Artwork of a red Nibbla
|Sub-Species||Unnamed blue pseudo-animal buddy|
|Affiliations||Kremling Krew (red),|
Kong Family (blue)
|Enemies||Kong Family (red), |
|Game(s)||Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
Nibblas are carnivorous fish found in a few of the underwater stages in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. Nibblas supposedly replace Snapjaws from the previous game. Their color tells if they're friendly or dangerous (the latter is found the most).
The common red Nibblas are enemies, often appearing in boardwalk stages, following the Kongs throughout the stage. Unlike most water enemies, Nibblas are completely invincible; not even Enguarde can defeat it with his trusty bill stab. Nibblas colored red will swim right after a Kong when he or she falls into the water, making them tough to avoid. Though found in few stages, they are still quite annoying.
A blue color swap of a Nibbla appears in the underwater stage Fish Food Frenzy. This Nibbla comes out when the stage starts, often panicking a new player into thinking that it will give chase; however, that is not the case as this blue Nibbla is very unique.
Blue Nibblas will follow the Kongs as they swim. As time goes on, it will slowly get hungry, and turn red. It must be kept blue in order to prevent the Kongs from losing a life. When it gets close to a Koco, it will eat it and become happier. However, if it gets close to a Lurchin, it will get redder, likely because it does not like the taste of the spiky foe.
Whether or not the blue version is considered an Animal Buddy is unknown, as it does technically help the Kongs get rid of underwater enemies, yet can also kill them. A "No Animal Sign" also appears for it.