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Video Game: Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland is a quirky little game for the DS, starring Tingle from The Legend of Zelda. In it, Tingle is an ordinary 35-year old man living in what may or may not be Hyrule. One day, a mysterious Rupee-shaped character promises him entrance to Rupeeland if he collects enough Rupees, and changes his name to Tingle, giving him his classic green suit.Despite being generally well-received, it was only released in Japan and Europe because Americans Hate Tingle. (If you want to play it, import it- it's region-free!) It received a sequel, Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love, which revolved around women instead of money, but this was never released outside of Japan. There was also a Balloon FightClone-Spin-Off featuring Tingle released prior to both games.
This game contains examples of:
Aliens Steal Cattle: Aliens had abducted the cows of Lon Lon Meadow and brought them back (a possible reference to Majora's Mask). The cows Tingle encounters all sport purple alien heads.
Boss Subtitles: Beetle Lord Death Bug, Captain Stalfos, Tri-Force Colored Plant: Bana Bana, Beetle King Ultra Death Bug, Undiscovered Parasitic Insect Gargantu-Bug, Fire Monster Dora Dora, Ultimate Boss Uncle Rupee, and Super Powered Uncle Grand Rupee. In Zelda tradition, Uncle Rupee's final form lacks subtitles, simply being called Rupee.
Continuity Snarl: Being a spinoff, it wasn't included in Hyrule Historia's official timeline, and with references to the rest of the Zelda series being sparse, it's clear that a relationship to other Zelda games was not a priority of the developers. Still, Canon Discontinuity has not been established, so it's been postulated by fans that it takes place somewhere after The Wind Waker after the Deku Tree from that game succeeds in terraforming the Great Sea and creating continents.
Crapsack World: One where people charge Rupees for advice, opening a shop to them, and letting them enter a town, and where people haggle and keep the money if they don't like the offer... It's no wonder that you succumbed to Uncle Rupee in the beginning. And there is no sign of any hero like Link... The few heroes charged Rupees to be heroic!
Rupeeland is worse, as everyone is forced to gather Rupees or die... and most of the Rupees go to Uncle Rupee.
Gotta Catch Them All: The 30 Rupee Goods qualify as either crucial or optional, because you don't need them to complete the game, but not having them all will get you the bad ending. There's also semi-important collections consisting of 23 Empty Jars, 11 maps with each a varying number of landmarks to be noted on, 31 Recipes, and one optional sidequest involving having hired and acquired the profile of all 30 official Bodyguards.
Grave Robbing: Want the Icy Bouillon recipe? Start digging! There's also a couple of dead adventurers' bodies to take loot from, but they aren't in graves.
Guide Dang It: A frustrating example would be the phases where you have to pay NPCs or vice versa. Another would be finding the recipe for Tasty Stew
Happily Adopted: Aba by Junglo. When Aba reunites and goes to live with her biological father, she and Junglo have a short, but heartwarming goodbye.
Aba: Bye, Forest Dad!
Hello, Insert Name Here: Played with: You can name the protagonist everything except Tingle, because that's the name he'll be given less than five minutes into the game. There's a few special NPCs that call you your real (i.e. your chosen) name.
Large And In Charge: The Grand Fairy, Captain Stalfos, the Yamatami chief and the Oinker boss. Uncle Rupee's final form, too.
Lonely Rich Kid: Paul Moneybags, because he thinks showing off his expensive possessions is a good way to make friends with the locals (the children in Port Town). It isn't, but when Paul leaves crying for being rejected, one of the kids does follow him to reveal money is for grownups and not interesting to them, but that they'd love to hear the stories of his travels around the globe and what it's like to fly in a balloon. Paul subsequently befriends them on those terms.
Metal Detector Puzzle: Using the Bone Ocarina to find the hidden pirate chests (not required) and opening them (required).
Mineral MacGuffin: Aside from collecting the regular rupees, you also have to get the Super Rupees, that act as the games dungeon counters, and the final Master Rupee.
Multiple Endings: There's a bad ending and a good ending. Oddly, the bad ending is actually much more interesting and thought provoking than the good ending, although you'll still feel cheated out of your victory.
Ninja: Yamori, one of the Drifter Bodyguards. Being able to hire him involves a miniquest of finding him a bunch of times and eventually explaining him why he fails his ninja-ism.
Obviously Evil: Uncle Rupee, who tells Tingle that throwing rupees into the pond will grant a life of luxury and comfort, isn't that clearly the villain when you first meet him. By the second story-proceeding donation though, you'll notice that Uncle Rupee's living more luxurious than when you met him.
Sequential Boss: Uncle Rupee has a normal form, a green powered up form, an orange powered up form, a red powered up form and finally a giant rupee head form.
Shout-Out: A few locations in the game are homages to The Legend of Zelda (Deku Forest, Lon Lon Meadows, Desma Mountain), and the Salona also look a lot like the Subrosians. One of the boss battles is also a parody of Punch-Out!!.
Snowed-In: Getting the recipe for Ultra Sleep Spray involves finding the remains of an adventurer who couldn't leave his secluded spot because of the snow storms. Poor guy had to cook with what he had and never woke up...