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Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland [import] review

Everyone's favorite map-making fairy is so money


  • Strange gameplay works
  • Making maps
  • reaping benefits
  • Purchasing system is great


  • Carpel tunnel controls
  • Wish Tingle was better fighter
  • Can't tell what's going on in battles

Oct 31, 2007

Hang on, isn’t Wario supposed to be the Nintendo character who’s all about the cash? We’re only asking because having played numerous games where the fat yellow AntiMario jumps through hoops just for a sniff at a chest of treasure, it’s strange to see somebody steal his main personality flaw, and do it so extravagantly.

In the Rosy Rupeeland, Tingle is money. The rupee is the only language anyone is willing to speak, and our hero actually bleeds the stuff whenever he gets hurt in a fight, which is often. It’s as though Nintendo didn’t want to tarnish Wario’s sheen of semi-respectability, and instead made poor, expendable Tingle the star of the most Warioesque game ever.

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GenreRole Playing
DescriptionThis bizarre little adventure works a lot better than you'd think it would, considering the hero is a 35-year-old man who dresses like a forest sprite.
US censor rating""
UK censor rating"12+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)