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Jinjo

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“Yippee, you saved me! Gruntilda has imprisoned five of us Jinjos on each world, free us all to get a Jiggy!”
Jinjo, Banjo-Kazooie

Jinjos are small creatures that appear in every Banjo-Kazooie game. They have a long snout and are featured in a variety of colors. In most of their appearances, there are a few Jinjos found in each world, located in certain areas. In these games, whenever Banjo and Kazooie are near a Jinjo, it whistles and calls for their help. The duo can rescue a Jinjo by touching it. If Banjo and Kazooie rescue every Jinjo in a world, they receive a Jiggy.

Game appearances[edit]

Banjo-Kazooie[edit]

In Banjo-Kazooie, which is their debut appearance, Jinjos are featured in five colors — blue, green, orange, purple, and yellow — and there is one of each in every world. In Mumbo's Mountain, when Banjo and Kazooie collect their first Jinjo, it tells the duo that Gruntilda placed them in each world. When the duo rescue all five Jinjos in a world, they are rewarded a Jiggy, or an Extra Life if those Jinjos were rescued beforehand. Whenever Banjo and Kazooie leave a world, the Jinjos return to their original locations, but if they have not collected all five Jinjos, they are required to start over once they re-enter the world. In the Xbox Live Arcade version, like other collectible items, Jinjos remain collected, even if Banjo and Kazooie leave and re-enter a world.

In the final battle against Gruntilda, Jinjos appear in the fourth phase to help the duo. They are the only way to destroy a magical barrier that Grunty has created around herself, but doing so requires the duo to shoot eggs into each of the four Jinjo statues, causing a Jinjo to emerge from each one. Each Jinjo then attacks Grunty's shield, weakening it and eventually destroying her broomstick. During the fifth phase, a large Jinjo statue named The Mighty Jinjonator appear in the middle of the arena. After emerging from its statue, the Mighty Jinjonator repeatedly attacks Gruntilda and defeats her.

Banjo-Tooie[edit]

King Jingaling, along with many other Jinjos, in Banjo-Tooie.

In Banjo-Tooie, Jinjos were given a larger role. They live in Jinjo Village, and each color variant has their own family. They are ruled by a large, sovereign Jinjo named King Jingaling. The game also introduces an evil counterpart, Minjos, who disguise themselves as Jinjos and try and attack Banjo when he gets nearby.

At the start of the game, when the Hag 1 drills its way path back to Cauldron Keep, it drilled through Jinjo Village, scaring away all of the Jinjos. When Banjo and Kazooie meet King Jingaling, he begs them to return the Jinjos in time for the upcoming kickball tournament. The color variants are not specific to one area, and their location is decided randomly every time the player starts a new game file. When Banjo and Kazooie rescue every Jinjo of a certain color, that family gives them their heirloom, a Jiggy, to the duo. When Banjo and Kazooie rescue a Jinjo, it returns to its family home in Jinjo Village.

Once Kazooie learns the Hatch ability, she can hatch the yellow egg inside of Heggy's Egg Shed. By doing so, Heggy tells her that a Jinjo is now an available character for the Breegull Blaster shootout matches in Multiplayer. In this mode, Jinjo is the smallest and fastest character, but also the most vulnerable, having only four units of health.

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge[edit]

In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, when Mecha-Grunty goes into the past, she scares off all the Jinjos, leaving the Jinjo Oracle by herself. She relies on the Jinjos for gossip because she cannot move around due to being a statue. Like Banjo-Kazooie, every world has five Jinjos, although each world features Jinjos of a different color. When Banjo and Kazooie collect five Jinjos in a world, the Jinjo Oracle rewards them with a Jiggy.

Banjo-Pilot[edit]

In Banjo-Pilot, a purple Jinjo is a playable character, and is simply named "Jinjo". It is one of the four starter characters. Jinjo has very low top speed but high acceleration and handling.

There is an unlockable Jinjo GP mode, where the player's racer must race against seven Jinjos, each of a random color. The mode can be unlocked after completing the Broomstick Cup of Grunty GP and paying 500 Cheato Pages to Cheato.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts[edit]

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, Jinjos have a different role than in previous Banjo-Kazooie titles. Instead of collecting Jinjos, Banjo must find them and complete a challenge on their behalf, which varies from going over a set speed to making them roll a certain distance. Completing a Jinjo's challenge earns him a Jinjo Token, which can be used in Showdown Town for King Jingaling's Bingo Palace.

In Showdown Town, there are six Jinjos locked up in cages. Banjo must free them with a Wrench Switch and take them to their homes. After freeing a Jinjo, Banjo must carry a Minjo and imprison it in place of the Jinjo.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Jinjos reappear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a part of Banjo and Kazooie's Final Smash. Similar to their role during the final boss battle in Banjo-Kazooie, four Jinjos and the Mighty Jinjonator continuously attack any opponent caught in the attack before the Jinjonator deals the final blow.

Variants[edit]

Jinjos come in a variety of colors. In Banjo-Tooie, it is shown that each color variant is part of a family, and they live together in Jinjo Village.

Color Game appearances Description
Black Banjo-Tooie Black Jinjos make their first and only appearance in Banjo-Tooie. They have nine members, making them the largest family of Jinjo Village.
Blue Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge,
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Blue Jinjos, unlike other Jinjos, have orange bellies (although it was changed to light blue in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts). In Banjo-Kazooie, they are one of the five types of Jinjos found in each world. The Mighty Jinjonator shares a speech icon with Blue Jinjos.

In Banjo-Tooie, there are seven blue Jinjos, and their home is located behind King Jingaling's Throne Room.

In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, blue Jinjos are found at Freezing Furnace.

Brown Banjo-Tooie Brown Jinjos only appear in Banjo-Tooie, in which they have a family of four.
Grey Banjo-Tooie (mentioned),
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge
The Grey Jinjos were only mentioned in Banjo-Tooie, as one of the ten Jinjo families from Jinjo Village. At the start of the game, the Hag 1 destroyed their house on its way back to Cauldron Keep, killing every Grey Jinjo inside, on its route back to Cauldron Keep. Although they are absent from Banjo-Tooie, Grey Jinjos later make an actual appearance in Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, and are found at Spiller's Harbor.
Green Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge,
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Green Jinjos first appear in Banjo-Kazooie as one of the five colored Jinjos to collect in every world. They are light green and have a white chest. In Banjo-Tooie, there is a family of five Green Jinjos, which are a lighter shade of green and. In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, the green Jinjos are found at Bad Magic Bayou.
Orange Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge
Orange Jinjos are among the five Jinjos to be found in every world from Banjo-Kazooie. In Banjo-Tooie, there is only a family of two. In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Orange Jinjos are found at Cliff Farm.
Purple Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Banjo-Pilot,
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Purple Jinjos make their debut in the original Banjo-Kazooie as one of the five Jinjos needed to be collected in each world. Despite their name, Purple Jinjos look more pink than purple. Banjo is shown holding a Jinjo on the cover art for the game.

In Banjo-Tooie, Purple Jinjos have the second largest family, having a total of eight members.

In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Purple Jinjos are native to Spiral Mountain.

In Banjo-Pilot, a Purple Jinjo is one of the playable characters.

In Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, the Purple Jinjos are among the Jinjos that can be found in certain worlds and with a unique challenge for Banjo.

Red Banjo-Tooie The Red Jinjos only appear in Banjo-Tooie as one of the ten Jinjo families. There are six members in their family, and their house was slightly damaged from the Hag 1.
White Banjo-Tooie There is only one white Jinjo in Banjo-Tooie, making it the smallest family in the game.
Yellow Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie,
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge,
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Yellow Jinjos are one of the five collectible Jinjos in every world of Banjo-Kazooie. In Banjo-Tooie, there is a family of three Yellow Jinjos. In their debut appearance, Yellow Jinjos had a darker belly, which became a brighter color in subsequent games. In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Yellow Jinjos appear in Breegull Beach.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Banjo-Pilot[edit]

  • Top Speed: 1/5
  • Acceleration: 4/5
  • Handling: 5/5

Gallery[edit]

Main article: Jinjo/gallery

Trivia[edit]

  • In artwork and icons for the first game, Jinjos are depicted as having somewhat-prominent eyebrows, which are absent in materials related to later games, including the icons in the game's own enhanced port.
  • Their name is based on a nickname that Grant Kirkhope used to call artist Ed Bryan during development of Banjo-Kazooie.[1]

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