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Every Zelda game has connections to the ones that came before it. Breath of the Wild is no different, but there is a subtle way it takes the ongoing legacy of the series a little further. Be warned that while you won't find any major story spoilers for Breath of the Wild below, you will find the names of, and see a few locations that have not yet been shown. Here's a big picture of Link you will have to scroll past in case you've made the decision to not explore this article any further.
Perhaps as a nod to the way names are shared through history, there are many examples on Breath of the Wild's map of slightly misspelled names referencing specific past characters and locations.
Tingel island for example, is likely a reference to Tingle.
Minshi Woods could very well be a take on the word, Minish.
There's also a small island off the east coast with a Toronbo Beach (a play on Toronbo Shores) and a Koholit Rock (a play on Koholint Island) which are both from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
Along with the misspelled locations, there are also plenty that are completely accurate.
Linebeck was Link's reluctant assistant in the Wind Waker sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
He wasn't a crucial character, but Mido did appear in Ocarina of Time's Kokiri Forest.
Saria, a more crucial character from Ocarina of Time, is also referenced in the game's world.
You will also find the Rauru Hillside and...
...Ruto Lake. But those are not the only direct ties to Ocarina of Time.
One of the first locations you find in the game's opening moments is a dilapidated version of the Temple of Time. It's not identical to the temple that appeared in Ocarina of Time, but they do have the same name, and many similar features.
Finally, on page two of this feature, you will find two of the most surprising references to a past Zelda game – one of which raises questions about Breath of the Wild's place on the Zelda timeline.
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