It's the moment that Legend Of Zelda fans have been waiting for. The Legend Of Zelda timeline is explained in a new book called Hyrule Historia. It's out today in Japan and one fan who has purchased it has revealed the contents.
According to the fan, the main timeline begins with The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword which is followed by Minish Cap and Four Swords but it all gets confusing around Ocarina Of Time when it seems that the timeline splits three ways depending not only on the time differences within the game but also on the outcome of the N64 adventure.
If Link defeats Ganon and continues on his childhood path, the story continues with Majora's Mask while the Adult Link timeline continues with Wind Waker. However, according to this interpretation as posted on Kotaku, the Link To The Past timeline is based on the assumption that Link failed. Failed to do what? Defeat Ganon? But didn't we do that? Well, Ocarina Of Time was quite hard so perhaps for some people, things move on to Link To The Past.
1. Skyward Sword
2. Minish Cap
3. Four Swords
4. Ocarina Of Time
Split 1: Link defeats Ganon - childhood branch
a) Majora's Mask
b) Twilight Princess
c) Four Swords Adventures
Split 2: Link defeats Ganon - adult branch
a) Wind Waker
b) Phantom Hourglass
c) Spirit Tracks
Split 3: Link fails in Ocarina Of Time
a) A Link To The Past
c) Link's Awakening
d) The Legend Of Zelda
e) The Legend Of Zelda II
What do you think of the timeline?