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In the Banana Fairies' debut appearance in Donkey Kong 64, the fairies are scared off by the Kremlings. Once Tiny Kong meets their princess, she and all of the other Kongs are given a special camera and film to help recollect the scattered fairies. When a fairy is taken in a picture, it returns back to Banana Fairy Island, and increases certain item limits such as Crystal Coconuts. Once all of them are collected, Tiny is given a special Golden Banana with a Rare Ltd. logo on it. Two fairies are found in every level of the game, except DK Isles which has four.
After a long absence from the Donkey Kong series, the fairies return in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. They are items that appear in red balloons, and they fly around the user for a short time. During this time, the fairy will attract Bananas to them, making the Banana Fairy a type of Banana magnet. It can also attract Item Balloons, but they cannot attract Golden Bananas. If they are used by a Kong, their effect will last a little longer.
Banana Fairy locations