Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
September 02, 2006
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland is the first game in the Tingle series and defines it as a spin-off to the Zelda series, since it stars Tingle, a recurring character from the Zelda series, and it's about Rupees, the currency from the Zelda series. Tingle appears with a slightly different design than his previous appearances, suggesting that it's a different incarnation of him, but this game also explains that "Tingle" is not the person, but rather a curse that fell upon him. Most players however consider this game and by extention the Tingle series not canon to the Zelda series.
Most enemies in the game are original, but some bear a strong resemblance to Zelda enemies, such as the Desma Four-Legged Spider, similar to the Tektite, and the Oinker enemies similar to Moblins. The only enemy to come directly from the Zelda universe is Captain Stalfos, since Stalfos are the living skeletons from the Zelda series. Due to many similarities, Captain Stalfos and his crew might even be based on the Piratians from Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons.A character looking arguably like Princess Zelda can also be seen in one of Tingle's hallucinations.
Additionally one of the areas in the game is the Deku Forest, where the Great Deku Tree is found, which is a tree originally from Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker. It looks similar to its Wind Waker incarnation, but also has a Deku Tree Sprout like in Ocarina of Time.
Another area is Lon Lon Meadows, which is named after Lon Lon Ranch from Ocarina of Time and also features a man highly resembling Ingo from that game.
Finally, the game features some additional minor references in sound effects and gameplay elements, notably the shovel and bottle items having the same function as in Zelda games.
Tingle's Balloon Fight DS
In this remake of Balloon Fight, while playing in daylight or sunset levels, the shape of a tower can be seen in the background. It is likely meant to represent the Tingle Tower from The Wind Waker and Four Swords Adventures.
Copyrights for both series are held by Nintendo.