Extra Life Balloons are items found in the Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land trilogies. In each DKC game, they appear in three diffferent colors: red, green, and blue. A red balloon is worth one life, a green balloon is worth two, and a blue balloon is worth three. The red balloons are the most common, with the green and blue balloons being much more scarce.
- The balloons have the faces of the titular character of that game on them (excluding Diddy as his face is on the balloons in Donkey Kong Land III.
- Kiddy is the only playable Kong who doesn't have his face on an Extra Life Balloon, due to the above reason.
- Three Extra Life Balloons from Donkey Kong Country can be seen in Swanky's Bonus Bonanza, one of each color.