Bottles’ Bonus Note Glitch (Banjo-Kazooie Xbox Live Arcade Version)

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Bottles’ Bonus Note Glitch is a game-breaking glitch in the XBLA version of Banjo-Kazooie.

How to Activate

To make this glitch take effect, one simply had to play through and beat the Bottles' Bonus games in Banjo's house (by entering Banjo's house and hitting Y to look at the picture of Bottles) but it must have been done before the player entered Mad Monster Mansion for the first time. If done correctly, 4 notes from Mad Monster Mansion, 4 Notes from Rusty Bucket Bay and 4 Notes from Click Clock Wood will have disappeared and become impossible to collect, thus making it impossible to collect all 900 notes in the game.

Why it happened

The reason this glitch occurs comes from a new feature in the Xbox Live Arcade Version of the game. In the original Banjo-Kazooie, dying or leaving a level and coming back would result in the Musical Notes being reset as though the player had never collected them. The Notes collected in any given level are recorded as collected via a "high-score" system with 100 being the highest one can obtain. For the game's sequel, Banjo-Tooie this was changed so that when the Musical Notes are collected, they remain collected even when the level is re-entered later.

When Banjo-Kazooie was ported to the Xbox Live Arcade, the developers made this feature standard for both games, meaning now collected notes remain collected no matter what. When adding this feature however, the developers didn't take into account the Bottles' Bonus mini-games. The puzzles in the Bottles' Bonus feature video of Banjo playing through portions of levels, including Mad Monster Mansion, Rusty Bucket Bay and Click Clock Wood. These videos aren't pre-recorded however, and are generated as live computer-controlled demos using the game's engine. Because of this, the game considers the computer Banjo in the videos as the player, and thus when he collects the Notes in the videos, the game believes they have already been collected and removes them from the game. Worse still, the computer's collected Notes do not count towards the player's actual total. Meaning, essentially, they are gone.

Why it Sucked

  1. It made the game impossible to 100%.
  2. It made the 900 notes achivement impossible for that file.
  3. It can effect 3 LEVELS.
  4. When the glitch was “patched”, the glitch was not ”fixed” for files made before the patch that were affected by the glitch.
  5. When the Glitch was “patched”, it could still happen. It can also happen in the Rare Replay version, as that version is the XBLA version.