- This article is about the Tingle series as a whole. For information on the character, see Tingle. For the series of minigames unlocked in Four Swords Adventures, see Tingle's Tower.
The Tingle series of video games is a spin-off of The Legend of Zelda series. It is centered on Tingle, who originally appeared as a supporting character in Majora's Mask. The Tingle series began in 2006 with the release of Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. Since then, there have been two sequels to the game and a DSiWare app. While all three games share Tingle as the main character, the gameplay is different with each installment.
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
In November 2006, Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland was released in Japan. One year later, it was released in an English European version. The story begins when Tingle, a middle-aged man, is offered a life in Rupeeland, a Rupee paradise, by a mysterious character known as Uncle Rupee. Uncle Rupee guides Tingle, who goes on many quests and ventures into several Dungeons to gather rupees. Tingle is told that when he gathers enough Rupees and throws them into a magic spring, a tower will shoot fourth and take him to Rupeeland. This game was developed by Vanpool using Nintendo's permission.
Tingle's Balloon Fight DS
Tingle's Balloon Fight DS is a game that was only made available to Club Nintendo members in Japan. It was released in 2007, supposedly as a sequel to Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. It's very similar to the original Balloon Fight game for the NES, but it has several differences as well. It stars Tingle as the main character, and adds music from Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. It also has 20 pieces of artwork which can be "unlocked" by completeing various tasks. The game has three different modes of play. The first is similar to the original Balloon Fight, in which Link must advance through all 99 levels. The second is a multiplayer version of the first game type. The third mode is Balloon Trip, in which Tingle must advance from level to level while crossing to sea. He must dodge lightning bolts while collecting "gifts".
Too Much Tingle Pack
Too Much Tingle Pack is a Tingle DSiWare app that was released exclusively in Japan on June 24, 2009. It includes several applications like a calculator, a little dancing Tingle image, a fortune teller, a timer, and a coin-flipping minigame. The game can be downloaded for 500 Nintendo Points. It is currently only available in Japan, as DSiWare is region-locked.
Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love
Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love was released in Japan in August 2009, and has yet to see a European or American release. Similar to Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, the game starts with an ordinary, 35-year-old man. While he watches a sales program on television, the man learns of a book that is deemed to make its readers popular amongst the ladies. He orders the book, but he gets sucked into the world of a picture book when he opens it and transforms into Tingle. He learns that the only way to get out of the book is to dance with the princess of this world, which is the main goal of the game. The game is a parody of the The Wizard of Oz, where Tingle meets three friends, Kakashi, the scarecrow, Buriki, the tin-woman, and Lion, the lion. Together, they follow the yellow-brick road, and advance from page to page. Unlike the previous installation of this series, this is a point-and-click game. This game was also developed by Vanpool using Nintendo's permission.