Where Does Breath Of The Wild Go In Timeline?
The Legend Of Zelda Series has been around since February 21, 1986, it was created by the master game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, who have be responsible for many of Nintendo’s Biggest hits. The Legend of Zelda series has a huge timeline, stretching from times with no technology to times with ancient robotic technology and even trains. The game mechanics have always been consistent, yet changed enough to keep it fresh, whether you are riding a horse, bird, sailing a boat, riding a train and teleporting to temples using music and other methods. The series has stood strong, with all that said, there is one big question about the Zelda series that many have, which is, the timeline, how does the timeline all fit together? The maps are always changing and not all games have a direct connection to one another, where does Breath of the Wild fit in the timeline? To answer where Breath of the Wild fits, we have to go back in time, to a game that made Nintendo’s Zelda series a master piece, the timeline is never ending and can be infinite with different paths, all thanks to one game, Ocarina of Time.
Ocarina of Time is a master piece and has created a time paradox, a never-ending result of change, the Zelda series can forever have new paths, every time Link went back in time or back to the future, a new path was created, even the smallest of change can forever change the history of the timeline. For Example, during Ocarina of Time, you learn the Song of Storms as adult Link from a man named Guru-Guru, who is found in the windmill in Kakariko Village, Guru-Guru tells Link that he learned the song from a green-clothed boy 7 years ago, which is Link as a child, so how did Link teach Guru-Guru the song? When Link learns the song from him in the future? Well it is a time paradox, Link at some point learned the song from someone and plays it in the Windmill in Kakariko village to drain the well, by doing so, Guru-Guru learned the song, who then teaches it to future Link. That example alone shows just how complex the Zelda Series timeline can go, which forever makes the Zelda timeline infinite and can go different directions at any time, Nintendo can make a whole new timeline after ocarina of time when ever they wish, perhaps that is where Breath of the Wild fits, it is a new timeline branched off from Ocarina of Time.
Then we have the ever-changing maps, how can the maps always be so different from the previous game? Some story-lines could take place thousands of years after the previous story, the landscape can change drastically during those years, in Wind Waker, old Hyrule gets flooded by the gods, which leads to a vast ocean with islands, by the end of the game Link and Zelda venture off to find a new place to call Hyrule, which eventually leads to Spirit Tracks. No one during Wind Waker is aware that there is an old civilization below the ocean, which basically means history was lost and became legend, so a lot of time must have passed between Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker, just consider how much time may have passed between each game, which could easily explain Breath of the Wilds ancient technology and landscape, it could have taken places thousands of years later.
I believe Breath of the Wild to be an entirely new Timeline created after Ocarina of Time, it could take place thousands of years after Ocarina of Time, due to the technology in the game, there would be no way to fit breath of the wild in any current timeline, unless it were to be the newest addition to one of the three paths, which I see being very unlikely, due to how each story-line has progressed. The only alternative I could think of is Breath of the Wild taking place after Spirit Tracks, since the Rito tribe exists in both timelines and there was technology in both games, which could have been lost during ganon’s return. All of the ancient technology could have been created during this time, since civilization was advanced enough to make it, only to lose the technology once the shiekah, the creators of the technology were thinned out in numbers by Ganon’s ruthless attacks, this would however go against the 3 timelines, as all 3 have followed a specific art style and the only timeline befitting of the Breath of the Wild graphics would be the Twilight Princess timeline.
Only time will tell where Breath of the Wild fits in the Legend of Zelda series timeline, Hopefully Nintendo will give answers soon. That is what makes The Zelda series timeline a master piece, anything can be done with the story line, just because of Ocarina of Time, perhaps Nintendo has a prequel in the make for Breath of the Wild, which will answer everyone’s questions about where exactly it fits in the timeline.
Where do you think The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild fits in the Timeline?