Expresso the Ostrich
“This crazy bird is a valuable animal to find. Although he can't really fly, he can run even faster than Rambi, and can make long, wing assisted leaps. Expresso's legs, being long and spindly, are not suitable for jumping on enemies. Smaller enemies will crawl right under him, but larger ones are trouble. You can make Expresso flap his wings by repeatedly pressing the Button.”
Expresso the Ostrich is an Animal Friend in the Donkey Kong franchise, who first appeared in Donkey Kong Country as one of four ridable friends (along with Rambi the Rhino, Enguarde the Swordfish and Winky the Frog) and also as one of two who are birds (along with Squawks the Parrot).
Donkey Kong series
Donkey Kong Country
In Donkey Kong Country, Expresso can run at fast speeds and glide through the air by flapping his wings, but he has no offensive capabilities and has no way to defend himself against threats; some small enemies may pass under his legs, however, leaving him unharmed.
Donkey Kong Land
Expresso reappears in Donkey Kong Country's semi-sequel Donkey Kong Land. He is one of the game's two Animal Friends, the other being Rambi. In this game, Expresso's abilities remain largely the same as before, except he can defeat enemies by jumping on them. He can even defeat Zingers.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Expresso reappears in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Expresso is apparently bought by Cranky Kong who uses the "vast fortune" he has made from his "starring role" in the game Donkey Kong Country. Cranky has planned on raising Expresso as a racing bird; unfortunately for Cranky, Expresso is extremely small and weak. Expresso can be found, along with Cranky, at Cranky's Hut. In order to make Expresso big and strong, Cranky tells both Diddy and Dixie Kong to find various Golden Feathers scattered throughout the levels of Donkey Kong Country 2. Each feather given to Expresso raises one of his stats, and grows him.
After becoming big and powerful, Expresso can be raced against other Ostriches in a minigame known as Expresso Racing; if Expresso wins a race, he obtains a trophy. If Diddy, Dixie, and Expresso gain all the trophies in the game, they can give them to Cranky to receive a DK Coin and a picture of Expresso for Wrinkly's Scrapbook.
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS