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I'm wondering if the goal barrel will even let this happen in hard mode. I've been through roughly four worlds in hard and, even though I trigger the multiplier most of the time (by jumping into the barrel when the DK logo is in view), I don't think I've once gotten a balloon/life multiplier out of it.
When I was playing through in normal I got the balloon bonus a fair handful of times. Am I just getting unlucky now or this an attribute of hard mode?
Well I now have hard mode nearly completed with six worlds finished, and am still not running into the multiple balloon bonus. Seems pretty likely at this point that the game doesn't give it out on this difficulty.