Time Attack is a mode in which the player can earn one of four medals by finishing it in the fastest time possible. This mode is accessible when any stage has been completed at least once The stage is always started with only Donkey Kong, even if players have Diddy Kong with them. When the Tutorial Pig finishes the countdown and waves the green flag, the timer and stage will officially start. If the Kongs reach the end of the stage and hit the Slot Machine Barrel with a checkered flag on it, then the Tutorial Pig will wave it to stop the timer. Then, the player's total time is recorded and a bronze, silver, gold, or shiny gold medal is awarded, depending on how fast the player did in the stage. Shiny gold medals require an even faster time than normal gold medals, and their required time is not shown in the game.
Players don't lose lives in Time Attack mode. However, the timer does not reset if players are taken out by enemies, obstacles, or an abyss.
Time Attack mode does not affect the game clear percentage, nor unlocks anything in Extras; as a result, this game mode is completely optional.