The Japanese game Mogitate Tingle no Barairo Rupee Land was released in September 2006, and it seemed at the time to be one of those titles that people would shake their heads at in bafflement and mutter "Only in Japan." Not anymore: A translated Tingle will be coming to European DSs on September 14.
Tingle is an odd little character who wears a green leotard, and was originally a male pixie character from the Zelda series. The 35-year-old (and inexplicably still single) chap helped Link on his quests--starting with his first appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask--but only in return for cold, hard cash.
In this spin-off game, Tingle attempts to buy his way into a paradise called Rupeeland, which can only be accessed by throwing money into a pool.
Nintendo's press release reads, "One day while resting in his house a middle-aged man hears a voice, which leads him to a nearby pool of water. Here, Uncle Rupee reveals himself and explains that the pond is a gateway to paradise...Uncle Rupee then transforms the player into the mischievous Tingle."
Tingle can be moved around the screen using the D pad or YXAB buttons, and everything else is controlled via the touch screen.
Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland is due to baffle European gamers on September 14, and the recommended retail price is "around £25."