A couple weeks ago I talked about collecting video game promo items, and whether or not pursuing them is a worthwhile endeavour. Initially, I had thought promo items were cool and all, but not something that I would completely devote my collecting attention to. Sure they look nice on a shelf, but at the end of the day you can’t play them.
But what if some days you can?
Today, Nintendo of Canada set up a promotional event for the new Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and it just so happened to be mere blocks from my house. Me, being a fan of most all things Nintendo, decided to check it out.
Of course, I was enticed by the prospect of some sweet free Donkey Kong promo merch i had heard about, but I also just wanted to try the game out. I don’t have a lot of Wii U games, so I am always excited when a Nintendo franchise releases a new instalment. After waiting in line for ~20 minutes, I played the game and can honestly say it looks great. Amazing graphics, great sound and solid controls, but most importantly it retains that classic side scrolling action I have known and loved since Donkey Kong Country on the SNES. But really, I just wanted that damn Donkey Kong tie!.
Afterwards, polyester tie in hand, I realized that I got the best of both worlds; free collectible promo merch, and a chance to play some sweet sweet video games.
What do you think about Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze? But more importantly, would you rock that sweet tie on a hot date?