Nintendo Goes Bananas at Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

Nintendo reveals the fabulous secrets behind their Banana Mania Contest.

A little over a month ago, Nintendo of Canada held a special contest: Guess the correct number of bananas frozen (likely by Snowmads) in a block of ice, and win a Wii U Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze prize pack, along with a trip for four to Whistler Blackcomb. How cool is that?

After a bout of silence, Nintendo of Canada has unpeeled and revealed the secret number of bananas contained in the icy container promoting the newest release in the Donkey Kong Country series: 4,835. Thanks to an accurate estimate, “one lucky winner from Medicine Hat, AB was awarded the grand prize that includes a four-day adventure trip for four to Whistler Blackcomb, a Wii U Deluxe Set system, a copy of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a Wii Remote Plus controller, and Nunchuk controller, which was valued at $9,740.”

But our friend from Alberta wasn’t the only one who walked away a winner at the close of the contest: Nintendo of Canada (with a little help from DK himself, who used his monkey muscle to move the monumental mass of frozen fruit) went on to donate all of the bananas to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, “a non-profit organization that provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and North Vancouver.”


“Nintendo of Canada was pleased to share this experience with the thousands of Donkey Kong fans who celebrated this latest game launch with us,” said Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager, Ron Bertram, in a press release. “We are just as bananas as our fans about Donkey Kong and look forward to swinging, swimming, leaping and barrel-blasting through Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze!”

For those interested in how events unfolded, Nintendo of Canada has provided the following timeline of Facebook videos, along with a little jungle hijinx and a behind-the-scenes look:

Going Bananas Over Donkey Kong

Nintendo of Canada launched the Banana Mania Contest on its Facebook page in early February, posting an image of a mysterious crate discovered in the Canadian wilderness. Over the course of five days, Nintendo of Canada teased fans with a series of daily videos and images, which inspired fans to guess what it contained. On February 7, a reveal video featuring television personality Ajay Fry and Donkey Kong revealed that the much-speculated crate contained an ice block full of bananas. Canadians then had two weeks to guess the number of bananas for a chance to win the Donkey Kong grand prize pack.

 Although the contest has closed, Donkey Kong fans can still see the whole story unfold on Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook page and YouTube:

–          Day 1: A Discovery in Whistler, BC (video clip – Facebook)

–          Day 2: Bigger than we thought (photo – Facebook)

–          Day 3: Mysterious Markings (video clip – Facebook)

–          Day 4: Off to a facility for a closer look (photo – Facebook)

–          Day 5: Going inside to investigate (video clip – Facebook)

–          Day 6: The Big Reveal (video – YouTube)

–          Donkey Kong Collecting Bananas (video – Facebook)

–          Behind-the-Scenes of Banana Mania (video – YouTube)

In addition, you can find some photos from the event below. As for the game in question, you can find my review here.


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