I recently played through Donkey Kong 64 and am almost done it. I only have three golden bananas left to get—stupid “Beaver Bother”! I know that I can go and do the final battle with K.Rool without the remaining gold bananas, but I have read that there is a different ending if you finish the game with 100%.
Unfortunately, I have also read that if you finish “Hideout Helm” before getting everything, then the banana coins become ghosted and can no longer be gotten, so I am worried that it would happen with gold bananas as well, resulting in my having to replay the whole thing to get the alternate ending instead of just grabbing the last three bananas and re-doing the ending. This seems plausible because once you beat a boss (or get a gold banana, or pretty much any other goal in the game), it automatically saves the status, making it impossible to redo that goal in the main game.
Does anyone know if my concern is correct or can I see both endings without having to replay the whole thing again?
(Obviously if I were playing on an emulator, I can just load a previous state, but that doesn’t work on the actual console. I can also just watch it on YouTube, but I would prefer to do it on the console.)