EXCLUSIVE: Swanky Saturday- Defeating Mr. Vile the Crocodile

Remember Mr. Vile? He’s that evil little crocodile in the Bubblegloop Swamp level in Banjo-Kazooie who loves to eat Grumblies and Yumblies. He loves them so much in fact that he has his own mini-game where he challenges other crocodiles to see who can eat the most! This is how it all works…

Mr. Vile must be defeated three times with Banjo and Kazooie transformed into a crocodile by Mumbo Jumbo. Each of the three rounds are different. In the first round, you have to eat more of the red-colored Grumblies than Mr. Vile. In the second round, you have to once again eat more of the red-colored Grumblies while simultaneously avoiding the yellow-colored Yumblies. In round three, a picture of either the Grumblies or the Yumblies will be on screen and you must eat whichever one is depicted. If you Mr. Vile is defeated in all three rounds, then a Jiggy is your reward. You can also play a fourth round if you dare do so where your prize will be three extra lives, or the loss of your life should you lose! I recommend stopping at three if you have collected a lot of musical notes (assuming you’re playing the Nintendo 64 version of the game).

It’s a challenging little mini-game that’s a blast to play, especially if you don’t use the running shoes. Best strategy I think is to stay close to Mr. Vile and eat the Grumblies/Yumblies that he is headed toward before he does. This will give you a bit of an edge, but you also have to make sure you can keep up. He’s fairly fast. Do you have any specific strategies to defeating him?