Art of Mini-Necky in Donkey Kong Country.
|First appearance||Donkey Kong Country (1994)|
|MG appearance(s)||Super Smash Flash 2|
Mini-Neckies are small, black, (sometimes blue) hostile birds encountered throughout the Donkey Kong series. As the name suggests, they are miniature versions of Neckies.
The first appearance of Mini-Neckies was in Donkey Kong Country. In this game, they would attack Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong by spitting coconuts at them. They later appeared in the game's pseudo-sequel, Donkey Kong Land. Here, they have the same attack patterns as they did in the previous game, and still fired coconuts at the Kongs.
Mini-Neckies next appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest where they were semi-common enemies encountered in various levels. In this game, Mini-Neckies would attack Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong by swooping down at them, and could be defeated by being jumped upon. Unlike the vultures from Donkey Kong Country, these Mini-Neckies wear red polka-dotted bandannas on their heads. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest also introduced a giant Mini-Necky boss named Krow; and in the Kong's battle with the ghost of Krow ("Kreepy Krow") in Gloomy Gultch, several ghostly Mini-Neckies would occasionally appear and attack the Kongs. During the battle against Kreepy Krow, the Kongs would have to jump on a regular Mini-Necky to make a barrel appear, which they could then use to hit Kreepy Krow. Mini-Neckies, along with Krow, reprized their roles in the Game Boy, pseudo-sequel, Donkey Kong Land 2.
After a long absence, Mini-Neckies reappear in DK: King of Swing and its sequel DK: Jungle Climber, where they either swoop at the Kongs or shoot coconuts. Mini-Neckies also appear inside blue balloons as items in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. They home in on the closest opponent behind the user and rams them, making them lose ten bananas. If they are used by a Kremling, the victim will also lose one Wild Move.