It's the mystery that Zelda fans have been talking about for years. What is the exact chronology of the Legend Of Zelda games? Well, Nintendo's Dan Owsen has admitted that Nintendo Of America wanted to end the mystery by releasing a draft of the Zelda timeline online.
Owsen, who was the English script writer for games such as Legend Of Zelda: Link To The Past, Link's Awakening and Ocarina Of Time, told Zelda Dungeon that Nintendo Japan vetoed the move to make the timeline public.
"At one point we had drafted a timeline and wanted to make it available online," said Owsen. "We showed it to the guys in Japan and they basically told us that it would be best if we didn't post it. They do have a timeline that has continuity between the games but they wanted to keep it open for how each player views the chronology of the series."
He added: "There are a lot of connections between the games, but they do have a timeline that has continuity. It's up to the player to place all the pieces together."
Yet despite wanting to make the timeline available for all to see, Owsen understands where the developers of the game are coming from.
"The developers feel that posting a full narrative would take away from the players' imagination. Part of what makes the series so special is the legend that spans across the series and they wanted to preserve that in the players' vision.
"It's also why they have never given Link a voice. The story is told as if the player is Link. Giving him a voice would eliminate that attachment."
However, Nintendo Japan do occasionally drop hints about the Zelda timeline. Last year Zelda mastermind Eiji Aonuma admitted that Skyward Sword takes place before Ocarina Of time.
Want to know how the Legend Of Zelda games fit together? Here's our take on the Zelda timeline.
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