Kensuke Tanabe was “thinking aloud” the other day, noticing that Tingle is really not that popular here in the west. We all know Tingle. He had his big debut in Majora’s Mask and since appeared in Oracle of Ages, The Wind Waker, Four Swords Adventures, and The Minish Cap; as well as staring in some games of his own that never became all that popular. Looking at his games, they almost seem like just fillers for the younger generations to play, it doesn’t define his character, it just furthers how odd he really is.
So how could Tingle redeem himself in the eyes of the player? Find out more after the jump!
A little background on Tingle: He’s a gross 35 year old man that wishes he was a fairy, he’s really flamboyant, and he has a cool catch phrase. “Kooloo-Limpah!” Oh, I’m sorry, those are his magic words. But how could Tingle be remade to capture the admiration of western Zelda gamers?
“There’s no definitive plan or anything. It’s just me off the top of my head. I know how hated the character of Tingle is in the U.S. I know that people cannot stand Tingle. But to me that challenge is: Could I take this character that is so reviled in the West and just [do] a complete turnaround and make him a beloved, fun character? The idea of that really just gets me going. I know we have made a Tingle game in the past, but maybe at some point down the road.
“It’s like love. It’s like romance: You meet someone and you’re like, ‘Oh god, I can’t stand that person.’ And then three weeks later, you’re madly in love — it’s that turn, that quick whip, that motivates [me] a little bit. If we we ever get a really successful Tingle game, maybe we will have like a big Tingle statue out there [points to Nintendo’s E3 booth outside the room’s walls].”
Maybe we’ll come to love Tingle one day. Personally I don’t think he’s that bad, I’ve always loved his character and how goofy he is, however creepy. Tell us what you think in the comments below!