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Trying to make sense of the Legend of Zelda series' continuity is an exercise in futility, though some people still try. There are occasional references between the games, but Nintendo has shied away from making too many definitive bridges between titles. Would you believe that Nintendo itself claims to have a timeline in mind? And that the upcoming Skyward Sword takes place before the events of Ocarina of Time? Really?
Go Nintendo has posted an excerpt of an interview from Official Nintendo Magazine, in which series veteran Eiji Aonuma says that there's more of a method behind the apparent madness than we might believe.
“Yes, there is a master timeline but it's [a] confidential document! The only people to have access to that document are myself, Mr. Miyamoto, and the director of the title," he reportedly says. "We can't share it with anyone else! I have already talked to Mr. Miyamoto about this, so I am comfortable in releasing this information – this title [Skyward Sword] takes place before Ocarina of Time. If I said that a certain title was ‘the first Zelda game,’ then that means that we can't ever make a title that takes place before that! So for us to add titles to the series, we have to have a way of putting the titles before or after each other.”
Is this level of secrecy even necessary? Surely, Nintendo could just outright say that such and such was the first game in the series, and players would be sophisticated to know that means "so far." Nintendo fans are a forgiving lot. Just spill it already!
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I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!
There is absolutely ZERO point in hiding a time line from us.
Alot of the games probably technically take place before Ocarina of Time because tere is a seven year gap where we have no idea what happens when you go from kid to adult Link.
I have actually believed there was a timeline until nintendo said there wasnt one in 2006. Now they say there is one. Id say this happened back and forth 3 or 4 times. Now I believe they will be sticking with this plan though. Im just as excited as you are!!!!
I always thought that each game was a standalone adventure except with obvious sequels hence the name LEGEND like each game was a different version of the legend being told differently just like actual legends are. Plus the timelines I have heard make as much sense as shark on a skateboard eating a tofu dog.
never hide something like that
saying that nintendo fans are forgiving is an understatement
As big of a fan of The Legend of Zelda series that I am (OoT is my favorite game of all time period), I still don't understand the timeline of the franchise. But I wonder if it really is true that Nintendo has the official timeline hidden away, because like linktriforce said, they have flip-floped on this several times.
I guess we will never know...although I would sort of like to, lol.
Personally, I don't find it that difficult to understand the relative sequence of the games released thus far. It makes sense that this game takes place before Ocarina since part of the story has to do with where the Master Sword came from.
This also suggests that Ganon(dorf) will not be the antagonist in this game since he first rises to power in Ocarina (which also suggests that any game in which Ganon(dorf) does appear takes place after Ocarina).
The rest of the sequence can be understood by whether or not the game takes place in Hyrule and what condition Hyrule is in at the time (direct sequels outside of Hyrule notwithstanding).
i kinda thought that the idea was that link was just an ordinary guy untill zelda gets taken. how can he come from different places and there still be a timeline?
So there's more than just "Link fights Ganon and rescues Zelda through time", "Link fights Ganon and rescues Zelda and is werewolf.", or "Link fights Ganon and rescues Zelda but now some big boy Mr. man just got a brand new choo-choo train for his birthday. Toot toooot!"?
I'm not sure how you can timeline something like this without it feeling shoehorned in (read: Star Wars prequels). I call shenanigans.
How is that possible when the technology in the Skyward Sword already looks more advanced then in the Ocarina of Time, Nintendo made this up probably a few days ago.
that is really interesting..... i can't wait for skyward sword. Zelda is what got me into gaming in the first place.
Because THAT makes sense! Then why does he keep getting the stuff over and over (not just the Master Sword). Why doesnt he keep his bow from game to game?