According to Donkey Kong Country director Gregg Mayles in a discussion with Jirard Khalil (a.k.a. The Completionist), Cranky's infamous line "I did this using one life! And I took less than an hour!" during the credits was the last remnant of a scrapped mode where the player would be able to play as Cranky Kong, who would be much slower and in general perform poorly in comparison to Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong.
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