The End-Level Barrel as seen in Donkey Kong Country Returns
|First Appearance||Donkey Kong Country Returns|
The End-Level Barrel is an exclusive item in Donkey Kong Country Returns and a brand new style to finishing off levels, rather than simply leaving the stage past an "EXIT" sign in Donkey Kong Country and reaching the Mario-esque flagpoles in Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Country 3.
In the brand new Wii installment of the Donkey Kong Country series, the End-Level Barrel is located at the end of every featured level of Donkey Kong Country Returns. Not only does jumping up as either Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong and busting the barrel open mid-air signify the end of the stage, but it also grants you a certain item which could range from Banana Bunches, Banana Coins, Life Balloons, etc.(there is also a special DK icon which allows you to receive multiples of a single item simple by shaking the Wiimote and Nunchuk, making either DK or Diddy pound on the End-Level Barrel multiple times).
The End-Level Barrel takes on the appearance of an upsized regular Barrel with a slot-machine fixture on it's side depicting the images of each available item within. Get your timing right when jumping up to smash it and you could just earn the special item you were looking for.
In some cases, you are given the option to shake the Wiimote and repeatedly punch the End-Level Barrel in order to get twice or even thrice the singular amount of items you would have received otherwise.