First to the basics, what you will need to make this connection is a Nintendo Game Boy Advance or a Game Boy Advance SP. In addition, you will need a Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Link Cable, which can be purchased from our online store. It is not required that you have any sort of cartridge or software for your GBA.
During your adventure in The Wind Waker, you will obtain the magnificent Tingle-Tuner which will allow Link to make contact with Tingle throughout your quest. This will be an equipable item that you can use in the overworld as well as in dungeons.
The Tingle-Tuner has many functions that will aid you on your adventure:
- Tingle can speak with you at any time
- A small 2D map can be seen on the GBA
- Hidden areas can be found
- Different items can be activated
- New places on the world map can be seen
- Secret events can be unlocked
- Two people can play along with the story
- You will never receive a Game Over with this extra help!
And much more!
The Tingle-Tuner‘s voice functions will give you hints on the overworld to find secret areas, or even in dungeons to solve puzzles, if requested. This new item can also give Link special abilities, for a suitable price of course, some of these include Complete Heart Recovery, a Shield to protect damage and there is even a function that can make Link walk on air, as seen in this picture. Tingle will also be used as a cooperative helper, like dropping bombs on markings, etc. These abilities will help you so you will hopefully never see the Game Over screen.
With the Tingle-Tuner, you have the entire world map at your disposal on your GBA. This means that places that are rather hard to find on your Game Cube are now very accessible and even more clear on your GBA. The best thing about this new feature, is that one of your friends can have control of the GBA and give you directions where to go, or what to look for on your in-game map. The whole point of the map feature is to get two people involved. You could just use the map by yourself, but what’s the fun in that?
The Tingle-Tuner is a great addition to the Zelda series that uses the GameBoy Advance – GameCube connectivity in a clever and innovative way, some of which we have outlined above. The number of uses is simply outstanding and it is undoubtedly a welcomed addition to the game. Now, even when you are in the hardest of dungeons, you need not be afraid because Tingle is at your side. Make sure you have the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Link Cable, and if you don’t, we would definitely suggest that you purchase one as soon as possible. It is a great investment and will greatly enhance the experience which is The Wind Waker.