Zelda U’s probable spot in the timeline

From the very beginning we all knew the Zelda games were connected to one another but the how they were connected remained a mistery for many years. Fans from every place tried to create their own version of the timeline based on how much they knew the franchise and with the official statement that there were two different time periods. However, Nintendo revealed on 2011 the official timeline in the book Hyrule Historia which featured not one, not two, but three different time periods that included every single title that had been released. But now that Zelda U is coming out it’s time to revisit the timeline and speculate on which part it could be set. My theory is that it will take place right after Demise was defetead. That’s right, after the events in Skyward Sword.

Considering that there is very little we know about the new Zelda U you might think it’s very soon to have such a theory but, actually, we do have some things that could make us think it’s the other way around. First of all, we have to discard one almost impossible chance. Nintendo had said that Skyward Sword would be the very first title chronologically speaking and that it would be very complicated to make a prequel of it. That been said, let’s go.

To get started with, we have to see at the little evidence we have. First of all, in the massive world, it doesn’t look like many towns have been established, which would mean that they have very primitive lifestyles or that it can be a new land that was just recently discovered. Skyward Sword is meant to tell the story of why “the surface” is not inhabited and how it got inhabited again. And the world in Skyward Sword was in fact pretty huge, however, not everywhere could be explored, only specific areas. So, now we will be able to explore most of that surface. So there might be a very convincing connection there.

Secondly, we have to take a look at Link’s clothing. It’s the same style that was featured in Skyward Sword. I know that those clothes in SS are also very similar to the ones he uses in Twilight Princess. Nonetheless, Twilight Princess art style was dark to match the story and having a cel shaded game as its direct sequel would be very awkward. That’s why it makes more sense that he wears the same clothes as Skyward Sword.

Also, the only weapon we have seen from him is, apart from his sword and shield, a very peculiar bow and arrow. It looks as it’s been made with some ancient technology. Lets remember what we discovered in The Surface in Skyward Sword. The Ancient Robots lived in an era long time ago but we can actually see them if we travel to past periods using the Timeshift Stones. These robots used to have very ancient technology to help the unnamed people who built them.  There’s also the Lanayru Mining Facility which is a large, technologically advanced mining facility staffed by robots. All this has recently been discovered, so it makes sense that they take advantage of it. And wouldn’t they know how to use it, there’s Scrapper, a robot survivor.

The other Zelda games that are known for their notorious technological advancements are the ones present in the Adult’s Timeline, being The Wind Waker and Phantom  Hourglass with some boats and Spirit Tracks with the trains and Link being an actual engineer. But it’s not very likely that this game can be a sequel to them because we haven’t seen any railroads, to begin with.

Last, but not least, there’s the biggest possibility of all. The Sailcloth! The only time this item has been seen in Skyward Sword when Zelda gives it to Link as the trophy of the Wing Ceremony. The fact that he keeps it for his new journey does make quite sense, considering how useful it was when falling from very high places. However, it’s been given another use. It seems not it can be used as a Deku Leaf, like the one in The Wind Waker. But back to the theory, no other game has it and it would be really weird to see they created a new, identical one. Even the green tunic that is customed for the new heroes to wear has had its modifications.

Another thing that has been shown from the game is Epona. But I don’t consider her relevant to have a conclusion because Epona has appeared in two very different periods. Ocarina of Time – Majora’s Mask and a hundres years later in Twilight Princess. So, Epona can reappear as something that doesn’t affect the timeline directly.

Since before and after the official timeline has been revealed a franchise that has so many games connected to one another always make people debate about how they are connected and as long as more Zelda games get released, there will be material to keep debating.

That’s all the evidence I can find for now to say in which part of the Timeline this new game will be placed. Of course, the evidence is minimum but I thought it was quite convincing. As soon as there is new info about the game details I will update my theory.

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Creator Shigeru Miyamoto talks about Zelda U’s side quests

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Since Nintendo showed a gameplay demo about the upcoming Legend Of Zelda for Wii U and it’s vast open world people have been wondering if the game will feature any side missions or other things to do or if there will be nothing to see and do. Well, now Nintendo has confirmed in an interview with youtuber iJustin that there will be many things to do “there may even be times where you forget what your goal is”.

I, myself, was one of the many people worrying about the game not having an actual story or that Nintendo wouldn’t give us something to do in that huge, gorgeous map. The reason was that Nintendo had previously stated the new Zelda’s story would be made by the players, which raised some questions as to whether that meant you had to let your imagination flowing or something else. Another reason was, although a very early prediction, the fact that the demo didn’t show any relevant sight or activity, other than some enemies.

They were all rushed conclusions, of course, as nothing else has been revealed about the game. Until now. Miyamoto has made it clear that Zelda U will have quite a big number of side missions. The Legend of Zelda franchise is not new to this kind of things. However, the time Nintendo has put more effort into the side quests of a Zelda game has been Majora’s Mask with magnificent results. That’s probably the time most gamers have forgot that the moon was about to squeeze everything because some of the side missions were very involving. No one can forget about Anju and Kafei…

That’s why knowing that Zelda U will also be very focused on the side quests has got me excited. They already prooved they can make such an immersive and emotional experience from side missions and it will definitely be interesting to try them out on the new game. Another thing is that all the team working in this project have already said that this is the Zelda game they have always wanted to create, so we can totally expect a lot of heart will be put into it.

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will is set to be released at the end of the year. In the meantime, (and if no delays are known), we will surely get even more info regarding all the detalis about this new open world game. From plot details, to characters, even the new name. Most of this will likely be revealed on the E3 this summer, so have no choice to patiently wait.