Leilani (Tina) (Hudson's Adventure Island/Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima)
Release Date: September 12, 1986
Developer: Hudson Soft/Escape
Publisher: Hudson Soft
Role: NPC (Damsel)
Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes
Introduction: Princess Leilani (or Tina, depending on the localization) has been kidnapped by the Evil Witch Doctor, and it's up to Master Higgins to rescue her. ...yes, that's about as deep as it gets here. Adventure Island was originally a Famicom port of Wonder Boy, Westone Entertainment's (then known as Escape) Master System title...that is essentially the same game as this one. Along the way, Hudson decided to honor one of their employees, the fast-fingered Toshiyuki Takahashi, and remolded the lead character into Takahashi Meijin, a caricature of Takahashi. Thus, the game became its own series, as Westone took Wonder Boy into a more fantasy-oriented direction, while Hudson kept plugging along with additional Adventure Island titles.
In America, Takahashi Meijin became Master Higgins. Tina is a holdover from Wonder Boy, but featured a new name only in the English manual, Leilani – Tina was curiously retained in the Japanese version of the game as well as the ending credits of the American localization (showing how little Hudson USA actually put effort into the in-game text of this). In Adventure Island II, Leilani gains a sister named – guess! – Tina, who must then be rescued, and thus becomes the permanent damsel in the series. That isn't confusing at all! And then, adding even more weirdness to their localization history, Hudson sometimes called her Jeannie Jungle in later games, but failed to do that across the board, so you have Tina and Jeannie being named the same character in different materials for the games to follow. Jeez. For simplicity's sake, I'm going to operate under the assumption that the American manual for Adventure Island is incorrect, and that Leilani, Jeannie and Tina are all the same character. It'll make a lot more sense that way. I apparently need to do a Culture Clash article on this.