Saturday, May 21, 2011

There’s a legitimate Zelda timeline? And Nintendo is keeping it a secret from you? What!?

If you’re a real Zelda nut, then at one point or another, you probably tried to make sense of the chronological order of series yourself; perhaps you even drafted a timeline that you believe holds authenticity?

You just might have come to the conclusion however, (after hours of self conflicting brain damage) that there's no true chronological order for the Zelda games, and that everything is just a compiled mess of theories and themes that intertwine, holding no real meaning.

According to Nintendo, you’re dead wrong.

Nintendo’s Dan Owsen (former software developer for Nintendo that played a big role in Zelda game translations) said that yes, there is indeed an actual timeline of the series.

Owsen explains:
“You know, at one point we had drafted a timeline and wanted to make it available online, 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 wanted to keep it open for how each player views the chronology of the series..”

I do agree that some things are better left to the imagination; like Link speaking for example, I believe it would be a huge mistake by Nintendo to give him actual dialog, the yells and screams are holding up fine.

But the question of what the real Zelda timeline is, that’s something I’m sure everyone is willing to sell their cat to find out!

Just who is it hurting to release the timeline? Okay, Maybe the cats feelings, but he'll get over it in "time".

Come on Nintendo, give us a hint at least!

Source: (Destructoid)


NinSage said...

It is very interesting to think about Nintendo having a "real" timeline locked away somewhere.

And, yes, I am quite pleased with the timeline I drafted up for myself ;-)

It's not that I needed a timeline. In fact, even though I am obsessed with fictional chronologies (see my Wallpapers available on this site or my DeviantArt account for proof), I actually kind of prefer thinking of the Zelda fiction as a series of separate ..... series'. =P

In other words, Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass are in the same timeline, but I doubt it's really the same as the one for Zelda II, for example.

That's just my take anyway.

As far as link having a voice, I know it would probably only create another Other M-style debacle of hatred and anger. But, I loved Other M. I would probably also love a well-voiced Link ^_^
... just my opinion. No one has to agree. ^_^

Supa said...

Hey NinSage! Thanks for posting!

I see what your saying about the timelines, being in their own series.

I guess it would be like Ocarina and Majora's Mask, they are sorta grouped together.

And don't worry about that voice thing, I wouldn't judge anyone who would want it.

But if it did happen one day, I would really want it to be done by someone Miyamoto hand picks. It's his character, and I think it would be best for him to have the final say.