Nintendo Goes Bananas at the L.A. Zoo for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

  Nintendo Goes Bananas at the L.A. Zoo for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

 Fun Activities and Giveaways Planned Around the Release of Nintendo 3DS Game

Business Wire

REDMOND, Wash. -- May 15, 2013

To celebrate the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for Nintendo 3DS on
May 24, Nintendo is partnering with the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens on
Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27) to host an event on the L.A. Zoo grounds. The
four-day event will feature fun activities for all members of the family,
including an interactive experience at the Campo Gorilla Reserve, various demo
stations where attendees can play the Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D game and
coupon giveaways for $5 off the game at participating GameStop retail stores.
For the weekend, the gorilla area will be temporarily renamed the “Donkey Kong
Country Returns 3D at Campo Gorilla Reserve.”

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Logo

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Logo

“Fans will get a chance to spend time with Donkey Kong and some of his friends
from the animal kingdom at the L.A. Zoo this Memorial Day weekend,” said Scott
Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.
“They’ll be able to experience a fun day with Nintendo at the zoo and play
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.”

One of the weekend’s main events, a “Donkey Kong Interactive Experience,”
allows visitors to watch L.A. Zoo staff feed the real-life gorillas from giant
cardboard barrels that are inspired by the barrels featured in the video game.
This friendly, educational activity is a one-of-a-kind experience for families
and a treat for the gorillas. In addition to the feeding, there will be
opportunities for fans to take pictures with the costumed Donkey Kong
character around the zoo.

“Our gorillas have never had a visit from a celebrity of Donkey Kong’s
stature,” said John R. Lewis, director of the Los Angeles Zoo. “All the
planned activities for the weekend fit perfectly in line with the
family-friendly environment of the zoo, as well as bring awareness to the
animals in the gorilla reserve.”

The original Donkey Kong Country Returns game has been rebuilt from the ground
up for ease-of-play on Nintendo 3DS. Players control iconic character Donkey
Kong as he runs, jumps, blasts, rides and pounds his way through a series of
beautiful, challenging, side-scrolling levels. The upcoming game is optimized
for portable play and features a new mode, eight additional levels and
stunning 3D graphics.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90027. The
event will run May 24-27.

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About the Los Angeles Zoo: The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is
located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State
(5) freeways, where it hosts over 1.6 million visitors each year. The Zoo is
home to a diverse collection of 1100 animals, many of which are rare or
endangered. New exhibits includeThe LAIR-Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and
Reptiles, Elephants of Asia and Campo Gorilla Reserve. Admission is $17 for
adults and $12 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. daily. For information, call 323-644-4200 or visit the L. A. Zoo website

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