Expresso's Racing

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Expresso's Racing
Expresso Racing
Appears in Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance)
Prize Video Game Hero Coin (per race)
Photograph (clearing every race)

Expresso's Racing[1] is a racing minigame hosted by Cranky Kong in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2. It involves Expresso racing against three other ostriches (each being a red, blue, or green palette swap of him) on a horizontal path. It can also be played from the "Bonus Games" sub-menu.

During their adventure, Diddy and Dixie Kong must collect golden feathers to increase Expresso's stats, and in turn, boost his performance during races. At times, this is the only way to make Expresso a formidable opponent during races. At Cranky's Hut, the Kongs must have at least four golden feathers to select the first option, "Cranky's Surprise". Cranky Kong introduces the game to the Kongs, and they are led to a menu divided into four stats, each having a total of ten bars: Strength, Speed, Flight, and Boost. The Kongs can individually increase each stat with a golden feather.


Every race takes place in a world of Crocodile Isle, and have their own obstacles. Some feathers and boosts also appear; they allow Expresso to temporarily glide through the air and to give a small speed boost, respectively. After completing a race, Cranky rewards the Kongs with a trophy, which is placed on a shelf in Cranky's Hut. The quality of the trophy depends on which place Expresso finishes in (e.g. first place for gold, second for silver, etc.) The Kongs are rewarded with a Video Game Hero Coin for each race that they win, and lastly a photograph of Cranky Kong if they complete every Expresso's Racing challenge.


  • Ship Deck Dash: The race in Gangplank Galleon. Despite the name, this race takes place at a jungle, with almost no obstacles, except for the small plains.
  • Magma Spurt: The race located in Crocodile Cauldron. This race takes place at a volcanic area, which features new obstacles, including taller plains and a blue liquid that slows down the ostriches.
  • Swampy Swoop: A race in Krem Quay, a swamp area. This time, the main obstacle are the small swamps, that slows down the ostriches just like the blue liquid.
  • Fairground Fall: This race takes place at Krazy Kremland. Here, the ostriches can easily fall in the various pitfalls of the course. They can use logs to cross them.
  • Spooky Sprint: The race in Gloomy Gulch, which features a purple liquid that slows down the player even more than the blue liquid.
  • Creepy Castle: Located at K. Rool's Keep, the ostriches will find a brown liquid, slowing them down, and pits, in which they can easily fall.
  • Lost World Leap: The last and hardest race, located at the Lost World. Aside from the pits and the blue liquid, the ostriches will find spikes in some parts, harmful to them.


The names of Expresso's opponents differ per race. When accessed from the main game, each race has a consistent group of names, though they are randomized when accessed from the Bonus Games menu.

Race Sprite of one of Expresso's opponents from Donkey Kong Country 2 for Game Boy Advance
Sprite of one of Expresso's opponents from Donkey Kong Country 2 for Game Boy Advance
Sprite of one of Expresso's opponents from Donkey Kong Country 2 for Game Boy Advance
Ship Deck Dash Smokey Chewy Rapido
Magma Spurt Sneakers Beardy Zippy
Swampy Swoop Loopi Tinky Bungle
Fairground Fall Tremors Monsoon Myma
Spooky Sprint Papa Laz Humpty Rippa
Creepy Castle Flicky Aftershock Ozzie
Lost World Leap M. Bassi Misty Minogue


  • +Control Pad – moving Expresso in the desired direction
  • B Button (holding) – to accelerate
  • A Button – jump
  • A ButtonA Button – gliding in the air (uses a feather)
  • R Button → grants a small boost (uses a boost)

Names in other languages[edit]

Expresso Racing
Language Name Meaning
French Course Expresso
Expresso Race
German Expresso-Rennen
Expresso Races
Italian Formula Expresso
Expresso Formula
Spanish Carreras Expresso
Expresso Racing
Ship Deck Dash
Language Name Meaning
French Ruée sur le Pont
Rush on the Deck
German Schiffs-Sprint
Ship Sprint
Italian Sprint Foresta
Forest Sprint
Spanish A la Cubierta
To the Deck
Magma Spurt
Language Name Meaning
French Jet de Magma
Magma Jet
German Magmalauf
Magma Run
Italian Marasma Magma
Magma Chaos
Spanish Chorros de Magma
Jets of Magma
Swampy Swoop
Language Name Meaning
French Descente Amphibie
Amphibious Descent
German Moor-Marathon
Moor Marathon
Italian Scatto Palude
Swamp Shot
Spanish Caída de Swampy
Swampy Fall
Fairground Fall
Language Name Meaning
French Chute de Foire
Fair Fall
German Savannen-Spurt
Savannah Spurt
Italian Gara Giungla
Jungle Race
Spanish Caída en la Feria
Fall at the Fair
Spooky Sprint
Language Name Meaning
French Sprint Sinistre
Sinister Sprint
German Gruselgroße
Scary Big Ones
Italian Fantasorpasso
Spanish Carrera Tétrica
Grim Race
Creepy Castle
Language Name Meaning
French Fort Effrayant
Scary Fortress
German Burg-Balustrade
Castle Balustrade
Italian Corsa Castello
Castle Rush
Spanish Castillo Mágico
Magic Castle
Lost World Leap
Language Name Meaning
French Monde Perdu
Lost World
German Verlorene Welt
Lost World
Italian Salto Perduto
Lost Jump
Spanish El Mundo Perdido
The Lost World


  1. ^ Nintendo (2004). Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance) instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 28.