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This article is about the mini-game in Donkey Kong Land III. For the category of printables on the Play Nintendo website, see List of Play Nintendo cards.
Not to be confused with Card.
The cards game played in the Sheepy Shop from Donkey Kong Land III.
Appears in Donkey Kong Land III
Time limit 54 seconds
Cost First try: Free
Subsequent tries: Five bear coins
Prize Banana Bunch
Extra Life Balloon
Bear coin
Watch (one per world)
DK Coin (one per world)

Cards is a mini-game hosted by Bears in their Sheepy Shops in Donkey Kong Land III. Its gameplay is based entirely on the card game concentration.


The cards game from Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong finished
A finished board of cards, in the Game Boy Color port.

Dixie or Kiddy can play cards for free the first time, but must otherwise pay five bear coins. The Kongs are also required to have a specific number of Bonus Coins to play cards, although they do not pay them to the Bear. This requirement changes for each world.

The objective is to match ten pairs within a time limit. The timer progressively counts down faster in each following challenge. There are twenty cards in the game, which divides down to ten pairs in total: an Extra Life Balloon, a Banana Bunch, a bear coin, a DK Coin, Dixie, Kiddy, Squawks, Ellie, Squitter, and Enguarde.

The Bear hands out prizes to the Kongs after they complete cards. The value of the prizes are based on their performance, and include: a bear coin, a Banana Bunch, an Extra Life Balloon, and a Watch if they match every pair. The Kongs receive a DK Coin if they win at a world's cards challenge. Watches and DK Coins are only handed out once per each location. The Bear also calculates the number of seconds it took for them to complete it.

Cards can be played as a bonus mini-game from the title screen. To do so, the player must enter Up, Up, Down, Left, Right and press START to start playing cards. Its gameplay is unchanged from in Sheepy Shop, and the player is redirected to the title screen after finishing it.

Dixie or Kiddy can optionally attempt to beat card under 31 seconds; if done so, the Bear, out of surprise, supplies the Kongs with an additional five bear coins (resulting in six altogether). He also mentions the cheat code for accessing cards from the title screen if they have completed it in under 31 seconds. Completing it below this time was originally a requirement to reach 103% completion. However, when a save file is loaded, it checks for the completion record but does nothing with the data.[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トランプ


  1. ^ TCRF. Donkey Kong Land III § Sheepy Shop Card Game Record. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved August 25, 2018.