Back before Hyrule Warriors was released last year, fans enjoyed speculating about the characters that might make an appearance in the game. One character that came up in many a discussion was Tingle. After all, the game was developed by a Japanese company, Koei Tecmo, and Tingle is very popular in Japan where he even has a series of spin-off games. As it turned out, Koei Tecmo not only considered including him, but really wanted to have him in the game. The reason why he didn’t make it onto the character roster is because Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma said no.

During an interview, Koei Tecmo producer Yosuke Hayashi mentioned, “Tingle was a character we kind of considered and sort of went back and forth on. We really wanted to include him but Mr. Aonuma suggested that it might be good to include some other character.”

“We really wanted to include him but Mr. Aonuma suggested that it might be good to include some other character”

So there you have it. We don’t know exactly why Aonuma thought that some other characters may be better to have than Tingle. It might be because he’s not exactly the warrior type, or perhaps it’s due to him being less popular in the West than in Japan. Were you disappointed that Tingle wasn’t in Hyrule Warriors, or glad that you didn’t have to see him?