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 help (or hamper) Hyperlink’s quest with gadgets just like the Tingle Tuner? Heck, he even has his very personal island.
In right this moment’s sprawling interview with IGN, which it is best to completely go learn, 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 part, however on the similar time I used to be engaged on Star Fox Adventures with Uncommon, and I ended up having to concentrate on the latter,” Imamura defined, laughing. “So If you happen to ever questioned why Tingle seems so typically in Wind Waker, now you realize why.”
Tingle had already appeared in Majora’s Masks and Oracle of Ages, however his stint in Wind Waker appeared to cement him in Zelda lore. He went on to seem 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 fundamental creator, and it is turn 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 sufficient that we ran a “Die, Tingle, Die! Die!” marketing campaign again in 2004. In Japan, although, he’s stated to have garnered a cult following, with Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland producer Kensuke Tanabe expressing curiosity in at some point making one other Tingle recreation.
“I do know that individuals can not 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 thought of that actually simply will get me going. I do know we’ve made a Tingle recreation prior to now, however possibly in some unspecified time in the future down the highway,” Tanabe instructed GamesBeat in 2013.
Tingle’s most up-to-date look was in Hyrule Warriors, the place he appeared within the Majora’s Masks DLC pack. His costume was additionally obtainable through DLC in Breath of the Wild.
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 educating CG animation and online game improvement and is at the moment engaged on a manga.
Kat Bailey is a Senior Editor at IGN. She actually has nothing towards Tingle.