Extra Life Balloons are collectible and quite useful items in the Donkey Kong Country series. When a Kong gets one, they will get up to three extra lives, depending on the color of the balloon, from most to least common:
- Red balloons are worth one life
- Green are worth two extra lives
- Blue balloons, the rarest, will give the player three.
The face on the balloon varies per game (see gallery below). In Donkey Kong Country Returns, they do not have a face. In the first two Donkey Kong Land games, they had the same balloon designs as their Donkey Kong Country counterparts. Oddly, Donkey Kong Land III features Diddy's face on the balloons, although he doesn't appear in the game. The Donkey Kong Land series only features the red variety of balloons, due to lack of color.
|Items (not barrels)|
|General||Animal Crate • Animal Token • Banana (Bunch) • Crate • End of Level Target • Extra Life Balloon • Golden Feather • Kannon • Kannonball • K-O-N-G Letters • Mine Cart • No Animal Sign • Skull Cart • Tire • Toboggan • Treasure Chest|
|Coins||Banana Coin • Bear Coin • Bonus Barrel • DK Coin • Kremkoin • Kong Token • Nintendo Coin • Rareware Coin|
|Others||Banana Medal • Cog • Crest|
|Micellaneous||Brothers Bear items|