I have to admit that Rupees in most Legend of Zelda were useless. Obviously, certain items could only be bought by spending some dough but at the end of the day Rupees held very little value in Zelda games as most items can be found in the wild.
In the next installment – The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds – rupees will play a bigger role according to Eiji Aonuma.
Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, Mr Aonuma had this to say:
“Collecting rupees, the currency of the Zelda world, will be very important in this game. You might think that was the case with all the past games too, but I must say that this time it will be more important than ever and you will need to collect a great deal of them.
…Shops in the past Zelda games sold things that would run out once you use them like arrows and bombs, items that needed replenishing. They have never sold an item that doesn’t go away after each use like the boomerang or the hookshot.”
I’am having a hard time interpreting the last few lines. It seems you will be purchasing integral items from the bazaar. Mr Aonuma could be alluding to the possibility of buying signatures weapons such as the Bow and Boomerang,