Kensuke Tanabe, the producer on the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, spoke about a character that he would love to bring to Wii U. That specific character would be Tingle, from The Legend of Zelda games. Tanabe joked that he finds the idea of a new, standalone Tingle game extremely compelling. Here’s what he had to say about Tingle .
“There’s no definitive plan or anything,” he warned me at first. “It’s just me off the top of my head.” But as Tanabe spoke in Japanese, the room suddenly exploded into laughter. It took a second for the translator to calm down and tell me what he said.
“I know how hated the character of Tingle is in the U.S,” Tanabe started. “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. …”
My reaction gradually changed from horror, to bewilderment — is he serious!? — and finally to curiosity as Tanabe explained himself.
“It’s like love,” Tanabe said. “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],” said Tabata.
“Retro does Tingle!” Kelbaugh added, playing along with the joke. Another round of laughter swept through our little room.