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Weird Video Wednesday: Ripening Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love (DS)

Well, well, well… what do we have here? It’s the game everyone was clamouring for in 2009: Irozuki Tincle no Koi no Balloon Trip, aka Ripening Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love! The name really says it all, doesn’t it? Too much, even. This is the sequel to the 2006 hit (seriously, quarter of a million units sold in Japan alone), Freshly-Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland. The first game came out in Europe and Japan only – the fact that it left Japan is surprising in and of itself – whereas the sequel was Japan-only. And the fact that the sequel remained Japan-only is most definitely not a surprise – let’s take a look.

I just… well… where do you even start with this? Well for one thing, why does the video begin with a crotch shot of Tingle? Secondly, did they have to turn the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz into a Tin Woman and give her huge breasts? What were they smoking when they decided that the Tingle origin story that explains it all should begin with a man watching a TV shopping channel and ordering a book to make him attractive to women, only to be sucked into the book and transformed into the Tingle we all know and… love? (We all find disturbing, more like.) Seriously, I need to know who came up with this hot mess of a plot so they can be brought to justice.

I have to say though the game at the very least looks amusing, and it’s testament to the expressiveness of the art and animation that much of the humour doesn’t require translation. My favourite part of the trailer is the parting moment, when Tingle kicks what he thinks is the lion’s bum, only for it to turn out to be a giant raccoon’s bum. The raccoon then proceeds to punch Tingle in the face repeatedly, drawing blood in the process. It shouldn’t be hilarious but it is. Why was Tingle trying to kick the lion in the bum in the first place anyway? What a dick. Now that Tingle’s ripening and no longer freshly-picked he ought to be more sensible, surely.

Rolling balls and shouting orders in Odama (Gamecube)

It’s Friday night, and cries of “rally”, “march left”, “advance”, “fall back”, and “press forward”, spill out of an open window onto the street. Every battle order is met with a cheer, as if from a group of soldiers. Who is this charismatic leader, managing troops in the dead of night, out of a small flat no less? Well, it’s me! Not graced with the ability to command battle-hardened soldiers in my day-to-day life, I get my thrills these days from Odama, the pinball-military simulation set in the warring-states period in medieval Japan. Continue reading

Persona 4 aka why I hate weebos

“Because they ruined Persona 4”, or something like that. This is a guest post by my partner – you know, I can’t wait to read her impressions of Persona 4: Golden Weebo edition, which I’ve heard actually adds more dialogue of a “comic relief” nature. There are some spoilers here, not *major*, but still, you’ve been warned. Continue reading