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Golden Balloons are vital to the Diddy Kong Racing games, as they are used to unlock worlds and courses in-game. The player needs to collect a specific amount to unlock each course and world. Three of the Golden Balloons can be found in Timber's Island, allowing the player to access the first world and begin unlocking other courses in the game. Once the player finds these three balloons, the only way to receive more Golden Balloons is through winning races against Taj the Genie. After winning first place in each race, the player will receive the opportunity to race Taj himself.