Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SFW: Nintendo's Official Legend of Zelda Time Line

While some of the games are direct sequels like Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask or Zelda & Adventure of Link for the most part the story lines in the series are pretty much the same core origin story of Link saving Zelda form Ganon told over and over with various differences in the details. This gave the series as a whole the feeling of having 1 "true" root story that has been retold and interpreted by a wide variety of cultures form various periods enough times for the real history of Zelda to become a "Legend". However there are plenty of details, characters, & locations that have a "chronology" to them even when the games themselves don't have any definite chronology with each other. this has lead fans to ask for a definitive time line or explanation of the nature of the Zelda games which both Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto have been evasive about.     
Now, after years of speculation and wild theories Nintendo has finally created an official set timeline for the Zelda franchise. Eiji Aonuma who has helped produce almost all of the newer Zelda tiles co-edited the publication of the book "Hyrule Histroia" which this chart comes form.

The diverging paths due to Zelda & Link's time shenanigans in OoT makes sense and has been a fan theory for a while;

Whoever made this got it spot on.

but what's up with that whole "The Hero is Defeated" path? Is this what happens if you get a game over and if so then why don't the rest of the games have a failed end? Or is there some 3rd secret end to Ocarina that I don't know about, like one in some Japan only magazine? 

Despite the oddness of an extra path I am glad Nintendo finally did this. 

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