Buzz (enemy)

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This article is about a mechanical foe first appearing in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. For a human character from Mario Golf: Advance Tour also named Buzz, see Buzz (character).
Buzz
Buzz2.jpg
Artwork of a Buzz from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (1996)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA port) (2005)
Related Species
Zinger

“Multi-talented flying baddy, whose buzzsaw protects his whole body from attacks.”
Donkey Kong Country 3 manual, page 19

Buzzes are robotic wasps[1] that are found in the games Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III. Their legs are made of metal and they have a buzzsaw in their abdomen, though their bodies and wings seem to be organic. They, for the most part, replace the wasp enemies, the Zingers, from the first two games in the Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Land series. Just like Zingers, they are immune to jump attacks.

Buzzes' name is a play on words of the onomatopoeia "buzz," representing the sound that bees make when they fly, and the buzzsaw in their abdomens.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, Buzzes are the most common enemy, usually posing as obstacles. There are two Buzz variants. Green Buzzes can be defeated by a thrown barrel or by a certain Animal Friend, but the tougher red Buzzes can only be defeated by a TNT Barrel, an Invincibility Barrel, with the fireballs launched by Kroc in Krack Shot Kroc, or with the flames from the exhaust of a Rocket Barrel (SNES version only).

Buzzes are absent in Lakeside Limbo, Skidda's Row, Koindozer Klamber, Poisonous Pipeline, and all underwater levels.

Donkey Kong Land III[edit]

In Donkey Kong Land III, Buzzes behave the same way they did in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble, but are colored grey due to the Game Boy's color limitations. This means that the game lacks the red variation of the enemy, therefore, every single Buzz can be defeated with regular barrels. In the Game Boy Color version (which was exclusive to Japan), they are all colored green.

Diddy Kong Pilot[edit]

Prerelease footage for the canceled Game Boy Advance game Diddy Kong Pilot reveals that pink Buzzes were going to appear in the game as items. When used, Buzz would home in on the nearest pilot and cause them to crash on contact (similar to Red Shells in Mario Kart). The game would have also featured a blue variant, which would home in on the lead driver and attack them (similar to the Spiny Shells in Mario Kart).[2]

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バズ
Bazu
Buzz

Trivia[edit]

  • Although Buzzes are colored pink in three of their official artworks, there are no Buzzes in-game with that color.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Twitter confirmation by former Rare employee Mark Stevenson
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sg7SYh1lWqQ