Both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's Heart Health display meter in Donkey Kong Country Returns
|First Appearance||Donkey Kong Country Returns|
|Features||Grants either one extra hit to the player or four hits altogether|
Heart Health is a brand new and well-accepted item introduced and exclusive to Donkey Kong Country Returns.
As either a nod to the Nintendo games of old such as Legend of Zelda, which commonly utilize hearts as vitality, or something completely different, the Heart Health is a wonderful addition to this most recent installment of the Donkey Kong Country series.
This item not only adds an extra hit point to both Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong during each stage(something that hasn't existed in any previous Donkey Kong Country installment up to this point), but you're also treated to a grand total of four hitpoints after finding a Buddy Barrel containing Diddy in single-player mode.
As a bonus, you're also able to upgrade the amount of Hearts in your Heart Health meter through Cranky Kong's Shop as you progress through the game.