Kotaku has a nice little report about the new Tingle games, including some fantastic Famitsu scans.
Game number one is a full sequel to Freshly Picked Tingle’s Rosy Ruppeland, this time called Color Changing Tingle’s Love Balloon Trip. The theme this time, it seems, will be love. So instead of greedily scouring the world for money he’ll be looking for a life-partner. I use this non-gender-specific term intentionally, of course, because of the general assumption that Tingle is gay. Preview images for the new game suggest that Nintendo will be setting the record straight by setting him up with a string of attractive women but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a hunky man-shaped twist toward the end of the game. This is a Tingle title, after all, and it’s bound to have some risque element to it… Unless the game has been specifically designed to break America by nixing the one problem that most yanks seem to have with the character.
Game number two, meanwhile, is less expected but no less welcome. It’s a DSiWare title appropriately named Too Much Tingle and seems to be a wacky collection of mini-games and utilities. There’s a fortune teller, a stopwatch, a calculator, a coin toss and, weirdly, a dancing marionette. Each one comes with its own unique twist, like the calculator that is designed for men and women to split the bill for their meal… And not necessarily equally. 🙂
Those of you who own a Japanese DSi will be pleased to hear that Too Much Tingle is already available for 500 Nintendo Points. The rest of us will have to wait for confirmation of a worldwide release.