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
Expresso is an Animal Friend in the Donkey Kong franchise. 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 Country series
Donkey Kong Country
In his debut appearance, Donkey Kong Country, Expresso only appears in a few of the later levels, including Temple Tempest, Orang-utan Gang, Ice Age Alley, and lastly Misty Mine. 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's main ability is gliding 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. The sound effect of when Expresso hits an enemy is identical to the one of a Mini-Necky being defeated.
Donkey Kong Country 2 (Game Boy Advance)
In Donkey Kong Country 2, Expresso is the starring and titular character of the minigame, Expresso's Racing. Both Cranky and his pet Expresso are at Cranky's Hut, and before the game's events, Cranky used the "vast fortune" he made from his "starring role" in Donkey Kong Country to buy Expresso as a pet. However, Cranky wishes to raise Expresso as a racing bird, but his Expresso is too small and weak for racing competitions, so Cranky asks Diddy and Dixie Kong to find and obtain golden feathers, which each increase a bar of Expresso's Power, Speed, Acceleration, or Boost for the Expresso's Racing challenges. Expresso becomes increasingly larger each time a golden feather is given to him. Any time Expresso wins first place in Expresso's Racing, he wins a gold trophy, and when all six trophies are won, Cranky rewards Diddy and Dixie with a photograph of himself for the Scrapbook. Additionally, a photograph of Expresso appears in Animal Antics, and collecting the photograph causes it to appear under the thirteenth page of the Scrapbook.
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, in this case, Deck Trek, Mountain Mayhem, Landslide Leap, and Collapsing Clouds, however mostly just in Bonus Levels. A difference with Expresso is that he can now defeat enemies by jumping on them, even if they are Zingers.
Donkey Kong in: Banana Day 24
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 makes a few cameos in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Expresso has a trophy that can be unlocked by collecting it when it appears at random in any of the game's modes, such as Vs. matches or the Home-Run Contest. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, there is another collectible trophy of Expresso. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Expresso is a Novice-class support spirit that takes up one support slot, and during battles, fighters who use the Expresso spirit begin with 30% damage but have increased movement speed.
Expresso appears in Picross NP Vol. 8 as one of the images that must be cleared.
Donkey Kong Racing
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- SNES Donkey Kong Country
- GBA Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[sic]
- An ostrich friend with sneakers on both feet. Riding Expresso allows for high-speed dashing. As an ostrich, Expresso can't fly, but rapid button pressing can put extra distance on his jumps. This can be used to help Donkey Kong reach distant places.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
- His name is no joke–this bird is fast! Despite his size, Expresso is light as a feather and loves to glide through the air. In fact, he was too light to hurt enemies at first! He got a little stronger in Donkey Kong Land, and now jumping on foes is a piece of cake! (American English)
- Just as fast as his name implies! Expresso can't fly, but his running and jumping make up for it. Try not to step on any enemies, though, or he'll get hurt! Unless you're playing the Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land, that is. If you are, he can stomp on fiendish foes to his heart's content! (British English)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|#||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|153||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|
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Expresso.
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."