crate. The Kongs can usually break one open by jumping on it, therefore freeing the Animal Friend, and ride on it until the end of a level.

Animal crates have a similar counterpart, the Animal Barrel. Instead of freeing an Animal Friend, these barrels transform the Kongs into the one depicted on it. Animal crates are usually placed in areas where an Animal Friend comes in useful. For example, freeing Enguarde from his crate makes underwater levels easier for the Kongs because Enguarde can defeat most underwater enemies. Similarly, Animal Barrels are usually placed where the Kongs are required to their pictured Animal Friend, for instance Rattly in Rattle Battle, because of his high jumping ability.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country, all five Animal Friends had their own animal crate, including Squawks. Animal crates made a second appearance in Donkey Kong Land, where they retained their functionality. The game only has two Animal Friends, both of whom have their own crate: Rambi and Expresso. In the original Donkey Kong Country, after the Kongs open an animal crate, it lies on the ground unfolded. It disappears after they move a distance away with the Animal Friend and return. In the sequels, the crate immediately vanishes after the Animal Friend is freed. Another difference is that a short jingle plays when the animal crate opens instead of a realistic sound effect like in the first title. The Game Boy Advance remakes of all three games reused the crate-opening sound effect from the original Donkey Kong Country.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, crates were changed slightly. Their sprites were aligned slightly differently. The Animal Friends' icons from the first Donkey Kong Country were also redesigned on the crates. Animal Barrels also appeared in the sequels, meaning that a level may either have the Kongs ride an Animal Friend or transform into one.

Animal crates function like Animal Barrels in the Game Boy Color remake of Donkey Kong Country, except the Squawks Crate, which is the only animal crate to function identically as in the original version, since the Kongs cannot ride Squawks.

Rambi Crates are the only variant in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, because he is the only mountable Animal Friend of the game. Donkey Kong can open these crates either by Ground Pounding from atop or by rolling into it. In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Rambi the Rhinoceros Boxes,[4] as they are called, appear smaller than in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and cannot be opened by rolling into them.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Two animal crate variants appear in Donkey Kong 64: the Rambi Crate (also called Rambi Transformation Box[5]) and the Enguarde Box (also called Enguarde Transformation Box[5]), which are usable by only Donkey Kong and Lanky Kong respectively. These crates function similarly to Animal Barrels, since when DK and Lanky hop into their crate, they transform into their respective Animal Friend temporarily.

Types[edit]

Name Animal Friend Games
Ellie's Animal Crate in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Ellie Crate
Ellie Donkey Kong Country 3
Enguarde Box in Donkey Kong Country.Enguarde Box
Enguarde Box[6]
Enguarde Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong Country 3
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Expresso Crate in Donkey Kong Country
Expresso Crate
Expresso Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Land
Parry's Animal Crate in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Parry Crate
Parry Donkey Kong Country 3
Rambi Crate in Donkey Kong Country.Rambi Crate in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Rambi Crate[7][8]
Rambi Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Land
Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong 64
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Rattly Crate in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Rattly Crate
Rattly Donkey Kong Country 2
Squawks Crate in Donkey Kong Country.Squawks Crate in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Squawks Crate
Squawks Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong Country 3
Squitter Crate in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Squitter Crate[9]
Squitter Donkey Kong Country 2
Donkey Kong Country 3
Winky Crate in Donkey Kong Country.
Winky Crate
Winky Donkey Kong Country

Profiles[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "If you jump on it, the animal friend shown on the crate will be released."

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Animal crate.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アニマルコンテナ[10]
Animaru Kontena
Animal Container

Italian Cesta con sopra il simbolo di un animale[12]
Cesta con animali[13]
Cassa animale[14]
Gabbia[15]
Cassa di animale[16][17]
Cassa con l'icona di Rambi[18][19]
Basket with the animal symbol on it
Basket with animals
Animal crate
Cage
Animal crate
Crate with Rambi's icon
Spanish (NOA) Animal Box[11]
Animal Box

References[edit]

  1. ^ November 1994. Nintendo Magazine System (UK) #26, Special. Page 26.
  2. ^ Nintendo (1995). Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 16.
  3. ^ Munson, Terry and Paul Shinoda (1996). Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 15.
  4. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier (February 21, 2014). Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games. ISBN 978-0-804-16252-4. Page 22.
  5. ^ a b Bogenn, Tim, and Ken Schmidt. Donkey Kong 64 Official Strategy Guide. Inside cover page.
  6. ^ Lockhart, Ryan (1999). Donkey Kong 64 Official Perfect Guide. Versus Books (American English). Page 58.
  7. ^ Knight, Michael (November 21, 2010). Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. ISBN 978-0-307-47102-4. Page 34, 70.
  8. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier (February 21, 2014). Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-804-16252-4. Page 64, 106, 240.
  9. ^ Munson, Terry and Paul Shinoda (1996). Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 97.
  10. ^ Nintendo (1995). Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 19.
  11. ^ Club Nintendo (Chile) La Jungla de Donkey Kong: Edición Especial. Page 45.
  12. ^ Donkey Kong Country Italian booklet. Page 24.
  13. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, GIG's Italian manual
  14. ^ Nintendo (2004). Donkey Kong Country 2 instruction booklet. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 113.
  15. ^ Donkey Kong Land Italian booklet, pag. 12
  16. ^ Nintendo (2000). Donkey Kong Country (GBC) instruction booklet. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 113.
  17. ^ Nintendo (2003). Donkey Kong Country (GBA) instruction booklet. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 107.
  18. ^ Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Italian e-manual, section 10
  19. ^ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Italian e-manual, section 15