- "General Klump! I found the perfect gift for everyone! Mine cars!"
- —Donkey Kong in the episode "The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights" from the Donkey Kong Country animated series.
Mine Carts are vehicles that appear in Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong 64, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. They are a basic measure for transportation across the Kremlings' underground mining tunnels in these games. These were replaced by Skull Carts in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, then by Toboggans in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
Donkey Kong Country
Mine carts first appear in Donkey Kong Country in the stages Mine Cart Carnage and Mine Cart Madness. Mine Carts do not stop regardless of controller input, and the only real control the player has over is jumping. As such, the two stages consist of the mine cart charging through a mineshaft in the cart while the player must avoid mine hazards, such as abandoned mine carts or sudden de-railings throughout the stage. Krashes sometimes appear, who are Kritters riding mine carts in the opposite direction of the Kongs'. These stages can be quite risky, and it is highly suggested to time jumps carefully, and avoid to use the mine cart to jump on enemies, harming the heroes at the contact.
Donkey Kong 64
In Donkey Kong 64, they were used for mini-games and other purposes. However, they are only used by Donkey, Diddy and Chunky Kong. Only Donkey and Chunky Kong can jump along with their mine carts due to their massive weight and strength, while Diddy Kong can only jump out of the mine cart and back inside due to his light weight and inability to lift heavy objects.
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Mine Carts only appear in the Scorching Canyon stage in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. They function in a similar way as they did in Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64.
Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
Mine Carts also appear in Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D in the six levels as listed: Crazy Cart, Rickety Rails, Grip 'n' Trip, Bombs Away, Prehistoric Path and Roasting Rails. They act the same way as they did in the previous games, but in Rickety Rails, Grip 'n' Trip and Roasting Rails, the primates may jump out of their vehicles. In the other levels, the primates must sometimes crouch inside the mine cart to avoid obstructions above the tracks. Opposite to Donkey Kong Country, some mine carts can also be used to bounce on non-flamable enemies to collect usually unreachable items and jump over pits. In the multiplayer mode, if both players' Kongs are present, only the first player, Donkey Kong, can control the mine cart. Also, opposite to Donkey Kong Country, at the end of each level track, the mine carts will always derail and drop the Kongs next to the Slot Machine Barrel.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Mine Carts make their most recent appearance in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, working very similar to the previous games, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, except for all mine carts are always ridden by the heroes being inside and jumping along the vehicles. The primates still able to crouch inside the mine carts to avoid obstacles and bounce on non-flamable enemies. Also, in some levels, such as High Tide Ride, the Kongs can now jump between parallel track sections, by holding the left or right directional button before jumping, to avoid pits and obstacles.
- In Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64, mine carts resemble those from the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
|Items (excluding mostly Barrels)|
|General||Animal Crate • Animal Token • (Giant) Banana (Bunch) • Crystal Coconut • Crystal Star • End of Stage Target • Extra Life Balloon • Headphones • Kannon • K-O-N-G Letters • Melon Crate • No Animal Sign • Rope • Stage Flag • Tire • Watermelon|
|Coins||Banana Coin • Bear Coin • Bonus Coin • DK Coin • Kremkoin • Kong Token • Nintendo Coin • Rareware Coin|
|Vehicles||Hot Air Balloon • Gyrocopter • Hover Craft • Mine Cart • Motor Boat • Rocket Barrel • Skull Cart • Toboggan • Turbo Ski|
|Coconut Shooter • Crate • Feather Bow • Grape Shooter • Kannonball • Orange Grenade • Peanut Popgun • Pineapple Launcher • Treasure Chest • Watermelon Bomb|
|Shop||Banana Juice • DK Barrel (DD, DX, CK & FK Barrels) • Extra Life Balloon • Heart Boost • Map Key • Squawks the Parrot|
|Others||Banana Fairy • Banana Medal • Boss Key • Cog • Crest • Golden Banana • Golden Feather • Puzzle Piece • Rare Orb|
|Miscellaneous||Brothers Bear Items (Bowling Ball • Mirror)|