Where does Breath of the Wild fit in the Zelda timeline?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been available for only a few short days so far, but it’s already captivated fans and critics alike. Its vibrant open world, challenging gameplay, and compelling story (that has a full voice cast now) is definitely one for the ages. It also has a large mystery surrounding it that is pretty compelling.
As fans of the series will already know, the timeline of The Legend of Zelda series is full of recurring histories. Zelda, Ganon (in one form or another), and Link, the Hero of Time, appear again and again to do battle and decide if good or evil will prevail. That timeline has several branches that each sprouted from Ocarina of Time, the first N64 installment that has long been considered by many fans to be the best the series had to offer. Each of those branches contains their very own series of games that keep the story moving forward, and now many are wondering where The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fits into the whole thing.
After playing through the game and doing some research, we’ve come up with two possible placements for this latest entry in the grand scheme of things. Each one is very plausible, and we’ll have to wait for Nintendo to finally give up the details (which will take years if their past responses on the topic are any indicator), but these are both strong prospects.
There will be a few spoilers ahead in order to make the connections, so if you have yet to play the newest game and would rather experience the narrative yourself, we recommend not letting your curiosity get the better of you. If, however, you’re not the type to be ruined by spoilers, and are just itching to see the possibilities, then read on.