Nintendo caused quite a stir in the Zelda community when they revealed the Zelda timeline late last year. However, series producer Eiji Aonuma has explained that the History Of Hyrule may contain some contradictions.
As Aonuma explains in the Hyrule Historia book, Nintendo's priority when creating the games is the gameplay rather than the story. In other words, they focus on the the game mechanics rather than worrying about how the games will fit together in a Zelda timeline. Does that mean they're making it up as they go along? This is what Aonuma had to say in the pages of Hyrule Historia, as translated by Glitterberri.
"Chapter 2, "The Full History of Hyrule," arranges the series in chronological order so it's easier to understand, but from the very beginning, Zelda games have been developed with the top priority of focusing on the game mechanics rather than the story.
"For example, in Ocarina of Time, the first installment of the series I was involved in, the main theme was how to create a game with pleasant controls in a 3D world. Or in the DS game, Phantom Hourglass, the focus was having comfortable stylus controls. Finally, in the most recent game, Skyward Sword, we focused on an easy way to swing the sword using the Wii MotionPlus.
"Thinking of that way of developing the games, it may be correct to say that the story is an appendix to that. I even think that setting Skyward Sword as the "first story," was merely a coincidence.
"While reading over "The Full History of Hyrule," it's possible that some parts may look contradictory. For instance, the Mogma race or the beetle item that appear on the very first story do not appear on any other game that takes place in the future. I'd like to ask everyone just to enjoy the book and to be broad-minded, and to think that those parts are the way they are because of the way Zelda games are developed."
Perhaps the bit he's asking fans to be broad-minded about is the bit where Zelda fails in Ocarina Of Time and it branches into The Link To The Past section of the timeline!
What do you think of Aonuma's statement?
[ Source: Kotaku ]