Expresso, as he appears in Donkey Kong Country.
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country (1994)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Spirit cameo) (2018)|
- “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.”
- —Donkey Kong Country instruction booklet, page 24
Being an ostrich, Expresso has the appearance of a normal male one, complete with black and white feathers. Expresso only wears a pair of sports sneakers. He has the ability to run fast and glide through the air by flapping his wings. Expresso's name is a portmanteau of "express" and "espresso", a type of coffee drink.
Donkey Kong franchise
Donkey Kong Country
In his debut appearance, Donkey Kong Country, Expresso only appears in a few of the later levels. He cannot defeat enemies by jumping on them, and attempting it even harms him. Expresso is unaffected by Klaptraps, which pass through his long legs. Expresso has the ability to glide distances while flapping his wings.
Like the other Animal Friends, Expresso has his own bonus stage (named Expresso Bonus! in the Game Boy Advance version), and the Kongs can enter it by obtaining three Expresso Tokens. The bonus stage is set in a jungle-themed area, and like other Animal Friend stages, Expresso must collect as many mini Expresso Tokens within the time limit in exchange for extra lives.
Donkey Kong Land
Expresso makes his second appearance in Donkey Kong Land as one of the two Animal Buddies, the other one being Rambi the Rhino. Like Donkey Kong Country, Expresso also appears in four levels, although he mostly appears in Bonus Levels. Expresso's abilities are largely the same as in his first appearance, except he can defeat enemies, including Zingers, by jumping on them.
Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance)
Expresso only reappears in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2, as the starring and titular character of the minigame, Expresso's Racing. Prior to the game's events, Cranky Kong uses the "vast fortune" he made from his "starring role" in Donkey Kong Country to buy Expresso as a pet. Both Cranky and his pet Expresso are at Cranky's Hut.
Cranky wishes to raise Expresso as a racing bird, although his Expresso is too small and weak. Cranky requests Diddy and Dixie Kong to find and obtain a golden feather in every level. The golden feathers enhance Expresso's stats for the Expresso's Racing challenges. Each golden feather increases a bar of Expresso's Power, Speed, Acceleration, or Boost. Expresso progressively gets larger for every golden feather the Kongs apply to him. If Expresso gets first place in Expresso's Racing, he wins a gold trophy.
When the Kongs and Expresso obtain all six trophies, Cranky rewards them with a photograph of himself for the Scrapbook. The Kongs can obtain a photograph of Expresso from Animal Antics, and Expresso's photo appears under the thirteenth page of the Scrapbook.
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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
In the Donkey Kong Adventure story of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Expresso makes a cameo appearance as one of Rabbid Cranky's Boombow weapons, the Expresso Atomizer. The weapon is described as officially licensed Expresso the Ostrich merch. The description also mentions that it has double kneecaps for authenticity, referencing how bird legs are composed of two intermediary articulations, although they only have one kneecap for each leg.
Super Smash Bros. series
Expresso appears in Picross NP Vol. 8 as one of the images that must be cleared.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|Name||Image||Game||Type||Class||Effect||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|Expresso||Donkey Kong Series||Support (1)||Novice||Trade-Off Speed ↑||World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board||Falco||Rule: Slippery Stage
||Green Hill Zone||The Map Page / Bonus Level|
Expresso's animal crate
Artwork used for a puzzle based on Donkey Kong Country
Names in other languages
- Cranky Kong references Expresso in the Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest instruction booklet by saying, "A more tragic looking bunch of useless no-hopers you'll never see! I liked Expresso and Winky--where have they gone?", as well as in the Donkey Kong 64 instruction booklet with, "I just hope they've included poor old Winky and Expresso this time instead of that bone-brained rhino that always seems to get in the games."
- In the original Donkey Kong Country, the sound effect for when Expresso hits an enemy is the same as that of a Mini-Necky being defeated.