Takaya Imamura the designer of Tingle has now retired from Nintendo

Prestigious Nintendo video game designer, Takaya Imamura, who has worked on key Nintendo franchises such as F-Zero, Star Fox, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, has announced via Facebook that he has decided to retire from the Kyoto-based company. Mr. Imamura is possibly best known as the designer of the flamboyant The Legend of Zelda character, Tingle. Mr. Imamura originally joined Nintendo in 1989 as a graphic designer. Here’s what he said:

“This is my last day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty office. I guess I won’t be coming in here anymore. As you’d expect, I’ll miss it.”

Takaya Imamura

With his pointy ears and green suit, one might mistake Tingle for a forest fairy. He’s not actually a fairy (much to his dismay). But he is good at making maps, and that seems to be good enough for Link.




  1. He has left Nintendo on great talents young and old. He is a legend through and through.
    Takaya Imamura Nintendo heavenly royalty.

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