Tingle was supposed to be Majora’s Mask exclusive

Former StaffMarch 26th, 2013 by Former Staff

GlitterBerri, a website dedicated to translating text from video games and such, has recently posted a translation of part of the guidebook from the Japan exclusive Zelda Box, released back in 2002. The translated portions are pages 34 and 35 of the book, which contains quotes from Eiji Aonuma, Mitsuhiko Takano, and Yoshiki Haruhana about the development of the characters Tingle, Zephos, and Cyclos in The Wind Waker.

They also explain that Tingle was only supposed to have ever appeared in Majora’s Mask. Jump inside to find out more!

The developers go into detail about the reasoning of the characters creation, and how they were implemented into the game world, Takano talks about the creation of Tingle in Majoras Mask, saying that he wanted to make a minigame that could “somehow incorporate balloons”, and that he ended up creating many aspects of his personality such as his “tone of voice” and describes him saying:

“His appearance was rather …unique, so I figured he should have an strange personality to match. [Laughs] The image that came to mind was an otaku-type guy who went on and on and never stopped talking, but also someone who had a really pure heart, considering how naive he was. For some reason, players grew to like this oddball, which is why he was a top pick for inclusion in The Wind Waker.”

Despite this, Aonuma points out he was never originally planned to be in any game outside of Majoras Mask.

Aonuma give details about the influences behind Zephos, and Cyclos, saying:

“These two are modeled after the god of wind and the god of thunder. The theme of The Wind Waker is wind, so we borrowed their Japanese names, Fuuchin and Raichin, from the gods that govern the weather.”

He also talks about how sketches of frogs lying around their office is what gave them the idea for the characters designs.

Being one of my favorite Zelda games, I find being able to learn more about the creation of these memorable characters in The Wind Waker extremely fascinating. There were so many details that obviously had a lot of thought put into them, and have helped craft a very unique world. To see the developers complete discussion hit the source button below!

What do you think about these developer commentaries? Very interesting and cool? Or small details that don’t really interest you? Give your thoughts in the comments!

Source: GlitterBerri

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  • Nevan Lowe

    First! I’d say that I would’ve rather Tingle stay MM exclusive.

    • Anonymous

      Wow. First time a firster has a high rating… But when Japanese morning rolls around, you may find more negative votes on you. I heard he’s actually popular over there…

      • Nevan Lowe

        I think its okay to be a firster as long as you also have something else to say.
        if all you say is “First!” then its bad.

        • http://medlismessages.blogspot.com/ Heroine of Time

          Ugh, I really shouldn’t be getting into arguments like this, but… I’d disagree, to some extent. I agree that at least saying something in addition to it is much better, but I think it’s just utterly pointless to say “first” to begin with. You know it’s going to annoy some people, and thus it can be considered a form of trolling. You get no personal benefit from it aside from watching others complain, why would you do it? I honestly don’t understand.

          • http://www.glitterberri.com Aria

            Because they’re playing life like a video game, making up imaginary achievements. :)

          • punkinoodle

            Love it! XD

          • Nevan Lowe

            That’s sorta why I do it. But I always make sure to leaves something else there too.

          • rjhewgyrfu (aka ruifgyqforug)

            Really, it doesn’t hurt anyone at all. OK, they have to read one extra word which is unnecessary, how bad is that? SOME people might get annoyed, but IMO it’s not bad, and if you’re annoyed it’s your problem.

            Also, being first isn’t easy; for some people, especially those who don’t stalk new articles to be among the first few to comment, it’s an exceptional occasion. They are glad that they actually got first, what’s wrong in the fact that they tell you so?

            Also, if people would just stop complaining, those who really do it for trolling – aka those who say nothing else in their comment – will stop doing it.

            In a way, this whole reply chain is arguing about the “first” word, which means that we are spamming the site with pointless comments, instead of giving our opinion about Tingle. If we ignored it, as I said, trolls would stop doing it, while normal comments that happen to mention that they were first will stop getting -30 votes regardless of the actual content of the comment.

            And personally, I find Tingle way creepier in MM than in TWW.

          • Nevan Lowe

            I agree.

          • Nevan Lowe

            I have almost never gotten first in anything in my life, from playing Mario Kart, to being the first one of my friends to own a game, I was almost ALWAYS last, or near last. So I like actually being good at doing something first. I don’t do it to annoy people. Its like on the Xbox there are achievements, and one of those achievements is “Comment First”. But I don’t play Xbox that much. Instead I play Zelda and Metroid, as well as Half-Life.

      • Mister

        I never understood the hatred for Tingle. He’s silly. Why is silly frowned upon in games? And besides, I don’t think he does enough in the games to warrant hatred. For the most part, gamers can ignore him.

        • Anonymous

          Why is he looked down upon? He’s sillier than Might Guy and Rock Lee. Can you imagine the trio doing the sunset jutsu? That’s how many others feel.

          Me? He’s a good character, but a little off.

          • Zzen

            so true

        • S. Mario

          Except in Four Swords Adventures. If any force gems are left on the screen for a certain amount of time, Tingle steels them. I was fine with Tingle until I played that game.

  • Bob

    I’d say Tingle is okay, but should have not charged us 400 ruppees per Triforce Chart deciphering. That quickly amounts to 3200. Maybe they should have made less triforce charts for him to decipher or have him charge only 100 ruppees.

    • Anonymous

      I think they were trying to encourage exploration, sidequest completion, or cheap tricks/cheats. Though yes, it should have been 300 or 250 rupees.

    • Omega


    • Mister

      Well at least the game made Rupees worth something. I’m halfway through Twilight Princess and I’ve already purchased everything. :/

    • Zzen

      it was 328

    • S. Mario

      I wondered why they made Tingle charge such a high amount too (it was 398 to be exact). Then I realized that the amount of time it takes for the rupees to go down after paying for it is the same amount of time that Tingle’s animation right after takes.

  • Omega

    I think that it’s a shame they didn’t put Tingle in other games. In spite of him being a total idiot, he made WW more colorful

    • VikzeLink

      Well, he is actually in FSA too

      • Kravik

        And oracles..

        • http://medlismessages.blogspot.com/ Heroine of Time

          And The Minish Cap. XD

          • Omega

            Yeah, but when I played TP and SS I sorta missed him, even if there were types of people like him, Tingle is kinda iconic

          • Kravik

            Forgot all about that! :D

          • rjhewgyrfu (aka ruifgyqforug)

            And SS. Though he’s not technically an NPC there… Well, he is a character, and he isn’t a player, so he is, actually. :P

          • Omega

            how is he is SS? I didn’t see him there.

          • Triforce

            He isn’t physically in SS, but in Zelda room there is a doll of him on her desk.

  • Dark Majora

    has anyone else noticed EVERY SINGLE comment is a reply besides this one and Nevan Lowes?

  • guest

    Too bad Tingle didn’t stay exclusive to MM.

  • Midna’s Sister

    Lol, apparently Myamoto likes frogs because he had so many froggy scetches around his office ouo

  • pizzaman

    Tingle kind of looks like Koji Kondo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattielprup Mattie Kennedy

    tingle in MM was funny. sure he is a bit strange but all the best people are. I HATED his appearance in windwaker. mostly because the end of that game dragged on so long, and then tingle stole all my rupees.
    (by end of the game i mean the maps and triforce pieces. the end fight with ganon is awesome)

  • Joe

    I think Tingle looked really cute in Wind Waker and Minish Cap (was he in any others?? Don’t remember). So no complaints from me! Gotta say though, I knew he was in WW but I got quite a surprise when I saw him in MC.

  • Zelda is the Bomb!!!

    Tingle= Creepy, weird, but kinda cool

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