|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES) (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA) (2005)|
|Effect||Currency of the Northern Kremisphere|
- “To help me train, it will cost you two of those stupid silver coins, the ones with the freaky bears' heads on.”
- —Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Bear coins (also spelled Bear Koins) are silver coins with an imprint of a bear. They appear in both Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III as the currency of the Northern Kremisphere, and are the successor to the Banana Coins from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Dixie and Kiddy use bear coins to buy various items at some of the Brothers Bear cabins, most notably Bazaar's General Store, and to play at Swanky's Sideshow, which costs two bear coins to play each time. Bear coins appear in every level, often in hidden or higher areas. Some bear coins are invisible until the Kongs collect them. If either Dixie and Kiddy exit from a Bonus Level or restart the level, the bear coins return where they originally appeared. The Kongs can only carry up to 99 bear coins. If the Kongs defeat a boss in subsequent rematches, they win bear coins instead of a Bonus Coin. Whenever the player saves the game, the total number of bear coins is also saved.
In the Game Boy Advance version, Swanky Kong charges two bear coins whenever Dixie plays the Swanky's Dash minigame, just like with Swanky's Sideshow. At Cranky's Dojo, it costs one bear coin to play Cranky Kong's minigame at first, but subsequent plays cost two bear coins.
Donkey Kong Land III
In Donkey Kong Land III, bear coins are used at the Sheepy Shop to buy a Bear's services or to play the cards game. Besides this, bear coins otherwise have the same purpose as in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Names in other languages
- Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #51, pages 21 and 24.
- Donkey Kong Land III Spanish-Italian manual, pag. 46