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In Donkey Kong Country Returns, after beating a level, you unlock Time Attack mode, where you have to beat the level within certain time thresholds to earn gold, silver or bronze medals. Earning gold and silver medas is insanely hard, requiring near-perfection.

Do I get anything by earning all gold medals as opposed to just earning any medal?

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Do ulcers and high blood pressure count? – Chad Birch Nov 26 '10 at 19:51
@Chad lol. What a reply! – Mugen Dec 1 '10 at 18:41
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After completing world 1, Jungle, I went back to find all the puzzle pieces and K•O•N•G letters, and earn a time-attack medal in all the levels. When I found all puzzle pieces and letters in world 1, but before I earned time-attack medals on every level, the hidden 1-K Platform Panic level unlocked/appeared.

This leads me to believe that you don't get anything for earning any time-attack medals.

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Actually, only getting the K-O-N-G letters is required to open up the -K levels. The puzzle pieces (as far as I can tell) just open up items in the galleries. – Kip Feb 14 '11 at 3:06

I don't think there is anything to unlock after you get them. Like Chad said: "Only ulcers and high blood pressure".

Did you know there is a Shiny Gold Medal? You get that if you finish in the fastest time possible! And I thought just getting the plain old gold medal was hard… I even asked a Nintendo Representative and all he told me is "Just keep playing and see for yourself." I hope it has a payoff in the end after all that hard work. And I know you have to be lucky to be able to land a hit on some of the bosses, which makes it hard.

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