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Crosshair Cranky is a mini-game mode exclusive to the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country. As its name suggests, Crosshair Cranky is operated by Cranky Kong, though he does not appear in the mode.
Crosshair Cranky has six off-shore stages, each with its objective. The mini-game is inspired by Donkey Kong 64, as the Coconut Gun (originating from said game) is the main feature of the mini-game, and a few mini-games are based on a Bonus Stage from Donkey Kong 64. The objective in almost every stage is to fire coconuts at Kritters (but in the stage, Buddies Beware, he has to fire coconuts to help Animal Buddies cross pathways, or fire at cannons in Galleon Gunner).
Every stage has a yellow-background coconut icon in the center, divided into four sections. The sections are organized from left to right (i.e. the first section is at the top-left corner and the last section is at the bottom-right). A section turns entirely brown for each coconut that Donkey Kong fires (half the icon turns brown for each fired coconut in Buddies Beware). Donkey Kong cannot fire any coconuts after he fires four (or two in Buddies Beware). The player must press to reload the supply (and therefore reset the coconut icon) to allow Donkey Kong to fire more coconuts. The supply cannot be reloaded until every coconut is used.
A mood icon of Donkey Kong is displayed in the bottom-left corner. By default, Donkey Kong's icon is happy. His mood will gradually worsen for each mistake that he makes. An example of a mistake is failing to fire at a Kritter on time. If he makes four mistakes, Donkey Kong loses at the stage. Every stage has a counter set to a specific number, which gradually decreases (usually by numbers of one) if Donkey Kong meets an objective (for example, by shooting a Kritter). When the counter successfully decreases down to zero, Donkey Kong wins at the stage.
Crosshair Cranky is also featured in multiplayer mode. The first player is Donkey Kong and the second player is Diddy with a blue cap. Both players must compete to complete every stage first.
Crosshair Cranky has six stages, all of which take place on small islands on the shore of Donkey Kong Island (except for the final stage Galleon Gunner). Every stage is inaccessible in the main Adventure mode. However, Galleon Gunner can be considered as an exception because it takes place just outside Gangplank Galleon.
Donkey Kong starts on the world map on "Crosshair Cranky" (which is actually Kongo Jungle); the area has Donkey Kong's head icon on it, but it cannot be accessed--it only functions as the world map's starting point. Just like in Adventure mode, the mini-game saves the progress of the stages that were completed by Donkey Kong.
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