The History of Hyrule and the Legend of Zelda

Posted: January 8, 2012 in Video Games

It is interesting that the Zelda franchise has gone on for so long without an explanation of the connection between the individual games. I have had my many theories but, in a recent release, Nintendo has finally released somewhat of an explanation of the storyline. Here is an image to get a sense of the timeline:

What is interesting about this recent release is that it takes an approach that the legend actually starts with one progression but breaks into three different tracks based on Link’s success or failure in Ocarina of Time. My original belief was that the progression was actually something like this (with some of the game stories I do not know being omitted):

  • Skyward Sword
  • Ocarina of Time
  • Majora’s Mask
  • Twilight Princess
  • Link to the Past
  • Link’s Awakening
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Adventure of Link
  • Wind Waker

In this version, Hyrule is created and saved from the evil Demise, but his spirit remains and transforms into Ganon/Ganondorf. Locked away in the other realm, he is revived in Ocarina of Time when a new hero of destiny awakens in Kokiri Forest. Able to drive Ganondorf back into the shadow realm, he returns to his childhood and winds up battling the skull kid. At least a generation later, Zelda is a princess captured in the Shadow Realm. Link is awakened as the hero of destiny and opens a connection between the light and dark worlds. Ganondorf reveals his reawakening, but Link and Zelda drive him back again. A wizard is able to pull together the light and dark worlds again, forcing Link and Zelda back on the offensive. After defeating Ganon again, Link takes his vacation but winds up in a new adventure when he gets caught in a storm. The triforce being locked away, Ganondorf is able to free himself again and seek out the triforce for a wish. A young hero arises and is able to take down Ganon, and then prevent his return. Years later (possibly due to global warming), the face of the world has changed. Waters have flooded the land and people live by the open waters of the ocean. Ganondorf, struggling with reduced power, works to rebuild his empire once realized at the time of The Legend of Zelda.

I do not know if the picture above is 100% accurate, but I definitely am interested what the next installment will add to this already robust story.

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