So the Zelda timeline is difficult to follow. We all know this. Even when you completely discount the CD-i installments, as everyone should, things don't really seem to move along in a linear fashion. According to Eiji Aonuma, who recently spoke to Official Nintendo Magazine, there is a timeline and it's located in a secret document that only a few of Nintendo's higher-ups have access to.
"Yes, there is a master timeline but it's confidential document," Aonuma proclaims. "The only people to have access to that document are myself, Mr. Miyamoto and the director of the title. We cant share it with anyone else!"
And where does Skyward Sword fit? Lucky for us Aonuma was given special permission by the fairy of all things holy and crafty himself, Miyamoto, to tell us.
"I have already talked to Mr. Miyamoto about this so I am comfortable in releasing this information - this title, Skyward Sword, takes place before Ocarina of Time. If I said that a certain title was 'the first Zelda game', then that means that we can't ever make a title that takes place before that! So for us to add titles to the series, we have to have a way of putting the titles before or after each other."
Wow...so it does all make sense? The Zelda stories always seemed timeless to me. It never mattered when one came in relation to another, it was the adventure and the story in and of itself that mattered most. Part of me likes to think that there is really no timeline at all, with each story being a alternate incarnation of the one preceding it.
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