Gamers and Zelda historians were able to
finally organize an apparantly
inconsistant storyline into a real history. The problem of
and Zeldas was solved, and everyone had finally figured out a
the series. It became common knowledge that the chronological
the Zelda games was Zelda5 , Zelda 3, Zelda 4, Zelda 1, and Zelda
we were wrong.
If you read an interview with Mr. Miyamoto, creator of the Zelda
Zelda64.com said the chronological order of the games was 5, 1,
2, 3, with
4 occuring at almost any time period.
Was this a typo? What Mr. Miyamoto just finally realizing he was
tired after making such a great game and needed some sleep? No;
(if you don't know him, he translated the Zelda games into
agrees with him. So do we have to rethink everything we thought
had figured out? Unfortunately, yes.
Here's some good solid evidence within the actual games that
Zelda 3 occurs
AFTER 1 and 2. The Triforce is complete and sealed within the
with Ganon. Obviously, this couldn't be right after Zelda 5,
it, the Triforce is separated, and Ganon only has the Triforce of
Also, at the end of Zelda 3, Ganon is actually killed. How else
Dark World vanish? The Dark World (his perversion of the Sacred
simply where he was banished to in all the previous Zelda games.
Link travels to the Dark World and there defeats him, to where is
banished? Why would his Dark World become the Sacred Realm once
Why would Link gain possession of ALL THREE Triforces? Because
Ganon is dead.
Thus, here's a brief outline for what should be considered the
The Triforce divides; Link holds Courage, Zelda holds Wisdom, and
holds Power. Ganon is sealed in the Sacred Realm by the Six Sages
Zelda. (Zelda 5)
Ganon slowly changes the Sacred Realm into the Dark World using
Triforce of Power. (Any time between Zelda 5 and Zelda 3).
Ganon escapes from the Dark World. Zelda is captured, but is able
scatter the pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom before he takes her.
rescues Zelda and defeats Ganon, sending him back to the Dark
Wisdom and Power are reunited. (Zelda 1)
Followers of Ganon attempt to free (resurrect) him from the Dark
Link halts this, and discovers the Triforce of Courage within
Triforce is reuinited again. (Zelda 2)
Ganon awakens and takes the Triforce. The Imprisoning War is
reseal him. The Sword of Time (Master Sword), broken after
unuse, is forged anew. The Seven Wise Men successfully reseal
Ganon in the
Dark World, but the Triforce is sealed in with him. If he manages
escape, the Light World will be lost. (Possibly a future Zelda
Ganon manages to free just a part of his soul from the Dark World
power of the Triforce. He creates an avatar, Aghanim, who
remove the seal from the Dark World. Link stops Aghanim and
travels to the
Dark World, where he at last slays Ganon once and for all. The
enters the hands of Link, and the Sacred Realm is restored.
This new timeline seems to have less flaws than the old one,
didn't account for the cartoon series here. My facts may also not
completely staight, since I never played Zelda 1 or Zelda 2. This
just more solidly shows how Zelda 3 is the latest event in the
It also reveals a small hole that will probably be filled by
game. (I'm sure that the N2000 will be able to handle enough AIs
entire war; yes, seeing the Imprisoning War being fought should
There's probably a few bugs to be worked out in the timeline.
E-mail me at
if you'd like to make any comments. I also maintain 5th.net.