Oil Drum

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Oil Drum
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An Oil Drum from Donkey Kong Country.
First Appearance Donkey Kong (1981)
Latest Appearance Mario Party 10 (2015)
Notable Members
Dumb Drum

Oil Drums[1], also known as Oil Cans[2], are cylindrical metal drums filled with oil that have the ability to produce Fire creatures or other monsters from themselves. They have appeared throughout the Donkey Kong franchise as recurring, indefatigable obstacles.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong series[edit]

Donkey Kong[edit]

An Oil Drum spawning a Fire enemy.

Oil Drums first appeared in the Donkey Kong arcade game. Here they are found in several levels and are quite harmless themselves. However when a blue barrel ends up being burned up inside them, they will produce Fire which can harm Mario.

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

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An Oil Drum next to a "3" number in the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Country.

Oil Drums later appear in Donkey Kong Country. In this game, Oil Drums have two attack patterns. They either expel flames, which can injure Donkey or Diddy, or they will expel enemies (most commonly Slippas). In the level "Oil Drum Alley" Donkey and Diddy must jump from one floating Oil Drum to the next (while they are not spurting fire of course) in order to reach the level's end. Oil Drums that release enemies have a skull and crossbones displayed on it. The ones that release flames have the words "OIL" displayed on them. While any barrel can take out the skull Oil Drums, only TNT Barrels can take out the ones that release fire. There's also an Oil Drum boss named Dumb Drum.

Donkey Kong Land[edit]

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Oil Drums also appear in Donkey Kong Land. There is no real difference between the Oil Drums of Donkey Kong Country and the ones of Donkey Kong Land.

Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land II, a tipped over Oil Drum can be seen in the background of Klubba's Kiosk.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

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Traditional Oil Drums are not in Mario vs. Donkey Kong; however, the Oil enemy from the Game Boy Donkey Kong reappears, redesigned with a drum covering its lower half.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

An Oil Drum from Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2.

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Oil Drums work the same as in the original Donkey Kong, where if Donkey Kong throws a barrel and it lands in an Oil Drum it will create a Fire enemy. They only appear in the final battle against Donkey Kong.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

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In DK: Jungle Climber, there are barrels that resemble Oil Drums called Oil Barrels. However, instead of being obstacles they are a collectible item.

Mario Party 10[edit]

A single oil drum makes an appearance as a decorative feature in Mario Party 10. One can see it next to a Dice Block Space, located at the right side of the Donkey Kong Board. The oil drum does nothing but stay there and ignite itself, as other oil drums did in the original Donkey Kong Country. Being miniatural just like the other elements of the board, the oil drum does not actually combust fire; instead, it works out small things resembling flames through some mechanism.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

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In Super Mario Odyssey, Oil Drums are found in an 8-bit segment in the Metro Kingdom, using their appearance from Donkey Kong.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "These factories do not adhere to strict safety codes, and are full of burning oil drums, faulty lighting and perilous platforms." - Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, pg. 20
  2. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis object graphics filename (data\anim\oilcan_anim.bin)
  3. ^ Nintendo (September 13, 2017). Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Direct 9.13.2017. YouTube. Retrieved September 14, 2017.