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A Very Nerdy Conversation About Breath Of The Wild's Place In The Zelda Timeline

by Wade Wojcik on Mar 26, 2017 at 08:05 AM

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The Zelda timeline is a difficult topic. Even with the 2013 publication of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, which offered a Nintendo-approved take on the timeline, it is a still a mysterious, hotly debated account of when Zelda adventures take place. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in many ways, throws a few wrenches in the whole topic, with references to multiple Zelda games across the game's many proposed timelines.

As a result, Kyle Hilliard and I don't know exactly when Breath of the Wild takes place, or if it is on the timeline. We have our theories, and we decided to discuss them at length. Before you dive in, be aware that we discuss SPOILERS. We don't explicitly discuss the end of the game, but we show a few moments from it, and show off obscure hidden areas with surprising references to previous Zelda games.

After you watch, please share your own theories in the comments below! Breath of the Wild is so large that we wouldn't be surprised if we missed something big.

For more on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, head here for our review, here for the game's secret music, here for details about the Amiibo implementation, and here for the 11 locations that reference past Zelda games that we mentioned in the video. You can also check out all of our features from when the game was on our cover by clicking the banner below.