Jun 18th, 2013


How do you feel about Tingle, from the Legend of Zelda series? He’s a much lauded character, getting his own game on the DS in Europe and Japan, but the general consensus here in the United States is that he’s one of the worst characters in the series. Kensuke Tanabe of Retro Studios recently joked that he’d love to turn that perception around.

“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?”

Tanabe goes on further to describe the process as something akin to romance, where two people meet and can’t stand each other, only to fall in love a bit later. That’s the process that Tanabe described as motivating his desires to create a Tingle game that even people in the United States would love.

How do you feel about Tingle? Tanabe’s comments are all purely hypothetical and nothing is in development, but would you play a game featuring Tingle if it were made for Wii U? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • wober2

    I love tingle! I did not know he was hated…

    • Nintedward

      He was ace in Majora’s Mask ! See him floating around!!

      • everyone

        His character was hilarious. I loved snapping a pic of him and showing the guy at the photohut. Poor guy is embarassed about his son.

  • Shadriczo


    NO!!!!!!!!!! GOD PLEASE, NO!!!!!!!!!! <- {Reaction to haters}

  • I’d buy another Tingle centric game without hesitation. Hell, I even imported the Tingle DS game from Europe. Too bad the irrational hatred of this character kept a good game from coming stateside.

  • Nintendude
    • Austin Buffin

      basically sums up the article

    • wober2

      somehow this pick reminds me of zombies…

  • Wanderlei

    Stop forcing us to like things we dont. But that time in and effort in to making something people like.

  • Sdudyoy

    I don’t hate Tingle, he just really creeps me out.

    • Mario

      You too?

  • Tim van Broekhoven

    I loved Tingle’s rosy rupee land! 😀

  • Rolando Belber

    Yeah okay just change his appearance completely.

    • Thomas Vienna

      Yeah, it’s mainly his appearance. I know he’s supposed to be 35 years old, but don’t make him look so much like he’s that old if he’s going to be wearing a fairy costume (no offense to people in their 30’s). That, and does his name have to be Tingle?

      EDIT: Maybe that sounds narrow-minded… you should be able to express yourself no matter how old you are. But still, Tingle just looks too creepy.

  • zerooooo

    Does anyone know if theres going to be a next 3ds revision?

  • david jarman

    Not for all of us.

  • Agent721

    Tingle blows.

  • Super Buu

    Is it even possible?

  • CyanideInsanity

    I wonder just how many actually hate him. I don’t hate him, but he is the butt of a joke, so to speak.

  • Desend

    God no, leave Tingle elsewhere. I hate this character.

  • Scott Duperree

    I thought Tingle was a funny character in Wind Waker. He is a creepo for sure, but I don’t mind him.

  • Am I a fellow American who lives in Europe? As Tingle is LOVED in Europe? wtf, no way, I hate tingle even more the the most hated games I ever played in the past, present and future. Tingle Sucks. I never like him, and never will either, the only good thing about this tingle is that he has treasure(s).

    K K that is overly exagerrated, I don’t hate Tingle, but I don’t love him either, as long as he sticks in Zelda games I’m fine with it, I’ll just get his treasure and ignore him for the remainer of the game.

    He actually has it’s own game in Europe yes, I have seen it before as well and I stay far FAR away from it 😛

  • DereX

    “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 west will never love Tingle.

  • Pikachief

    Retro Studio’s next game is a tingle RTS / Fighting game RPG.

    Tingle in mario kart CONFIRMED

    Tingle in Smash Bros CONFIRMED

  • Guest

    He is comparing Tingle to an unhealthy relationship… He wants us to meet and hate eachother but then fall in love?

  • Linskarmo

    He’s creepy. I don’t hate him, but it would take a lot to make me like his character.

  • bizzy gie

    I have no idea who Tingle is, but I already hate him just because of his face.

  • Arthur Jarret

    He’s not loved at all in europe…
    however, his DS game was AWESOME

  • $41809923

    no no game of this character

  • PKUltima

    The west loves to hate Tingle, is that close enough?

  • RetroSquid

    I don’t hate Tingle, not at all… He’s a bit creepy, but that’s it… Looking forward to using the WiiU Gamepad as a Tingle-tuner in Wind Waker HD!

    • Gameroy8

      sadly that’s not happening…. which SHOULD have happened but got replaced with the stupid miiverse thing. no one cares about your crap in their own game.

  • Ony

    Tingle game… well, why not, with a huge background and epic story, really sad, we’ll see why he have so much.. issues… with fairies… (childhood rape perhaps ?)

    Tingle game: yes.
    By Retro Studio: HELL NO, they’re too busy making a new Metroid Trilogy. Please. I beg you ;_;

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    The fact that his name is Tingle rubs me the wrong way, but that’s just me.

    • majora :D

      Tingle… rubs… you? D:

      (I know what you mean, it’s just that as a non native english speaker I found it funny)

  • Your money

    tingle is a very odd character. And with oddness, comes with a unique character. These days, there aren’t that many characters with an odd personality. They are mostly serious, or in Nintendo’s case, imaginative. so i think tingle deserves some kind of love.

    • NkoSekirei

      u mean creepy

  • Kirbyomega

    What if they made a first person shooter in which you had to help Abe Lincoln save the world from vegetables and exercise monsters, while flying around in mechas and collecting golden hamburgers that increase the power of your war eagle… Starring Tingle as the main character. I’m pretty sure any american would love tingle after that.

    • majora :D


      • XxLitning_StrikerxX

        This would be america’s #1 game off all time and will represent this country LOL!

  • Madmagican

    I enjoy Tingle as a character; I just think he’s a little too creepy for some people
    I didn’t even know people didn’t like him until this article was made

  • JeanPaul

    Little does he know the west is mostly only into brownish-grey realistic 1st and 3rd person shooters…

  • iceazeama

    point of game…. try to get as many little boys to come with tingle before you get thrown in jail again.

  • everyone

    I’d play a comical game staring Tingle as a LoZ style.

  • sdmac200600

    But I like Tingle and I’m in the West. How can you not like Tingle?

  • Christopher Acuna

    No! Damn you tingle! Damn you to hell!!!

  • Xavier Lopez Chabelo


  • Gameroy8


  • majora :D

    What’s wrong with you people, Tingle’s the most baddass, sexiest, coolest character ever

  • I_I

    I don’t hate he just an old creepy man what not love about him

  • Johny

    ugh.. he’s just so creepy and … ugly… and disgusting.. and gay..
    but hey.. dont really mind him for as much as he appears in the zelda series

  • tornmage

    The only wiiu game starring tingle I want is one where I can take a gun and shoot this motherfucker in the face.

  • companyoflosers

    okay so to address why americans dont like him… just look at our news and media, it is filled to the brim with depressing stuff like terrorists, deaths, kidnappings and pedophiles. we see this stuff EVERY DAY! now you put a 35 year old man in a bright green condom suit who doesnt want to grown up and says he’s a fairy?! thats setting off everyones “i need an adult” flag right there!sure that might fly in japan where it might be viewed as comical, but in a country as cynical as the US where the first reaction to stuff like this is… “you gay or something?!”. You might just want to re-evaluate your presentation of the character just a little. even I understand the cultural differences and I still find him obnoxious, creepy and unnecessary. either design an alternate version or just take him out in the american versions because i actually get a tad pissed off whenever I see him. now ill say everyone is entitled to their opinion and i see there are a few who would disagree with me on this page and i applaud you for your acceptance, but i will NEVER enjoy tingle in a zelda game or even in his own game if he stays like he is.

  • Nicholas Perkins

    tingle is only creepy but he is funny