Jinjo Artwork - Nuts and Bolts
Jinjo's artwork from Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.
Powers Magic flight
Species Pteradactyl
Affiliation(s) Banjo, Kazooie
Enemies Minjos
Game(s) Banjo-Kazooie
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
First appearance Banjo-Kazooie (1998)
Latest appearance Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (2008)

Jinjos are a very social species that inhabit Isle o' Hags. They've appeared in all of the Banjo-Kazooie games released so far.



Jinjos first appear in Banjo-Kazooie. The main objective is to free the Jinjos, five in each level. The Jinjonator, a living statue, helps Banjo and Kazooie defeat the final boss.


In the sequel, Banjo-Tooie, the pink Jinjo is absent and the Jinjos returned along with their ruler, King Jingaling. "Minjos", the supposed arch-enemies of Jinjos, were also introduced in this game. The good Jinjos live in a place called Jinjo Village.

The way Jinjos worked in Banjo-Tooie is different from its forerunner. Instead of getting a Jiggy for rescuing the five in each level, you get a Jiggy for rescuing each family of Jinjos, nine in total. Each family is a specific color and has a different number of Jinjos you had to rescue. Now one has to find all the same-colored Jinjos of a family to win their family heirloom, which is a Jiggy. Also before the game even begins, the Gray Jinjo family is killed by the Hag 1 machine Gruntilda's sisters were driving. It was driven through their house and there is a signpost to commemorate this fact; all that was left is a doorway.

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

Jinjos also appeared in Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge. In this game, they needed to be saved once again. The Jinjo Oracle, a talking stone statue, was introduced in this game. The Jinjo Oracle told Banjo and Kazooie how many Jinjos you had found in each world. It also reveals that the Jinjos used to live in Spiral Mountain, the home of Banjo and Kazooie, but they were forced out by Gruntilda.


A purple Jinjo is playable in Banjo-Pilot. The Jinjo is one of the slowest, but has excellent body stability and turning points. There is also an All Jinjo Grand Prix, unlockable by buying it from Cheato after beating Grunty's grand prix.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Jinjos reappeared in Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts as, once again, collectibles.



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