The Timeline of Zelda

There are a lot of theories going around as to the chronological order of the Zelda games.  For a while I believed that each game is standalone, a different retelling of the same basic story.  However, I eventually decided that that cannot be true, as Wind Waker pretty much tells us that it takes place 100 years after Ocarina of Time.  This would mean that at least four of the games are directly connected.  (Ocarina, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker, then Phantom Hourglass)  So where do the other games fit in?  I had no clue.

Last night, I invited my cousin over to hang out and play some videogames.  As always, we wound up talking about Zelda.  He mentioned a theory where the timeline spits at Ocarina of Time, creating two parallel sets of events.  Well, this morning, I stumbled across a video explaining one possible interpretation of the split-timeline.  Now this video is from 2006, so its a little outdated, but it sparked an interest.  Here is the video in its entirety:

After watching it, I did a little research myself.  I read up on a few theroies at Zeldapedia.  (a list of timeline related articles can be found here)  And I eventually reached my own conclusion….there are some pretty crazy fanboys out there.  I mean they analyze every single detail of the game. Personally, what I have seen makes me think that the reason Nintendo has not given us an official timeline is because there is not one.  I think they make the games up as they go along, but provide throwbacks to the previous games as a wink to the fans.  (or as a way of tormenting these crazy timeline theorists)

Don’t get me wrong, I do not think they are standalone games, they do tie togather in some odd roundabout way.  It has even been confirmed by multiple people who work on the games that the Ocarina game splits the universes and that they are connected.  I just think there is no “right” answer and that the games were not made with the timeline in mind.

Nor do I think that it is wrong to come up with these crazy theories.  In fact, I quite enjoy reading fan theories.  I am not sure which theory I believe, but its fun to guess.

Who knows, eventually Nintendo may try to straighten out the games and create their own official timeline, which would be great.  But for now, I am just going to enjoy the fun of making up fan theroys and enjoy the games more.

1 Response to “The Timeline of Zelda”

  1. 1 rjapan
    July 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    This was a very interesting and enjoyable post to watch/read.

    I’ve sometimes thought about how all of The Legend of Zelda games come together.

    The games do deal with time quite a bit and sometimes alternate realities are made because of the choices that Link makes.

    I agree that it is fun to make up your own theories and timeline and hopefully in the future Nintendo will make maybe a few more games that will become the strings that connect each game together.

    Until then, I agree that it’s just fun to theorize with our own timelines.

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