Video Game / For the Frog the Bell Tolls

Since they were small children, the young Prince of Sablé and Richard, the Prince of the Custard Kingdom, were rivals in fencing. However, Richard always bested the Prince of Sablé, who dreamed to beat him some day. One day, word reaches that the Croakian Army, led by Lord Delarin, invaded the peaceful Mille-Feuille Kingdom and abducted Princess Tiramisu. Richard immediately sets out to save the kingdom, followed by the Prince of Sablé. With that, an adventure begins to save the Mille-Feuille Kingdom and Princess Tiramisu.

And frogs. A lot of frogs.

For the Frog the Bell Tolls (original title: Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru) is an action-adventure/RPG hybrid for the Game Boy, developed by Nintendo. It was influenced by their own The Legend of Zelda series, which inherited some elements of this game. The later released The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening shares an engine with it and has a cameo by Prince Richard in a house full of frogs and the even later released Super Mario RPG had a cameo by Prince Richard in frog form as an early non-boss enemy in the Japanese version (he's named Frogog in the translation). Since then, For the Frog the Bell Tolls hasn't gotten much acknowledgment by Nintendo, but Dr. Arewo Stein managed to appear as a recurring NPC in Wario Land 4, and there is a sticker of the Prince of Sablé in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Super Smash Bros. For Wii U/3DS, the Prince of Sablé appears as an Assist Trophy.

The game never got a release in America or Europe, but a complete fan translation exists.

This Game Provides Examples Of:

  • Affectionate Parody: the game as a whole is a comedic love letter to the RPG genre. For example, the Prince of Sablé keeps getting treated as the king of second bananas in comparison to Richard. Who, to wit, manages to tell to the first village you visit how easy it is to mock you. Players from nowadays say Richard was probably the inspiration for Blue and Gary Oak (from the Pokémon games and anime, respectively).
  • Bag of Spilling: The Prince begins the game filthy rich, but loses it due to unconcerned spending and thievery. He gets the stolen money back, but loses all his money again, this time to buy a potion that turns him back to a human.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Initially, the potion of Mandola turns the Prince of Sablé, Richard, and the entire Custard Army into frogs. Later, the Prince can change forms and even turn into a snake willfully.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: Frogs play a huge role in this game, as mentioned above.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The final battle is full of this.
  • Big Ball of Violence: How battles are generally done in this game. Getting stronger results in weaker enemies being defeated instantly, after which they fly off the screen.
  • Big WHAAT?!: The Prince, frequently.
  • Bland-Name Product: Nantendo, who apparently make strength-enhancing wristbands. Considering who made this game, it's doubtful that there were any legal reasons for this.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: After a boat owner lays down the law to the Prince of Sablé, the latter offers a small sum of coins to bribe his way to scene of the princess' abduction.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The stuff Dr. Arewo Stein is working on when he gives a upgrade to the Prince.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The Prince and his mining crew manage to outrun a volcanic eruption after unsealing the Snake Killer sword, despite it happening right behind them.
  • Damsel in Distress: The princes think Princess Tiramisu is this, but then find out that no one knows where she is.
  • Dub Name Change: The fan translation changes Dr. Arewo Stein's name to Dr. Knit, presumably due to text limitations.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Various locations and characters are named after sweets, such as the Sablé and Custard Kingdoms, Princess Tiramisu, and Mt. Bavarian.
  • Emergency Energy Tank: Wine.
  • Experience Points: Averted, the player has to find certain stones that raise his stats directly.
  • Eye Scream: Lord Delarin gets a sword thrown on his eye during the final battle.
  • Heart Container: Or rather, "Heart Stones".
  • Hearts Are Health: Not unlike the Zelda series.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The player gets to name the Prince of Sablé.
  • Heroic Mime: Averted. The Prince might not have a canon name, but he does have a voice.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The Prince can't win against the mammoth. He then resorts to mind control.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Wine, and even bugs when he is a frog, replenish the Prince's health.
  • Hyperactive Sprite: All of the human NP Cs.
  • Idiot Hero: The Prince of Sablé.
  • Insistent Terminology: Dr. Arewo Stein insists that the Hyper Glove is not simply a Work Glove, even breaking the fourth wall to correct the game itself.
  • The Maze: The way to the witch Mandola on Mt. Bavarian. Thankfully, the way is described on a sign near the entrance.
  • Money Spider
  • Mushroom Samba: The Prince of Sablé eats an apple that messes with his head and causes his tongue to go numb, though he snaps out of it once Richard appears. Mandola describes it as causing relaxing dreams.
  • NPC Roadblock: Frogs and snakes with "bad attitudes" block some paths.
  • Playboy Bunny: The waitresses at the bar in the town of Pudding.
  • Pointed Ears: The witch Mandola.
  • Point of No Return: Lord Delarin's throne room.
  • Real Person Cameo: Shigesato Itoi mining for gold. No, really.
  • Recurring Riff: Almost all of the songs in the game contain the same short, six-note tone, which later appears in Richard's Villa during his cameo in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Lord Delarin, the leader of the Croakian Army, is a snake.
  • The Reveal: The witch Mandola is really Princess Tiramisu in disguise.
  • The Rival: Prince Richard.
  • RPG Elements: To a small extent. The Prince doesn't level up via an experience system, but he can obtain items and equipment that increase individual stats.
  • Running Gag: The Prince continuously loses and regains a large amount of money over the course of the game. However, it's never around when you can use it to shop.
  • Schizo Tech: On the surface it's a generic fantasy land with Medieval Stasis, but there are modern-day corporate buildings, robots, among other things.
  • Shout-Out: After he finishes the maze on Mt. Bavarian, the Prince of Sablé remarks that he saw the trick before somewhere.
  • Side View: The dungeon levels are mostly made of such segments.
  • Spikes of Doom: Small spikes deal little damage. Big ones kill in one hit.
  • Top-Down View: The usual view, aside from the Side View segments.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The final part of the battle against Lord Delarin.
  • When Trees Attack: Fear Trees, which start out as tough enemies but are much easier to take down later in the game.
  • Wicked Witch: Mandola.

Alternative Title(s): Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru, The Frog For Whom The Bell Tolls