Artwork of the Gyrocopter from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
|Game(s)||Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (for SNES/GBA)
The Gyrocopter is a key vehicle introduced in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. It also appears in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's. The Gyrocopter is a type of helicopter Funky Kong lends to the Kongs once they have collected each DK Coin in the game. It's body seems to be made out of Barrel parts.
The Gyrocopter's first canonical appearance was technically Donkey Kong Country 2, though in its GBA remake. Here, it was the main way of traveling to the worlds of Crocodile Isle quicker and faster, without having to defeat a boss to get to the map screen. It also served as the vehicle in Funky's Flights II's mini-games. In the mini-games, it is revealed that the Gyrocopter can drop bombs, shoot bullets, and has a grappling hook to hold onto various items exclusive to the mini-games, though had limited fuel.
The Gyrocopter's next canonical appearance was in Funky's Rentals from Donkey Kong Country 3. It was the only rentable vehicle that could fly and did not rely solely on the water. The vehicle flew over all terrain, and because of this it can be used to find secret areas normally unreachable via boat, such as Banana Bird Caves on faraway cliffs. However, it has a hefty price tag: all of the DK Coins in the game (forty coins in the SNES version and forty-six coins in the GBA version) must be collected and presented to Funky Kong in order to get it.