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Heart Boost is an equippable item that adds an extra heart container for the Kongs' health during one level. The item first appears in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and later in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.


The Heart Boost can only be obtained in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

by purchasing it from the Cranky Kong's Shop for ten Banana Coins or three coins in the New Mode of the Nintendo 3DS game version. To be used, the item must first be equipped by the player after picking a level and selecting the Inventory menu. After the Heart Boost is equipped, if the player takes damage, the heart container will still be present and it can be refilled by collecting hearts during the current level. Even if the player loses an extra life when the Heart Boost is equipped, the extra heart container will be kept until the player leaving the current level.

Multiple Heart Boosts can be equipped in the same level by both players during the multiplayer mode of both games, and also during the New Mode of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D in single player. In the multiplayer mode, if Diddy Kong, controlled by the second player, mounts on the Donkey Kong's back, both players can share the extra heart containers created by equipped Heart Boosts. The same item cannot be used in the Time Attack mode and Mirror Mode of both games. The Heart Boost does not affect the durability of mine carts and Rocket Barrels either.

The Heart Boost is also present in the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, possessing the same function as in the previous games, and it can only be purchased from the Funky Kong's Fly 'N' Buy shop for fifteen Banana Coins. The item is also equipped in similar way to the previous games, however only a single Heart Boost can be used per level by each player, in single player or multiplayer mode. The item cannot be used during the Time Attack mode and Hard Mode of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.



  • The Heart Boost is similar to the item Banana Juice, but it does not turns the Kongs golden, and gives only one extra heart container. Also, unlike the Banana Juice, the extra heart container can be refilled after taking damage in the level where it is used.
  • In the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, after entering the Cranky Kong's Shop, Cranky will randomly say some of the following phrases about the Heart Boost:
    • By the player highlighting the item and waiting for the old monkey to say something about it eventually:
      • "Back in the day, I could get through the island without getting hit even once!"
      • "Go ahead and buy it. You need all help you can get, sonny."
      • "You buy one of these, and you can withstand one more hit than usual."
      • "You've got a lot heart... but heart does not equal skill."
      • "You gonna stare all day, or you gonna throw down some coin?"
    • By the player purchasing one unit of the item:
      • "Aww, you're all heart, sonny."
      • "Want me to hold your hand, too?"
      • "OK, sonny, but don't say I didn't ridicule you."
      • "And I thought two hearts was too easy! Now you want a third?" (only in the Wii version)
      • "And I thought you had enough hearts! Now you want another?" (only in the 3DS version)
      • "What, two hearts aren't good enough for you?" (only in the Wii version)
      • "What, the hearts you have aren't good enough for you?" (only in the 3DS version)
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