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The Zelda Series Has A Timeline, But You Have To Figure It Out Yourself

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The idea that all of the Legend of Zelda games take place in the same universe (or a pair of parallel universes) along some mysterious timeline has been floating around for a bit, but Nintendo has only given out hints about the nature of it. Talking to Zelda Dungeon, Localization Manager Dan Owsen reveals that at one point, some employees wanted to help settle the debate once and for all by posting the correct order online, only to have Nintendo of Japan shut down that idea. Their reasoning was essentially that players should have the freedom to interpret events their own way, and that posting a definitive answer would stifle their imaginations.

I can't really blame Nintendo for not wanting to spill. With the idea that two different parallel universes spawned from all the time traveling in Ocarina of Time, explaining the situation could make the game sound like an episode of Fringe and not a fun fantasy adventure.

As for where the next new Zelda game fits in, there are rumors that Skyward Sword will be, chronologically, the first game in the series, although Miyamoto has only confirmed that it's set before Ocarina of Time. I'm sure there will be some awesome internet arguments about it once the game is out later this year.

Exclusive Interview: Dan Owsen Talks Zelda Timeline [Zelda Dungeon]
[via: VG247]

5 Comments

Keith said:

The whole Zelda timeline stuff is such a dumb waste of time.

Kite said:

@Keith:
I have to respectfully disagree with you. This isn't dumb at all. Many fans would like there a true timeline because its fun to play games in the correct order. No one wants to start a series at the 3rd game if they all link up story wise. Even though Zelda's stories do not require you to play any of the other ones it is still nice to know which game came first.

It's not dumb at all.

Tork said:

@Keith:

Ever tried reading a book that is from the middle of a series of books?

Lots of people, including myself, are intrigued to understand timelines and events that are from more than one source - it could be a book series or a group of games.

Resident Evil would be one of those groups of games that I think is very rewarding when you link multiple people and events and try to fully understand them.

Silver Phoenix said:

The Zelda timeline simply doesn't exist outside of Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker. Every game is on it's own timeline before and after. It wasn't until the Zelda "timeline" trend that Japan started screwing with fans of the Zelda series. It IS a waste of time because it always changes.

Keith said:

I suppose I should clarify - I think the notion of piecing together a timeline with so little to go on other than abstractions, euphemism, innuendo, and symbolism that occasionally crop up in the games, and with Nintendo obviously making no effort to be clear or forthcoming on the matter, is a dumb waste of time.

It's a waste of time because there simply isn't enough concrete information to make a definitive answer. If one person's timeline is just as valid as another, that betrays the weakness of both of them.

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