Item Containers, or simply containers, form a wide range of objects found in Donkey Kong Country Returns, 3D and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. They contain various items and are found in the immediate background. The Kongs cannot directly interact with Item Containers, but if the player presses the ground pound button in front of one, it either opens up, breaks, or withers (depending on the nature of the container) and yields the item inside. Item Containers become unfunctional after they are emptied.
The appearance, nature, and even names of specific kinds of Item Containers differ depending on the environment. They all function the same nevertheless. Containers are not to be confused with regular barrels or Buddy Barrels, since the latter two do not contain items. Item Containers, as they are described in this article, form a different gameplay concept.
Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
In Donkey Kong Country Returns and its enhanced port, many sorts of containers are scattered on Donkey Kong Island. They usually variate from world to world. Below is a list of every type of container included in the game, each accompanied by a physical description.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Containers in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze are even more diverse than the ones in the predecessor, despite many not being conventional to specific islands. Since Returns lacked underwater stages, Tropical Freeze marks the first time in the series when submerged containers can be found. Upon getting pounded, some item containers spew multiple bananas arranged to form a certain shape, and the players have an amount of time allotted to collect them all until the fruit vanish, 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: