Takaya Imamura, Tingle’s creator, retires from Nintendo

Takaya Imamura, an artist who worked with Shigeru Miyamoto in the production of renowned Nintendo video games Star Fox, F-Zero, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, is retiring today.

Imamura worked 32 years for Nintendo, and is popular likewise for producing the Zelda franchise’s map merchant, Tingle, who has actually made many looks because series and other video games over the previous 20 years.

空っぽの会社と自撮り(T ^ T)

Published by Takaya Imamura on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

(His message, according to a Kotaku translation, states: “This is my last day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty office. I guess I won’t be coming in here anymore. As you’d expect, I’ll miss it.”)

Imamura signed up with Nintendo in 1989 as work was currently underway on F-Zero, a Super NES racing video game that released in 1990. “After I joined, Miyamoto gathered some of the new employees and said we would be working on the new system,” Imamura remembered in a 2017 interview. “Even now, I clearly remember how happy that made me.”

F-Zero was initially developed as a wheeled-car racer, however portraying moving tires on the car included considerably more frames to Imamura’s animations. Imamura stated the group of 9 designers merely chose “to lose the tires and have the racers hover,” finishing video game’s futuristic appeal.

Imamura was likewise an artist for the group establishing Star Fox, the 1993 Super Nintendo video game that was the business’s very first to utilize polygonal graphics. Imamura created the characters, making them anthropomorphic animals at Miyamoto’s instructions. From there, Imamura designed the characters’ faces on his associates, however, with lead character Fox McCloud taking after Miyamoto and wingman Falco as Tsuyoshi Watanabe. (In a 2017 interview, Imamura exposed that Peppy is director Katsuya Eguchi, and Slippy Toad is long time Zelda designer Yoichi Yamada.)

freehand sketch of four anthropomorphic cartoon animals (an iguana, wolf, pig and monkey)

A sketch of the Star Wolf group, banes of Star Fox, that Imamura attracted 1994. It was consisted of with the downloadable digital handbook for Star Fox 2, which was lastly launched in 2017 with the SNES Classic.
Image: Nintendo

The most long lasting character Imamura created and rendered, however, is Tingle. Very first appearing in Majora’s Mask on Nintendo 64 in 2000, Tingle’s extravagant image and habits made him a comedy-relief preferred with fans. He returned in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and cameoed in numerous other video games, consisting of 4 of the 5 Super Smash Bros. (all however the very first) and 2014’s Hyrule Warriors. Tingle likewise starred in a series of Nintendo DS video games: Newly Selected Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland, Tingle’s Balloon Battle DS, and Ripened Tingle Balloon Journey of Love.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.