Tingle appears to like the ocean. How else to clarify his regular presence in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the place the peculiar sprite regularly pops as much as assist (or hamper) Hyperlink’s quest with gadgets just like the Tingle Tuner? Heck, he even has his very personal island.
In at the moment’s sprawling interview with IGN, which you should absolutely go read, outgoing developer Takaya Imamura defined Tingle’s outsized presence in Wind Waker.
“I used to be serving to out on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker when it was nonetheless in its planning section, however on the identical time I used to be engaged on Star Fox Adventures with Uncommon, and I ended up having to deal with the latter,” Imamura defined, laughing. “So In the event you ever puzzled why Tingle seems so usually in Wind Waker, now you recognize why.”
Tingle had already appeared in Majora’s Mask and Oracle of Ages, however his stint in Wind Waker appeared to cement him in Zelda lore. He went on to look in a number of extra video games, together with Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland for the Nintendo, which by no means made it to North America.
Imamura was Tingle’s foremost creator, and it is develop into an enormous a part of his legacy. Certainly, when Imamura introduced his retirement earlier this yr, many websites referred to him as “Tingle’s Creator” first regardless of having a big hand on video games starting from Star Fox 64 to F-Zero GX.
Tingle himself stays a reasonably divisive determine amongst North American fandom. Right here at IGN, we hated him enough that we ran a “Die, Tingle, Die! Die!” campaign back in 2004. In Japan, although, he’s mentioned to have garnered a cult following, with Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland producer Kensuke Tanabe expressing curiosity in someday making one other Tingle sport.
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“I do know that folks can’t stand Tingle. However to me, that problem is: Might I take this character that’s so reviled within the West and simply [do] a whole turnaround and make him a beloved, enjoyable character? The concept of that actually simply will get me going. I do know we have now made a Tingle sport prior to now, however possibly sooner or later down the street,” Tanabe told GamesBeat in 2013.
As for Imamura, he is now departed the corporate the place he spent greater than 30 years working alongside giants like Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata. He’s now a professor on the Worldwide Skilled College of Know-how in Osaka, the place he’s instructing CG animation and online game improvement and is at present engaged on a manga.
Kat Bailey is a Senior Editor at IGN. She actually has nothing towards Tingle.
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