Playing With Your Food: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Edition
Well stick a knife in me, take it out and put me in the fridge because I am jelly. The Big N hosted a special get-together of YouTube personalities who all share a love for video games and Nintendo. They had a potluck where each of them brought a Donkey Kong themed dish and their Nintendo 3DS withÂ Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
Jimmy Wong, Meghan Camarena, Andre Meadows, Katie Wilson, Dodger and Luke Conrad all got invited to a potluck, bringing pineapple BBQ dip with plantains, banana curry, strawberry-blueberry salad, brown rce wth pneapple, and frut juce cocktals. Â Sorry for the typos; started drooling and keyboard is going. These lucky gamers were brought together to share their stories and love for the Donkey Kong franchise. They spoke of their favorite game in the serious; for Jimmy it was Donkey Kong Country 2. They shared their love/frustration for the platformer; for Luke it was his love of knowing the (somewhat) secret roll jump.
They talked about level design and their hardships with Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Â all the while laughing and eating a Donkey Kong themed meal. They discussed the green balloon, which saves you from certain death and their opinions on Super Kong, a â€˜guideâ€™ that gets you through difficult times.Â They even brought up an interesting theory of â€˜Kong Credâ€™. At the end of the meal they took 3DS in hand and enjoyed Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. I wanted so badly to join them around the table and partake in their Donkey Kong themed dinner and conversation.
I would like to point out that Nintendo brought these people together. Not â€œgot them togetherâ€ but â€œbrought them togetherâ€, through their mutual love of consoles and games. Nintendo just has a way of fostering friendships!Â Some of my fondest memories are of my friends and I playing Mario Party, getting blisters from that Deep Dea Divers game, playing Smash Bros. Melee until 2:00 AM, and using a colorful vocabulary to express our distaste for blue shells in Mario Kart (only the receiving party complains). The bottom line is that Nintendo is responsible for getting a wide range of gamers together on the same platform.
The guestsâ€™ YouTube channels cover all corners of fandom. Originally, I thought they were all close friends doing similar videos on their YouTube channels (games, games and more games), but Meghanâ€™s channel features Girl VS Boy episodes where she goes up against a guy in random challenges to see which gender is better at this or that. Then thereâ€™s Andre who does everything from comic-con to 80â€™s and 90â€™s rants. I was expecting a centralized theme of video game reviews but they all did their own thing â€“ but what they had in common was a love for video games and all things Nintendo.
At the end of their dinner they “cheers”-ed their 3DSes (oh my gosh how do you spell any of that?!) and enjoyed a gaming session. Nintendo is about community and boy have they built one. I carry my 3DS almost everywhere I go and when that little light in the corner turns on, I get so excited. All in all it seemed like a successful, enjoyable time with friends and video games; something Iâ€™ve come to associate with the Nintendo brand. Have any fond memories yourself? Sound off in the comments below.
Check out the guestsâ€™ channels below:
Jimmy Wong: http://www.youtube.com/jimmy
Meghan Camarena:Â http://www.youtube.com/Strawburry17
Andre Meadows:Â http://www.youtube.com/BlackNerdComedy
Katie Wilson:Â http://www.youtube.com/ihavmnyskills
Luke Conard:Â http://www.youtube.com/lukeconard