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January 18th, 2009 | Let's Chat

Hello there! Here’s my question. Who is Buzz Buzz? Is he an insect or a robot or what?


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Briianz said on Jan. 18, 2009

uhhh, he is probably a mix of both.

Alxprit said on Jan. 18, 2009

He’s not a bee, that’s the only certain thing.

Dave said on Jan. 18, 2009

a dung bettle?

Mikhail said on Jan. 18, 2009

He is the essence of our favorite game creator, Shigesato Itoi!

Hollow Leviathan said on Jan. 18, 2009

He is a sufficiently advanced insect such that he is indistinguishable from a robot to primitive humans!

kevinchai said on Jan. 18, 2009

The only thing that survived when Gygas blew up the world. It’s some kind of beetle that likes “not!” jokes.

KKMP said on Jan. 18, 2009

Ninten, perhaps?

TheBatFax said on Jan. 18, 2009

He’s the mole cricket’s cousin.

Haruhi's Secret said on Jan. 18, 2009

He’s imaginary. In fact the entire game is.

Ants said on Jan. 18, 2009

I can tell you one thing, a bee he is not!

MotherFTW said on Jan. 18, 2009

A rhinoceros beetle

Smash Bass said on Jan. 18, 2009

He’s an extraterrestial fly.

Crono Breaker said on Jan. 18, 2009

He’s a Bee…

A Talking Bee…

A Talking Bee From Space!

A Talking Bee From Space whit Bushy Eyebrows!!! (?)

Oh Wait… A Bee he is…. not!

lets say he’s a… mmm… Dung Beetle?

(Why not? the game is full of “Beatles” references…)

Deiphobus said on Jan. 18, 2009

he is ninten+beatle

Aurilliux said on Jan. 18, 2009

He’s… well… smashed like a dung beetle, anyway. It’s possible he’s some kind of beetle, probably named by some extraterrestrial kid who thought the name ‘Buzz buzz’ would be cute for an insect who will someday help save the universe.

Man, Buzz Buzz would’ve been awesome to play the whole game through… though he would’ve been more helpful in mother 3 when there seem to be a lot more PSI-using enemies.

The Horse Dreamer said on Jan. 18, 2009

In actual fact, Buzz Buzz is the first we see of Magicant. Funny thing to note, but Magicant is a pun and could be read “magic can’t” – more later.

He represents Ness’s ego, which afterward dies. In fact, I hope this isn’t spoiling anything, you can later visit his grave in your mind – and what a place to bury him!

You could say, from the moment he sets out to Giant Step, Ness is on a Buddhist-style path to Enlightenment. With every victory, he feels a little more at peace with himself, and in the end he’s able to confront evil itself head on.

Buzz Buzz, Ness’s ego, is ironically presented as a mere insect. Perhaps Ness, reading about Enlightenment on Wikipedia, wished that was how his ego was as he started clumsily meditating on his bed and partaking in the “psychedelic arts”.

Even before his journey begins proper, he has PP… you could say in a sense he has already begun awakening, and in his epic battles against cats and hippies, there is always the psychedelic background: hallucinations, but for good. As his adventure goes along, he comes closer and closer to what he must see as the root of it all: the greed and need… evil itself.

Giygas was meant to show a baby, but not as some criticism of abortion: babies are true evil. Let me explain: a baby is without guilt. It can do anything, and it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have conscience yet, and is openly greedy and narcissistic. It can bawl for hours and no one will stop loving it, because that is what a baby is. A baby only cares about itself and its own amusement – much like the sociopathic Porky Minch himself, shown as a close ally to Giygas who abandons him when things go wrong. And I’m sure, Giygas would do the same if it was the other way around.

As the ego, who dies, Buzz Buzz represent’s Ness’s first step towards nirvana and detachment from materialistic need, which has seeped into the cold mask world he resides in. With him perhaps the perception of magic: “magic can’t”. Buzz Buzz, seen as extraordinarily powerful, dies immediately after a swat from a weak obese woman, though he had easily defeated an evil, much more powerful alien minutes earlier.

Thank you and as always Semper Games

TheReaper09 said on Jan. 18, 2009

He is a bee/snake from the future.

Fobb_Z said on Jan. 18, 2009

I thought he said, “A bee I am…. not.”

Fobb_Z said on Jan. 18, 2009

Sorry Ants didn’t see you comment 😛

Masheysoup23 said on Jan. 18, 2009

He’s not a bee… he’s a ROBOT bee!

otherhand said on Jan. 20, 2009

I always imagined he was someone who had tried to resist Giygas, or been a part of some sort of rebellion. That “Ness’s ego” idea is pretty convincing, though.

Hunter Coates said on Feb. 19, 2009


Claus said on Mar. 15, 2009

An alien.

Ector said on Jul. 3, 2009

He’s a robot bee!
*Get’s slapped.*

Anonymous said on Dec. 16, 2010

He’s a talking bee from outer space with bushy eyebrows.

*Is being shot*

BobLikesToFart said on Dec. 10, 2013

Ninten in a robotic body


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