Donkey Kong Country animated series
A single Golden Banana appears in the Donkey Kong Country animated series, during the episode "Raiders of the Lost Banana", the debuting of the character Inka Dinka Doo. After Donkey and Diddy Kong take the stolen Crystal Coconut back from Polly Roger the parrot in the temple of Inka Dinka Doo, a trapdoor lands them in a room. Noticing the Golden Banana on a pedestal, DK realizes it could be a perfect gift for Candy Kong. In removing the banana, he angers the sleeping Inka Dinka Doo. The Kongs flee as idol roars and traps are sprung.
At the Cranky's Cabin, Cranky chides them for disturbing the Inka Dinka Doo and, upon notice, taking the banana. In song, Cranky insists that DK immediately returns the Golden Banana, for bad luck will plague everyone on Kongo Bongo Island until its return. Unbeknownst to the three Kongs, General Klump, fired along with Polly Roger by King K. Rool, overhears the exchange and reports to K. Rool, who orders Klump to acquire the banana.
Donkey Kong foolishly ends up giving Candy the Golden Banana when he and Diddy encounter her. The banana's curse causes chaos at the factory, along with causing Bluster Kong's barrelcopter to malfunction and crash into Cranky's cabin. Candy refuses to believe Cranky and Donkey's warnings that the Golden Banana is cursed as well as to relinquish it. Klump and a group of Kritters catch her on her own and take her before King K. Rool, who demands the banana. When Candy refuses, K. Rool orders her to be put in the dungeon. Luckily, Donkey Kong, informed of Candy's kidnapping by Polly, arrives to Candy's rescue and they escape the Kremlings' hideout.
Afterwards, Donkey and Diddy return the Golden Banana to Inka Dinka and apologize for taking it in the first place, appeasing the idol. The Kongs' relief is short-lived as Polly betrays them and steals the banana, enraging Inka Dinka Doo once again. With it certain that Polly brought the Golden Banana to King K. Rool, DK and Diddy return to Cranky. Luckily, Cranky reveals that any individual with unscrupulous intentions for the Golden Banana will receive even worse misfortune. They then hear an explosion from K. Rool's hideout, clearly caused by the curse of the Golden Banana.
It is unknown what became of the Golden Banana, as K. Rool no longer has it in his possession and the curse is now inactive. It is possible it was returned to Inka Dinka Doo and hidden within the temple to prevent future thefts.
Donkey Kong 64
In the game Donkey Kong 64, Golden Bananas appear as the main objectives to collect and have a Nintendo 64 logo on them. They are needed to get B. Locker, the character who blocks the entrances to new levels, to move out of the way. There are 25 Golden Bananas in the DK Island and also in every level, except Hideout Helm. Each Kong can only collect 5 each per area. Making there a total of 200 bananas in the entire game.
The minimum amount of Golden Bananas required for accessing each level in Donkey Kong 64 are as follows:
- Jungle Japes: 1 Golden Banana
- Angry Aztec: 5 Golden Bananas
- Frantic Factory: 15 Golden Bananas
- Gloomy Galleon: 30 Golden Bananas
- Fungi Forest: 50 Golden Bananas
- Crystal Caves: 65 Golden Bananas
- Creepy Castle: 80 Golden Bananas
- Hideout Helm: 100 Golden Bananas
However, when the player collects all 20 Banana Fairies and returns to the Banana Fairy Queen inside her island, she will unlock a door that allows the player to retrieve the 201st Golden Banana. This secret Golden Banana has a Rareware logo on it, instead of a Nintendo 64 logo. This must be done with Tiny Kong's Mini Monkey ability (but there is a glitch where the player can do this with Chunky Kong as well ). By collecting all 201 Golden Bananas in Donkey Kong 64, the player can watch a secret ending cutscene for the game after completing it.
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
In the racing game Donkey Kong Barrel Blast, regular bananas and golden bananas appear as items on courses for the racers to collect. Golden bananas are worth fifty regular bananas.
Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
In the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, after the player collecting the eight Rare Orbs to open a sealed door to the Golden Temple and going through it, a cutscene will show Donkey and/or Diddy Kong walking inside and reaching to a chamber with an altar at the center, surrounded by trees. Over the altar, next to two golden statues similar to Donkey Kong, a floating Golden Banana will be found by the heroes. The Kongs will quickly peel the banana, revealing some intense light inside, and eat it. The primates will soon be teleported away. After that, the player will be able to access the Golden Temple level in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and the Cloud world in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
- In the game Donkey Kong 64, it is possible to have up to 280 Golden Bananas, either using the Banana Duping glitch that allows the player to have infinite Bananas, or using the Copy Banana glitch for a Max% playthrough type.