I Learned Something Today: Banjo-Kazooie

The world can be a dangerous place full of witches, ogres, metal sharks, and perhaps even a talking toilet. You never know what those baddies will do to you. So going alone is not an option. You need friends to help you along the way. Some you meet, some you’ve known for years. They are all very helpful and thanks to them I have learned the lessons of Banjo-Kazooie.

The Lessons of Banjo-Kazooie

  1. Don’t leave home without a bird
  2. Standard keys do not apply
  3. Save the Jinjos, Save the World
  4. Leave transformations to the professionals

Don’t leave home without a bird

I learned something today. I’m not a fan of birds. They love to sit in the trees above my car, have their little meetings and poop all over my car. But when it came time to fight off the evil witch who was taking over my world, I had to call on one of those beaked nuisances. Who else would do a better job of keeping me in line, while also helping me save the world than a bird with its own ideas on how to win? This particular bird helped me fly, attacked some of our enemies and, more importantly, stayed in my backpack until called upon. I feel a little better about my relationship with birds now. Thanks, Banjo-Kazooie.

Standard keys do not apply

Banjo Music

Grab enough of these to unlock paths.

I learned something today. I’ve heard about these things called keys. They are used to unlock doors, drive cars and open portals to other dimensions. Sometimes they are even trapped in ice. There are, however, objects in the world that don’t look anything like keys but serve the same purpose. If you ever come across a golden musical note or golden puzzle piece, grab it. You might not be able to open the barrier to another world with just one so keep collecting. Plus, the pieces are made of gold. They might be worth something on the commodities market. Who wouldn’t want a gold jigsaw puzzle piece or gold musical note on display in their house? Thanks Banjo-Kazooie.

Save the Jinjos, Save the World

I learned something today. It seems like there are magical creatures throughout the world. Some of these creatures appear to be looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Some poop rainbows. However, there is this one magical creature that when saved, will help you find those puzzle pieces I mentioned above. The funny thing is, you can’t just save one. You have to save them all to find that special “jiggy.” If you happen to come across a bunch of Jinjo statues, hit them with eggs and those Jinjos may just save your life. Thanks, Banjo-Kazooie.

Leave transformations to the professionals

I learned something today. Not only are there magical creatures in thew world, there is also a magician. Some might call him a shaman. Others a witch doctor. But whenever I needed help, I went to see him. Of course I had to collect these tokens as a form of payment before he would work any of his magic, but it was well worth it. Though the after-effects would often last for days, sometimes being turned into a pumpkin made me feel like Cinderella. You might call it “mumbo jumbo” but it helped me save the prettiest girl in the land. Thanks, Banjo-Kazooie.

Banjo Crocodile

Trust the one with the backpack.


Sometimes I get bored with travelling around the world collecting different items that assist me on my journey. Yet, these collectibles always surprise me with their true value and abilities to help me complete my journey. Especially if I want to save my sister from the evil witch who kidnapped her. Though, next time my sister gets kidnapped, I might sit that adventure out. I’ve got some racing to do. Thanks, video games.

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