Mine Cart Carnage

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Mine Cart Carnage
Mine Cart Carnage SNES.png
Level code 2-2
World Monkey Mines
Game Donkey Kong Country
Music track Mine Cart Madness
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Mine Cart Carnage is the seventh level in Donkey Kong Country and the second level of Monkey Mines. It is the first of two Mine Cart levels, and the other one is Mine Cart Madness.


Mine Cart Carnage takes place in a mine shaft where Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must ride a Mine Cart across a series of rail segments. The segments are divided by gaps, which the Kongs must jump over, and some of the longer jumps allow them to collect Life Balloons along the way. The Kongs must jump over many tipped Mine Carts along the tracks throughout (the original Japanese release removes some of the tipped over Mine Carts). During the second half of the level, the Kongs encounter many Krashes, including one just before the level exit.


The Kongs begin the level on a solid ledge with a DK Barrel and a Blast Barrel on it. The Blast Barrel can blast the primates over an abyss and onto a mine cart, which immediately begins to pull them through a trail of bananas and down a hill to a few more bananas floating in the air. After dropping off of the edge of the track and landing on a separate track, they are lead up a hill towards a pit with the letter K hovering above it. A large hill with another small pit at the end of it follows here, with a separate track after it that the primates must jump to so they do not fall. Three more pits separating a trio of solid platforms are ahead. Once the Kongs cross them all, they ride down a steep hill and approach two more pits. They find themselves on a higher platform each time they cross one of the abysses. After they cross the pits, they ride downwards and encounter another pit that is followed by the letter O and a large hill. As the cart wheels the heroes down this hill, they come past a small pit with a Banana Bunch in it. They then ride up a smaller hill, where another abyss is present. Another hill follows the pit, but a large piece of it is broken off. A small section of the track is left between the two broken parts of it, and it holds an Enguarde Token. After passing this broken piece of the track with the smaller track in the center of it, the primates ride down a straight, bumpy railway with another track hanging above it. The level's Continue Barrel and a DK Barrel can be found here.

Mine Cart Carnage
Diddy Kong jumps over a Krash

Once the Kongs pass the Continue Barrel, they ride up a hill and reach a small pit with a broken mine cart at the beginning of it. Another broken cart can be found on the bottom of a curved track on the opposite side of the abyss. The large gap is located in the track ahead of here, but a slanted part of the track is also within the gap. The Kongs can use this piece of the track to progress safely to another broken mine cart that they must dodge. Immediately after jumping over it, their mine cart rolls them down a hill towards a small pit with another broken cart next to it. A second pit can be found just ahead of here after the letter N with an additional broken cart in front of it. If the heroes manage to pass over this pit, they make their way onto a straight, bumpy track with a Krash rolling down it. A separate piece of a track hangs above this with some bananas on it. An abyss is located ahead, and two tracks are after it. The top track is small and does not hold a Life Balloon, unlike the lower track. After passing this area, the primates ride up a hill with a Krash on it and then encounter another small pit with an additional hill after it. As they ride along the curvy track ahead of them, a few more Krashes get in their way, until they reach the end of the track.

Another piece of a track is located below it that can catch the Kongs. A pit follows this area with a Krash found immediately after it. Once they pass the foe, they head up a small hill and ride towards the letter G, placed just before a small pit that it followed by a few others. After the duo jumps over the final abyss, they ride down a curved path with a broken part of the track ahead of it. A slanted piece of a track floats between the broken sides of the main track, and the primates can use it to cross. After they make their way over the abyss, they immediately reach another that is followed by a hill with a Krash traveling along it. A large, broken part of the track can be found near here with two smaller, slanted piece of a track within it. They can use the track pieces to progress over the abyss and towards a hill slanted in a downward position. A few Krashes ride up it. The primates travel towards four small pits after reaching the bottom of the hill. Broken mine carts lay before the last three of the pits. After crossing the last of the obstacles, the heroes reach a sign that indicates that the level is near complete. After riding along the remaining part of the curvy track, one final Krash approaches them. Afterwards, they pass an exit sign and enter a tunnel that leads out of the level.


Sprite Name Amount
A Krash in Donkey Kong Country. Krash 9

Items and collectables[edit]

Sprite Name Number
The sprite of a Banana from the Donkey Kong Country trilogy on Super Nintendo. Banana 86
Sprite of a DK Barrel in Donkey Kong Country. DK Barrel 2
An animal token of Enguarde in Donkey Kong Country Enguarde Token 1
Location: After the letter O, the Kongs must jump over a gap while ascending the rails; just before they descend, the Kongs must jump to the Enguarde Token above a slanted rail.
A Life Balloon in Donkey Kong Country. Life Balloon 1
Location: After the first Krash, the Kongs must make an early jump to the next platform to land on the bottom one with the Life Balloon.

K-O-N-G Letters[edit]

Image Location
Mine Cart Carnage Hovering over the first gap between the rails.
The O in Mine Cart Carnage from Donkey Kong Country After the letter K, the Kongs must ride the Mine Cart across some rail segments. Right after going down second hill, which has a gap in it, the Kongs can jump to the letter O above.
Mine Cart Carnage The letter N is on the edge of a small platform before encountering the first Krash in the level.
The G in Mine Cart Carnage from Donkey Kong Country The letter G is shortly after the fifth Krash.


Image Name Location
Sprite of a photograph from both Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country on Game Boy Advance.
Photograph (Game Boy Advance version only)
The photograph is above the hidden Warp Barrel. It shows a group picture Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong riding in a Mine Cart, in the ninth page of the scrapbook.

Warp Barrel[edit]

Sprite Name Location
Sprite of a Warp Barrel in Donkey Kong Country for the Game Boy Advance. Warp Barrel At the start of the level, the Kongs must jump over the Blast Barrel and fall to the left, against the wall, to land into a hidden Warp Barrel. It sends them to the last Krash in the level, right before the exit. The Warp Barrel does not appear in the Game Boy Color remake.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マインカートコースター
Mainkāto kōsutā
Mine Cart Coaster
French Carnage du Chariot Minier Mine Cart Carnage
German Loren-Crash Mine Cart Crash
Italian Rotaie Rapide Rapid Rails
Spanish Estragos en la Mina Havoc in the Mine


  • On March 18, 2013, Nintendo uploaded an image to Facebook which asks others if they are reminded of Mine Cart Carnage whenever they see a mine in a video game. Inconsistently, the Mine Cart artwork from Donkey Kong Country Returns is shown at the bottom-right of the image.[2]