Satoru Iwata Holding Bananas
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Iwata Holding Bananas refers to a pre-recorded clip of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata staring intently at a banana bunch that was screened during Nintendo's 2012 E3 press conference. The random placement of Iwata silently looking at the bananas struck a chord with the E3 audiences and many viewers on the web, triggering a series of photoshopped images, parodies and remix videos on various gaming forums and imageboards.
On June 5th, 2012, Nintendo held a press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), officially unveiling the Wii U's tablet controller GamePad and launch titles including the New Super Mario Bros and Nintendo Land, a theme-park party game made of 12 minigames based on multiple franchise characters. The conference event was immediately followed by Nintendo's preview reel of upcoming releases, which opened with a gag clip of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata staring at a bunch of bananas in silence.
Later that afternoon, the indie video game blog Destructoid featured the banana clip in a post titled "Bananas Win E3." a thread titled "Iwata Banana" was posted on the international gaming community GBA Temp forums, which included a screenshot of Iwata staring at the bunch of bananas. Soon, the usual photoshop threads based on Iwata's banana video followed on Giant Bomb, Neo GAF forums and the /r/gaming subreddit.
On June 6th, the gaming blog Lazy Gamer highlighted an edited video of Iwata staring at Nintendo America's president Reggie Fils-Aimes, who acknowledged his quote My Body is Ready during the pre-conference event earlier that week. As of 10:30pm, approximately 20 derivative videos based on Iwata's banana have been uploaded to YouTube.
Later that day, gaming news blogs Kotaku and Lazy Gamer wrote about the parodies of the clip and heralded it as an internet meme.
 Giant Bomb – Iwata Bananas Dad Chasers Photoshop Thread
 Destructoid – Bananas win E3
 GBATemp – Iwata Banana
 Neo GAF – Iwata holding bananas
 Kotaku – Nintendo Proves There’s Nothing as Bananas as Holding…Bananas
 Lazy Gamer – E3 2012 the Best Memes So Far
 Neo GAF – Nintendo E3 2012 Conference Thread
 Washington Post – E3 2012: Nintendo details Wii U, focuses on third-party games
 DeviantART – Consider… the banana
 YouTube – Search Results for Iwata AND banana
 Reddit – And thus Sauro Iwata created a meme
 Quickmeme – Nintendo Banana
Jun 07, 2012 at 01:36AM EDT
Jun 07, 2012 at 09:07PM EDT
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