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DK Coin
Cranky's Video Game Hero Coin
Artwork of Cranky's Video Game Hero Coin from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance DK: Jungle Climber (2007)

DK Coins[1][2][3] (also formatted as DK coins),[4] alternatively named Cranky's Video Game Hero Coins,[5] Cranky Kong's DK Coins,[6] Hero Coins,[7][8][9] DK Hero coins,[10] Donkey Kong Koins,[11] or DK Koins,[12] are collectible items that are golden ring-shaped coins bearing the "DK" emblem. They first appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. DK Coins are generally well-hidden, and their main purpose is to contribute to a game file's completion percentage.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

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

Cranky's Video Game Hero Coin from Donkey Kong Country 2.

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Cranky Kong has hidden the Video Game Hero Coins in each level for Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong to find, particularly a total of 40 Video Game Hero Coins in total. A Video Game Hero Coin symbol appears next to a level's name after Diddy and Dixie have obtained the one in that level. Some of the places where a Video Game Hero Coin is hidden include secret passages, as an end-of-level prize, or even within a Bonus Area, as is the case for Kannon's Klaim. Furthermore, the Bonus Areas within every Lost World level has a Video Game Hero Coin as the end prize instead of a Kremkoin; even completing the final boss level, Krocodile Kore, also found within the Lost World, gives a Video Game Hero Coin. When the game itself is completed, Cranky count up every Video Game Hero Coin collected and will then rank the Kongs based on how many they have obtained.

In the Game Boy Advance version, 28 more Video Game Hero Coins have been added, increasing the grand total to 68 Video Game Hero Coins. 39 of the original 40 Video Game Hero Coins can be obtained through the same means, but not Krocodile Kore, which no longer rewards a Video Game Hero Coin upon completion. The remaining 29 Video Game Hero Coins can be obtained with the following methods: completing all Funky's Flights challenges, for a total of 7 Video Game Hero Coins; winning first place in every Expresso Racing challenge, for a total of 7 Video Game Hero Coins; and filling all fifteen pages in the Scrapbook, for a total of 15 Video Game Hero Coins.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

A DK Coin in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, each level's DK Coin is now embedded within a Koin's shield; this means that to obtain a DK Coin, the Kongs have to defeat the Koin, which can be done by throwing a Steel Keg at a wall behind it, then wait for the barrel to rebound against the wall and hit the Koin. However, some levels do not have a wall to bounce the Steel Barrel off of, and therefore require a different method to defeat the Koin. When a DK Coin has been collected in a level, a yellow pennant will appear on top of the Level Flag for that level on the world map. There are a total of 41 DK Coins, and the only one not guarded by a Koin is the DK Coin awarded for completing Knautilus. Once every DK Coin has been obtained, the Kongs can trade them to Funky at his vehicle rental service to unlock the Gyrocopter.

In the Game Boy Advance version, there are 46 DK Coins instead, as a new world with six new levels has been added to the game. Additionally, the Knautilus fight only gives bear coins in this version.

Donkey Kong Land series[edit]

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

The sprite for Cranky's Video Game Hero Coin in the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong Land 2

In Donkey Kong Land 2, Video Game Hero Coins have a similar role as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, as there are a total of 40 Video Game Hero Coins to be found, with one hidden per level, and one obtained after beating Krocodile Kore.

In the 49th issue of the Australian Nintendo Magazine System, one is described as being "Kranky Kong's[sic] prize,"[13] even though Cranky does not appear in the game.

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

Sprite of a DK Coin from Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong

In Donkey Kong Land III, there are 42 DK Coins hidden in the game. DK Coins are guarded by a Koin in all levels, except in undersea levels, where they are seen floating and spinning as in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2. Additionally, 6 of the 42 DK Coins are obtained by playing cards, a game found in each world's Sheepy Shop. The purpose of DK Coins is to enter the Lost World, after Baron K. Roolenstein is beaten in Tin Can Valley, although every DK Coin and Watch has to be obtained before the second and final battle against Baron K. Roolenstein.

Donkey Kong 64[edit]

Animated sprite of a DK Coin in Donkey Kong 64

Coins reappear in Donkey Kong 64, as collectibles during two of the Training Barrel challenges as well as certain challenges, namely: Stash Snatch, Splish Splash Salvage, Speedy Swing Sortie), all three Mine Cart Rides, the two races against the Mini-Car, the Beetle, and the race against the Seal. In the first three minigames, the player needs to collect a certain number of coins within a limited time. In the Mine Cart Rides, the player needs to collect 50 of them (25 in Creepy Castle's version) before reaching the finish line, and, during every race, they need to collect a certain amount of them as well as win against whoever they are racing. Completing the criteria in any of these challenges will reward the player with a Golden Banana.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

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A DK Coin in DK: Jungle Climber

DK Coins return in DK: Jungle Climber, and their purpose is to unlock some cheats. There is a DK Coin in every level except Cranky's Teachin's. DK Coins retain their appearance from the Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land games.

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New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

In New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, DK Coins, called 1-Up Coins,[14] act as an extra life item due to the game's health system being overhauled from the original game. They can appear out in the open, but also appear (and are collected immediately) after 100 blooms are collected, and if the player is at full health, will appear at the top of the screen and slowly descend when the player collects 200 or any multiple of 500 bananas.

Profiles[edit]

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

  • Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: These huge DK coins are well hidden. One per level.

Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

  • Virtual Console manual bio: These are hidden throughout stages.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クランキーのDKコイン[15]
Kurankī no Dīkē Koin
DKディーケーコイン[16]
Dīkē Koin
1UPコイン[17] (New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat)
1UP Koin
Cranky's DK Coin

DK Coin

One Up Coin

Italian Moneta dell'Eroe dei Videogiochi di Cranky[18]
Moneta di Eroe del Videogioco di Cranky[19]
Moneta Eroe dei Videogiochi[20]
Moneta DK di Cranky Kong[21]
Moneta DK
Cranky's Hero of Videogames Coin
Cranky's Videogame Hero Coin
Hero of Videogames Coin
Cranky Kong's DK Coin
DK Coin
Spanish Moneda DK
DK Coin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! instruction booklet. Page 22.
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #49. Pages 50–53.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #48. Pages 48–51.
  4. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #49. Page 52.
  5. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet. Page 14.
  6. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console electronic manual. Tab 12: "Items".
  7. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 79. Page 17.
  8. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #47. Pages 47–49.
  9. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #46. Pages 46–49.
  10. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #44. Page 23. "WHAT A HERO! Remember the special DK Hero coins you collected in Diddy’s Kong Quest? Well, they’ve been included in the new game too, but now they’re jealously guarded by an armoured Kremling, and you’ll need to figure out how to get rid of him before you can get yourself into Kranky’s Hall of Fame again!"
  11. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #51. Page 16.
  12. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #51. Pages 21 and 23.
  13. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #49. Page 51.
  14. ^ New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat instruction booklet. Page 12. nintendo.com. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  15. ^ Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy instruction booklet. Page 18.
  16. ^ Super Donkey Kong 3: Nazo no Kremis-tō instruction booklet. Page 27.
  17. ^ Wii de Asobu Donkey Kong Jungle Beat instruction booklet. Page 15. nintendo.net. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  18. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, GIG's Italian manual
  19. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 Italian manual, pag. 14
  20. ^ Donkey Kong Country 2, European manual 112
  21. ^ Donkey Kong Land 2 e-manual, pag. 12