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Not to be confused with Mecha-Zingers from the game Donkey Kong 64 or Buzzies from the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
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Buzz

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Green Buzz's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 3.

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Red Buzz's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 3.

Homeland Northern Kremisphere
Origin of Species Robot
Sub-Species Killer Bees


Powers/Abilities Flying in regular patterns,
Immunity against all physical attacks by enemies
Leader(s) KAOS,
Baron K. Roolenstein
Affiliations Kremling Krew
Enemies Kong Family,
Dixie Kong,
Kiddy Kong,
Animal Buddies
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!,
Donkey Kong Land III
First Game Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (for SNES) (1996)


Latest Game Donkey Kong Country 3 (for GBA) (2005)

Buzzes are robot-like enemies resembling Zingers exclusively appearing in the games Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III. They come in a variety of colors and sizes.

History

Donkey Kong Country 3

In both games, Buzzes are often used as stationary obstacles to Dixie and Kiddy Kong, but the enemies can also be seen flying around the same spot at regular patterns. Usually, upon any contact with Buzzes, the primates will be harmed, forcing the player to avoid these enemies.

In Donkey Kong Country 3, green Buzzes can be defeated by the player throwing regular projectiles at them, such as barrels, or using certain Animal Buddies' special attacks. There are also red Buzzes, which are tougher and can only be defeated by TNT Barrels or a Kong under the effect of an Invincibility Barrel. In fact, this invincibility effect is the only instance when the heroes are capable of bouncing on both enemy types. Buzzes are absent in the stages Lakeside Limbo, Skidda's Row, Koindozer Klamber, Poisonous Pipeline, and all underwater stages.

There is also a small swarm of red Buzzes in the Kremwood Forest stage Riverside Race, called Killer Bees, chasing the primates constantly. This swarm cannot be defeated, being also immune against the effect of the Invincibility Barrel. The same swarm does not pursue the heroes into the water, however.

Donkey Kong Land III

In Donkey Kong Land III, all Buzzes behave as the green variants of Donkey Kong Country 3, being immune against the Kongs' physical attacks and defeated only by the player throwing projectiles at them.

Physical Appearance

Buzzes' bodies are composed by two main parts: a head and an abdomen.

  • The head possesses two regular eyes, and Buzzes also display a side grin, showing some teeth (it being more evident in the official artworks).
  • The abdomen has a spherical shape and is covered by stripes. A large circular saw seems to be embedded into the abdomen, leaving only the blades exposed.
  • Between the two parts, there is a pair of typical insect wings, and two sets of three exhaust pipes appearing from both sides.
  • Despite their robotic parts, the wings and bodies of Buzzes seem organic.

Gallery

Artwork

Sprites

Screenshots

Trivia

  • Buzzes' name is a play on words of the onomatopoeia "buzz", the sound that bees make when they fly, and the buzz saw in their abdomens.
  • Despite their regular colors being green or red in the game Donkey Kong Country 3, official artworks show red Buzzes being of a dark pink color, instead.
  • Buzzes can be considered replacements of Zingers, bee enemies from the games Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country 2 and Donkey Kong Land 2. However, Zingers return as enemies in later games, such as Donkey Kong 64, DK: King of Swing and DK: Jungle Climber.
    • A possible reason why Buzzes only appear in the games Donkey Kong Country 3 and Donkey Kong Land III is because of KAOS was probably running out of Zingers to the commonness of them in previous games and how many are usually defeated in one game. Another reason for they might had Buzzes instead is because the final boss of both games, Baron K. Roolenstein, is a machine builder, and the developers, Rareware, probably wanted the games to look that way.

A red Buzz about to collide against Diddy Kong as seen in the 2003 build of the canceled game Diddy Kong Pilot.

  • Buzzes supposed to appear in the canceled racing game Diddy Kong Pilot as usable items. In the 2003 build of the game, they apparently act as missiles used for shooting at opponents during races, much like the rockets from the game Diddy Kong Racing for Nintendo 64. There is also a new blue version that acts as a homing missile in the same game build.
  • Buzzes may have inspired the creation of Mecha-Zingers, robot bee enemies from the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64.
  • In the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, there are bee enemies called Buzzies. Unlike Zingers and Buzzes, these enemies do not move at regular patterns, and after the Kongs are noticed by them, Buzzies will pursue the heroes, flying directly towards them. Also, as opposed to the former bee counterparts, the primates can jump on the Buzzies in order to defeat them, usually suffering no harm in the process.
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