I know Link's little sidekick, Tingle, has a bad rep here in the U.S. He was a bit on the annoying side in his video game debut (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask on the N64), I'll admit--but that doesn't mean I've put him in the doghouse for good. No sir!
When I first read about Tingle's Freshly Picked Rose-Coloured Rupee Land (that's the Japanese name translated, folks), an RPG built around Tingle's backstory (oh behave!), my ears perked up immediately. I was even more interested when I saw the first screenshots of the game--it looked like a very surreal twist on an old SNES favorite, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
Considering the unpopularity of the main character, and the absolutely bizarre structure and storyline of the game, I never really expected the game to be released in the States. Early last month, though, word came out that the game had been translated into English and would be released in Europe sometime this year. Woo hoo! At the very least I knew I could import the sucker if I had to.
Well, it seems that may not have to happen. The latest issue of EGM magazine apparently states that Tingle's anti-RPG will be making its way across the pond later this year. No idea when, or what the final U.S. name will be, but I'm sure that will be forthcoming if the folks at EGM are telling the truth.
(BTW, if you've never heard of this game, check out IGN.com's preview, and a small video clip, here: http://ds.ign.com/articles/730/730642p1.html)