is an action-adventure video game
developed by Vanpool
and published by Nintendo
for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console
. It was first released in Japan
, and was released in Europe
on September 14, 2007, a year after its Japanese release. A North American
release has not been announced. It stars Tingle
, a character who has appeared in many recent games in The Legend of Zelda series
starting from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
for the Nintendo 64
The plot of Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
follows Tingle's transformation from a rather ordinary middle-aged man into his green-clothed fairy persona. Such a story starts when one day a voice calls Tingle from his home to a spring west of his house. There, Uncle Rupee, an old man with a Rupee
-shaped head, appears and offers Tingle a life in a paradise called Rupeeland if he continues to feed Rupees to the Western Pool. If enough Rupees are fed, the tower found under the pool will grow upwards towards the sky, and Tingle will be able to enter Rupeeland. Tingle accepts the offer and Uncle Rupee transforms him so that Rupees become his source of life. However, at the end of the game, the player learns that Uncle Rupee has been deceiving Tingle all along, causing Tingle to battle against him.
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
features three continents
divided into eleven islands
. Each island is themed differently and usually contains its own dungeon or has a central puzzle the player must complete.
- The First Continent consists of five relatively small islands. Of these islands, Hometown Prairie is the starting point and remains an important place throughout the game. Its most important features are the Tower, Tingle's house and Port Town. The other islands are Sunshine Seashore, Cape Treasure, Lon Lon Meadow (a reference to Lon Lon Ranch) and Deku Forest.
- The Second Continent consists of three medium islands: Steamy Marsh, Gooey Swamp and Icy Plain
- The Third Continent consists of three big "islands" (they are in fact, connected to each other). Mount Desma (implied to be Death Mountain) is the most prominent part of the Third Continent. Its top is inhabited by the Yamatami Tribe. The other two islands are Fairy Garden and Auros Ruins.
- — Initially called by his "real" name (a name has to be chosen for him at the start of the game), he is a 35-year-old man who is tricked into helping Uncle Rupee reach Rupeeland. By agreeing to help, he is transformed into a green-clothed hero whose Rupees are his lifeline.
- — Tingle's assistant. She is a Fairy who was captured by Uncle Rupee and forced to aid Tingle in his quest. During the game, she assists Tingle via a Nintendo DS-like machine in his home, and also through the Tingle Tuner when Tingle is out travelling.
- — Tingle's pet dog that Tingle meets very early in the game. He will fetch Tingle Rupees if given bones.
- — The one who transformed Tingle. Uncle Rupee asks Tingle to bring him Rupees throughout the game. As a reward, he promises to bring Tingle to Rupeeland, a Cockaigne-like paradise. As you progress though the game, it is strongly implied that Uncle Rupee is not to be trusted and it is revealed towards the end that Uncle Rupee has, indeed, been tricking Tingle throughout the game. As such, Uncle Rupee is the game's final boss.
The object of Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
is to continually build up a tower found under a spring to the west of Tingle's house. To do this, the player must feed Rupees into the tower. Subsequent gameplay is built upon finding as much money as possible, but also mixed with traditional Zelda
dungeon adventuring and puzzle elements. Among this, however, is a deep bargaining system for interacting with NPCs
, as items and information must be bought via offering what the player thinks is a suitable price. If the price is too low, the player may not receive anything, but if the price offered is too high they may be needlessly spending too much.
Nonetheless, finding and collecting money remains the core goal of Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, and there are many ways to achieve this.
Dungeons within Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
are found on each of the game's three continents, and are a necessity to complete the game. By completing a dungeon, not only does the player receive what are typically the biggest Rupee rewards, but by defeating the end-of-dungeon bosses they also receive one of five gems. Even if the player has successfully built the tower to its tallest height, they must have collected all the gems to access the final location.
Accessing these dungeons is limited by the height of the tower, as certain areas can only be accessed once the tower is a certain height, and thus after the player has donated enough Rupees into it.
Although completing dungeons can be likened to that in The Legend of Zelda
series, combat is very different from the combat elements of such a series. Instead of having a large amount of direct input into the battles, within Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
the player simply engages an enemy, at which point both Tingle and the enemy character turn into a ball of dust as they fight. Then the player can either tap the screen to rally support for Tingle, or use the D-pad
(A, B, Y and X for left handed people) to move the fight around the screen.
Although Tingle's Rupee count depletes as he fights with an enemy, successfully defeating one results in receiving Rupees and rare items. By engaging multiple enemies in battles, by moving the dust cloud over them, although Tingle loses more Rupees early on in the battle, the amount of rewards multiply.
Furthermore, to assist Tingle in battles, the player can acquire bodyguards as support characters to help him in combat and dungeons. These bodyguards are found in "Bodyguard Salons", and there are thirty of these characters overall, who must be bargained with for them to help. These characters come in small, medium and large sizes, such description reflecting their strength and power parameters.
Tingle can collect items along his journey, selling them later for profit or using them to aid support characters or other NPCs. Items can also be mixed together to create different variations. These are made via the boiling pot in Tingle's home, where the player uses the stylus to stir the mixture. Other items can be used to decorate the top floor of Tingle's house, and completing the game allows the player to change Tingle's clothing.
Whenever the player enters a new location within Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
, the player will receive an incomplete map. By filling in and completing the map, via circling (with the stylus) points of interest which are not shown on it, the player can then show the map to an old woman in the nearby port town and receive a fixed sum of money. By selling the completed map, however, the player loses access to the map until they buy it back from the woman.
Following several articles and import reviews in various international monthly publications, like Electronic Gaming Monthly
and Nintendo Power
, Official Nintendo Magazine
, the official Nintendo magazine in the United Kingdom, reviewed the title under the name of Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
in its March 2007 issue, stating a release of the game that month. In early January, 2007
, website Cubed³ reported that Nintendo had confirmed to them a European release for 2007, but it was not until June 21
, that Nintendo officially announced that the game would be released in European countries under the same title used by Official Nintendo Magazine
When the game was translated for its European release, many names of creatures from the Zelda
series were not retained. For example, Octoroks are simply called Octopus, a Zora head statue is called a "fish head statue." The Stalfos pirates are simply called "Skeleton pirates" and the Salona look strikingly similar to Subrosians from Oracle of Seasons
, and were most likely meant to be so.
It is possible this land Tingle lives in is very separate from the rest of the world, and names things differently, and Subrosians are named after their surroundings (Subrosians live in Subrosia, Salona work in Salons).
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland has received mostly positive reviews from the few outlets which have reviewed it. Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game a score of 76%, praising the game's uniqueness, humour and "fantastically stylised graphics", but criticizing it for dull dungeon design and a poor battle system. When the review was reposted on the magazine's website upon the game's European release, however, the score was changed to 72%. gamesTM gave it a score of 60%, whilst NGamer gave the Japanese version a score of 69%, and the English version a score of 75%.