Nintendo almost made a horror game with Tingle as the main character

Takaya Imamura Tingle Zelda

Tingle, everyone’s favorite Legend of Zelda character. In all seriousness, though, the 35 year-old, fairy-loving man has become a staple of the series. First appearing in Majora’s Mask, Tingle’s been in nearly every title since. A recent interview with Kensuke Tanabe reveals that Nintendo even had plans for Tingle to star in his own horror game.

Looking back eight years ago, we were developing a horror game with Vanpool that starred Tingle as the main character,” said Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe. “But that project was canceled due to a variety of reasons,” he added.

Nintendo has created a few Tingle-led games, such as Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland and Tingle’s Balloon Fight DS. None of the titles launched in North America, however.

What do you make of a horror game revolving around Tingle? Could it have worked? Chime in below, let us know!


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