A Golden Banana from Donkey Kong 64
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country animated series - "Raiders of the Lost Banana" (1998)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)|
- “Well, if it isn't my lazy, good-for-nothing son. Lost your Golden Bananas again?”
- —Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong 64
Golden Bananas are large, shiny bananas that first appear in the Donkey Kong Country animated series, and later in their first in-game appearance in Mario Party and more prominently in Donkey Kong 64. They often appear as collectible items.
Donkey Kong Country television series
The Donkey Kong Country animated series features a single Golden Banana of a different type in the episode "Raiders of the Lost Banana". This Golden Banana is found by Donkey Kong in Inka Dinka Doo's Temple, and he decides to give it to Candy Kong as a present. As a result, however, Donkey sets off a curse that befalls anyone nearby the beholder. K. Rool later kidnaps Candy and demands she hand over the banana, but Donkey Kong shows up to rescue her and returns the banana to Inka Dinka Doo. However, Polly Roger then steals the banana back, but now only K. Rool is affected by the curse.
Donkey Kong franchise
Donkey Kong 64
In Donkey Kong 64, Golden Bananas, or Gold Bananas, are the main collectible items. They are also Donkey Kong's supply of bananas that he keeps in his banana hoard. They are imprinted with a Nintendo 64 sticker.
During the opening sequence, King K. Rool orders the Kremlings to steal the Golden Bananas and kidnap the other four Kongs (who are later freed) in an attempt to distract Donkey Kong while they repair the Blast-o-Matic. B. Locker is assigned by K. Rool to block the Kongs from entering the other worlds; however, B. Locker allows them to enter if they have at least a minimum of a certain number of Golden Bananas (the requirement is different for each world).
During their adventure, Donkey Kong and the four other Kongs (Diddy Kong, Tiny Kong, Lanky Kong, and Chunky Kong) must collect Golden Bananas in every world, by completing various tasks and challenges. There are 25 Golden Bananas in every world, five for each Kong to obtain. There are a total of 200 Golden Bananas to collect in the seven worlds and the hub location, DK Isles.
Tiny can obtain a 201st Golden Banana from the Banana Fairy Princess when she and the Kongs have captured every Banana Fairy. This Golden Banana is hidden behind a door, which the Banana Fairy Princess opens if the Kongs have recovered every Banana Fairy. This Golden Banana is different from other ones because of its larger size, and it has the Rareware logo on it. It can also be personally Tiny's 6th Golden Banana obtained in the main DK Isles. All 201 Golden Bananas are required to achieve a 100% completion rating and to unlock the secret ending.
A golden Banana bunch appears as the early HUD icon for the Golden Banana in the kiosk demo; it appears if players win Diddy Kong's Mine Cart mini-game. A single frame of the icon appears in the final game, as the emblem on B. Locker's head.
Despite being the first explicit appearance of Golden Bananas in a game, the manual implies that they were part of the banana hoard previously, potentially referring to the Giant Bananas from Donkey Kong Country.
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Golden Bananas appear in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, where they are found after passing over a Surprise Panel and are worth fifty bananas when collected.
Donkey Kong Country Returns
- “They say there is a banana out there that not only tastes great, but warps you to an alternate dimension. I say, yes please!”
- —Cranky Kong, Donkey Kong Country Returns
In Donkey Kong Country Returns, a single Golden Banana makes an appearance. While leaving Cranky Kong's Shop, Cranky Kong can sometimes ramble about finding a Golden Banana that transports one to another dimension. After accessing the Golden Temple via the Rare Orbs, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong are surprised to see the giant Golden Banana, held by two golden DK-like statues. Peeling its skin and tasting it does indeed transport them to another world.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
The Golden Banana statue reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as DK Jungle appears as a retro course. It now appears in the anti-gravity section of the inner Golden Temple section, and it spins.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
"Gold Bananas" appear as an item in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. It can only be dropped from behind. If the player comes in contact, it causes their kart to spin out, making it difficult to operate for a certain period of time. Triple Gold Bananas are also available.
Mario Party series
A golden banana in clusters makes their game debut in Mario Party as the mysterious treasure that is locked away in the ancient ruins of DK's Jungle Adventure. At the end of the game, during the award ceremony, the winning player's stars form a giant Star which flies to the stone chest at the upper-left part of the board, which reveals the treasure.
Mario Party 4
Mario Party 9
A large, golden Banana Bunch appears in Mario Party 9 in the minigame DK's Banana Bonus, where it moves left and right in the sky off-screen and can be reached by launching into the golden Barrel Cannon. After doing so, the player is launched to a higher area with Banana Bunches and the golden Banana Bunch, which is worth ten bananas.
Donkey Kong Country artwork of a Golden Banana Statue.
Sprites and models
Names in other languages
|French||Banane d'Or||Golden Banana|
|Italian||Banana d'Oro||Gold Banana|
- In an early pitch for the original Donkey Kong Country, an artifact known as the Golden Banana would have driven the plot, after having been stolen from DK by an unused Kremling named Korporal Krizzle.
- Two years prior to the airing of "Raiders of the Lost Banana", issue 13 of the gaming magazine Edge, released in October 1994, featured a Golden Banana statue in a job advertisement for Rare.
- A weapon based on a Golden Banana appears in Donkey Kong Adventure, the expansion pack for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, as the Golden Gyre, a Bwananarang for Donkey Kong.
- Nintendo Official Magazine (UK) issue 86, page 9.
- Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet, page 4. "Hmm... well, I have to hand it to them. This time they’ve managed to come up with a decent storyline that doesn’t involve the usual golden bananas. Only joking kids! This one’s worse than all the previous efforts put together! I know you probably aren’t expecting a best seller, but wait till you hear this load of rubbish..." (Cranky Kong)
- Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet, page 5. "“Don’t get all upset now, your excellency. We’ll go and capture those nasty Kongs for you. Then we’ll steal their Golden Bananas as usual so that if any Kongs escape us, they’ll be too busy looking for them to come and ruin your magnificent plans.”" (Klump)
- Mario Party 9 internal filename (mg9707_banaan_gold)
- Donkey Kong 64 English-Italian manual, pag. 34
|Donkey Kong Barrel Blast|
|Playable characters||Kongs||Donkey Kong (Ultra Barrel) • Diddy Kong • Dixie Kong • Lanky Kong • Tiny Kong • Funky Kong • Wrinkly Kong • Cranky Kong|
|Kremlings||Kritter • Kip • Kass • Klump • Kalypso • Kludge • Kopter • King K. Rool|
|Non-playable character||Candy Kong|
|Cups||Topaz Cup||DK Jungle • Salty Sea • Mt. Dynamite|
|Sapphire Cup||Scorching Canyon • DK Jungle Falls • Shimmering Sea • Mammoth Glacier|
|Diamond Cup||Open Ocean • Mt. Dynamite Remix • Parched Palace • Cranky's Temple|
|Platinum Cup||Dynamite Run • DK Jungle Sunset • Alpine Peak • Temple Heights • Cosmic Highway|