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Donkey and Cranky Kong approaching a Plump Yellow Fruit, a kind of item container

Item containers[1], or simply containers[2], are objects in the Donkey Kong Country series. They generally yield an item if the Kongs perform a Ground Pound or an equivalent action in front of one. Containers can have bananas, Banana Coins, Red Balloons, or Puzzle Pieces inside them.

The appearance, nature, and even names of specific kinds of item containers differ between environments, but they all mostly function the same. Item containers, as they are presented in the games' official game guides, form a different gameplay concept from barrels and DK Barrels.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D[edit]

Donkey Kong crouches before two Ruins containers in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
The Kongs enter a shrine with Ack statues in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

In Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, many kinds of containers are scattered on Donkey Kong Island, usually varying from world to world. Below is a list of every type of container included in the game, each accompanied by a physical description.

  • Pods[3] – also called yellow gourds[4] or just gourds[5], these are plants whose flowers resemble swollen gourds, as their name implies. Common gourds are small and completely colored yellow. They oftenly surround relatives of bigger size, called large gourds[6], which display red spots and are pigmented with a brighter tint of yellow. Once their terrain is pounded, gourds gradually wilt by splurging their fluid, along with a precious item. Yellow gourds are preponderant in places with high vegetal living, with the Jungle and Forest being the most propitious places for them.
  • Treasure chests[7][8] – objects which contain bananas, Banana Coins and more items the Kongs can interact with. They are only found in the second world of the game, the Beach; additionally, they are also present in Gushin' Geysers, a level exclusive to the enhanced port.
  • Cacti[9][10] – two distinct species of cacti, as suggested by the Prima guide, appear in the game, each being characteristic to either the Cave or the Cliff areas. Cave cacti resemble swollen spores, with their bulbed stems being olive and showing brown spots. They have orifices on their top, from which bubble clusters continuously come out until the plant gets wilt by the character's shocks. Cliff cacti look more like actual cacti, each being short, green, and globular.
  • Pumpkin 'n' firecracker – a very round object resembling a squash fruit, supported by a few sticks. It has a firecracker tucked within, which can be launched if the Kongs pound the ground in front of the squash. Shortly after letting it loose, the firecracker detonates, spreading a firework and leaving an item. Only one of its kind can be encountered in the first level of the Forest world.
  • Ruins/Key Temple containers[11] – brown amphorae that lie on spiraled supports. They form the only kind of container in hidden temple levels, as well as the main kind in the Ruins world. After their terrain gets pounded, they fall off the supports and break on the floor. They are amongst the most common types of containers in the game.
  • Factory containers[12] – objects that resemble upside down water dispensers, supported by metal frames. Upon receiving the pounding shock, the water bottles rise up in the air and blow up, leaving out the item inside.
  • Volcano containers[13] – metal flasks, whose contents boil on some burning material. If the ground they stand on is pounded, their lids open up and reveal items. They are only found in the Volcano world.
  • Ack statues – stone sculptures, modeled after Toothberries or Acks. They are supported by plinths and most of them can be collapsed and destroyed just like the other containers of the game, uncovering items. Worth to be noted is that some Ack statues hide actual Acks and Toothberries, which quickly free themselves out of the sculptures upon the Kongs' arrival, without their intervention. Ack statues guard inside the ancient building where Itty Bitty Biters, the fifth level of the Ruins world, takes place.
The Kongs jump over a few gourds
Two gourds and a large gourd
Donkey and Diddy Kong soar over a Ruins container.
Ruins container
The Kongs, facing a Cave path
Cave cactus
Donkey and Diddy Kong approach a pumpkin in a Forest area.
Pumpkin 'n' firecracker
Various containers from Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Cliff cactus
Various containers from Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Factory container
Various containers from Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Volcano container
Various containers from Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)
Ack statue
Various containers from Donkey Kong Country Returns (3D)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Rambi opens up a Wooden Canister with Metal Lid.

Containers in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and its Nintendo Switch port are even more diverse than the ones in the predecessor, with the game introducing underwater containers that can be opened up with a corkscrew. Some item containers spew multiple bananas arranged in a certain shape, which players have an amount of time allotted to collect in order to earn a more valuable item such as a Banana Bunch, a Banana Coin, or even a Puzzle Piece. Containers, in general, include:

  • Plump Yellow Fruit[1] – the previously-called "large gourds" from Donkey Kong Country Returns, Plump Yellow Fruit are the most common item containers in the game, found in many of the game's worlds.
  • Wooden Canisters with Metal Lids[1] – cylindrical vases appearing in the earlier levels of Autumn Heights.
  • Purple Fungi[1] – spacey violet mushrooms with white spots. They consist of three differently-sized lobes stacked on each other. They are only found in the caves of Autumn Heights.
  • Giant clams[1] – pink bivalve mollusks and the first item containers to be encountered underwater. Swiping past one with a corkscrew move causes them to open up their mantle, revealing items.
Donkey and Diddy Kong, jumping over a basket of fish
  • Dilapidated Barrels[1]barrels that open up like chests. They produce items once opened.
  • Baskets of fish[14] – containers that store fish similar the ones utilized by Archies and Chum Chucker Charlies as weapons. Shaking one with a Ground Pound causes it to collapse, revealing items.
  • Flower Bulbs[1] – large purple flowers coiled in vines. They can only be encountered in Juicy Jungle.
  • Treasure Chests[1] – containers that return from the past game, but in rarer instances. They now appear to contain jewelry and gold instead of being completely empty. A hidden treasure chest, for example, guards a secret Puzzle Piece on a cliff in Shoal Atoll, a level of Sea Breeze Cove. Frozen treasure chests are present in Seashore War, a stage of Donkey Kong Island set in the island's Beach world.
  • Fruit Boxes[1] – crates containing fruit. They require three ground pound actions to break, revealing an item.
  • Stack of logs[1] – logs usually stacked in threes that hide items, such as bananas and Banana Bunches, or block something from view.
  • Purple Glass Vases[1] – ornamental objects found only in hidden temple stages. They fall off their stands when their terrain is pounded, shattering on the ground and revealing items.
  • Rambi the Rhinoceros Boxes[1] – also known as Rambi Crates, these objects contain a rideable Rambi in the stages Mountain Mania, Frantic Fields, and Meltdown Mayhem.
A Plump Yellow Fruit in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Plump Yellow Fruit
A Wooden Canister with Metal Lid in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Wooden Canister with Metal Lid
A Purple Fungus in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Purple Fungus
A Giant Clam in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Giant clam
A Dilapidated Barrel in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Dilapidated Barrel
Various containers in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Flower Bulb
Various containers in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Treasure Chest
Various containers in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Purple Glass Vase

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

In WarioWare: Get It Together!, a large gourd appears as a background element in level 2 of the Donkey Kong Country Returns microgame.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 22.
  2. ^ "Shake the controller to make Donkey Kong pound the ground. This can stun nearby enemies, or you can pound objects such as gourds or containers to smash them." Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 14.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 261, page 51.
  4. ^ "When you find a trio of yellow gourds, pound the ground in front of them." Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 30.
  5. ^ "Pound a gourd in the bottom right corner to find another Puzzle Piece. You can also get a couple Coins and a Heart on this platform, so knock out enemies and pound other gourds to rack up the goodies." Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 86.
  6. ^ "Pound the second one with a large gourd, and you will get a Puzzle Piece for your effort." Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 93.
  7. ^ "After passing by the checkpoint, pound the ground by a treasure chest to find another Puzzle Piece." Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 44.
  8. ^ "Open the treasure chest for a Coin." Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 50.
  9. ^ "Don’t hit the end barrel right away. Instead, go past it and pound the cactus to get the last Puzzle Piece" (Instructions for collecting a Puzzle Piece in a Cave level) Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 81.
  10. ^ "When you reach the end barrel, pound the cactus to the right first to get the last Puzzle Piece." (Instructions for collecting a Puzzle Piece in a Cliff level.) Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 107.
  11. ^ "Pound the container here and get the second Puzzle Piece." (Instructions for collecting a Puzzle Piece in a temple level) Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 154.
  12. ^ "On a platform between two sets of mallets, stun the Pyrobot Mk I and then pound on the container to get another Puzzle Piece." (Instructions on getting a Puzzle Piece in a Factory stage) Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 135.
  13. ^ "Pound the container and then pick up the Puzzle Piece that pops out." (Instructions on picking up a Puzzle Piece in the Volcano world) Knight, Michael. Donkey Kong Country Returns Prima Official Game Guide. Page 146.
  14. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 231. Walkthrough section "Stage 6-5: Forest Folly".