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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Tingle Tuner

Tingle was first introduced to the Zelda series with Majora’s Mask, but the character had an even bigger role in The Wind Waker. Players encounter him fairly regularly during the adventure, and the Tingle Tuner was a notable part of the original release on GameCube. If that wasn’t enough, there was the Tingle Island as well.

Takaya Imamura had a lengthy and memorable career at Nintendo having come up with various characters like Captain Falcon, Fox McCloud, and yes, even Tingle. Imamura also worked on The Wind Waker during its early stages of development, and it seems that his involvement led to Tingle being more of a prominent character in the game.

First 4 Figures is gearing up for a new Zelda: The Wind Waker statue featuring Link on The King of Red. Yesterday, the company shared an unboxing video that offers a closer look. Take a look at it below.

You may know Davide Soliani as the creative director behind Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. But many years before that Switch game, Soliani wanted to work on another Nintendo franchise: Zelda.

During the GBA era, Soliani says he and artist Fabio Pagetti “almost convinced our managing director to let us produce a demo for a GBA version of Wind Waker.” Unfortunately, it didn’t get very far. There is also no working demo sadly.

Soliani shared the following on Twitter:

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess wasn’t the game Nintendo always intended it to be. Initially, development on the project began as a sequel to Wind Waker.

Series producer Eiji Aonuma actually “announced” Wind Waker 2 during a talk at GDC 2004. A slide included in his presentation showed that the game was in the works, though we know that plans ultimately changed.

Now we have some insight into the situation thanks to a new interview from The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. The book is coming west next February, but it’s out in Japan as “Hyrule Graphics”. And a section of the discussion with artist Satoru Takizawa talks about what happened back in the day.

In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the Forest Water is primarily used to heal Withered Forest Trees during an early part of the game. However, YouTube user Fish_waffle64 recently came across another usage: to essentially kill one of the game’s bosses instantly.

The Kalle Demos boss fight is normally a battle that would take the average player several minutes to complete. But if you use the Forest Water after exposing its core with the boomerang, it’ll go down right away.

Here’s a look:

What’s amazing about this is that the Easter egg works in the original Wind Waker on GameCube as well as the HD version on Wii U. That means, technically, the opportunity for it to be spread widely online has been there for years. It doesn’t really seem like something that’s really been publicized though!

Thanks to Jake for the tip.


Back when Monster Hunter Generations was launching in Japan, Capcom unveiled a special Zelda collaboration for the game. Players were able to dress their Palico as Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

This same collaboration is now confirmed for the west. Capcom prepared a new trailer today – highlighted below – showing Link in action. He’ll be available as free DLC.

If you ask someone what the most striking and memorable thing about The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is, they’d probably answer with the whole three-day cycle gimmick, Link’s many transformations or the creepy moon. But if you held a gun to their head and whispered “it’s Tingle” into their ear, they’d undoubtedly say it was this charming fellow. The life and legacy of Tingle isn’t extensively documented and leaves many unexplored questions. Is he human? Is he a fairy? Is he an offensive gay stereotype? But despite his mysterious nature, Tingle is a crucial character to the development of the Legend of Zelda series. In fact, there are no less than four different games out there with Tingle’s name in the title, which makes him just as important to the franchise as Link, whose name usually only appears as part of a lame pun. Just as the tale of the Hero of Time and the Triforce is constantly being retold, so too is the story of this unsung legend.

Asa Butterfield, the star of Ender’s Game, has quite a bit of experience with Nintendo gaming.

Butterfield told EDGE this month that he played Zelda: Wind Waker and Mario Kart: Double Dash on the GameCube. Wind Waker HD is what’s motivating him to pick up a Wii U, he said.

Butterfield’s comments in full:

My brother and I would play Driver and Metal Gear Solid on PS1, but the first console I had myself was a GameCube. I’d play The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Mario Kart: Double Dash for hours. The HD version of Wind Waker is what makes me want to get a Wii U.


San-ei Boeki is making a trio of Zelda: Wind Waker plush characters available. Link (small and medium), Zelda (small), and Tingle (small) are all getting their own dolls.

Pricing is set at 1,500 yen for the small plushes, which are 16 centimeters in height. The medium one, set at 2,500 yen, is 22 centimeters tall.


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