Nintendo: Ocarina Of Time Writer Wanted Nintendo To Publish Legend Of Zelda Timeline

Fans of The Legend of Zelda series have been clamouring for Nintendo to release a timeline for the critically acclaimed series so gamers can see where each game fits in relation to each other. Nintendo has been listening and were poised to announce the timeline but they eventually decided against the idea. Thankfully Zelda Dungeon managed to get an interview with Nintendo’s Dan Owsen to further clarify the situation:

“At one point we had drafted a timeline and wanted to make it available online. We showed it to the guys in Japan and they basically told us that it would be best if we didn’t post it. They do have a timeline that has continuity between the games but they wanted to keep it open for how each player views the chronology of the series.”

“There are a lot of connections between the games, but they do have a timeline that has continuity. It’s up to the player to place all the pieces together.”

“The developers feel that posting a full narrative would take away from the players’ imagination. Part of what makes the series so special is the legend that spans across the series and they wanted to preserve that in the players’ vision.

“It’s also why they have never given Link a voice. The story is told as if the player is Link. Giving him a voice would eliminate that attachment.”

– Zelda script writer, Dan Olsen




  1. This is my though exactly, it would be kind of nice to know but part of the fun is trying to piece it together yourself, it draws you into the history and story more! Same thing with the voice, maybe if an anime is ever released sure, but it’s nice to picture yourself as the hero.

  2. I’m for one am more attached to characters that have their own voice. Like Nathan drake from uncharted or commander Shepard from mass effect. I do understand why they won’t publish a time line though. Just in case they want to add something in the middle later I guess. Nintendo is just lazy and need a powerful new system so they can give link a voice.

    1. Nintendo could’ve given Link a voice way back on the N64 if they wanted to. It has nothing to do with laziness or system power. They just explained it for the umpteenth dozen time why Link doesn’t have and probably won’t ever have a voice in his games beyond grunts and yells and if you can’t except that, well than that is your problem not Nintendo’s.

      I get so tired of hearing people throw the laziness claim out left and right everytime a company does something they aren’t in agreement with.

      A real example of laziness would be Sony not properly securing valuable customer info on their PSN network 5 years into the systems lifespan. There’s your laziness. End rant.

    2. Look at the reception to Metroid: Other M and you’ll get your reason for why Nintendo will never make Link talk.

  3. I’d be very interested to see it. I don’t really see most of connections, like how the NES ones fit in, or the original Gameboy one. I mostly know that the N64 ones are back to back and supposedly near the beginning, with Windwaker taking place 1000 years after OOT. Minish Cap seems to precede OOT. Other than that, I really don’t know where spirit tracks, phantom hourglass, Twilight princess fit in at all. Skyward sword they said was near the beginning, so it might help form another connection.

      1. And what he said, Phantom Hourglass takes place righ after Wind Waker with Tetra and Link sailing in search for a new land, and Spirit Tracks being years after Spirit Tracks featuring that new hyrule

    1. There is No real chronological order. The Ocarina of time guide lets on that “scholars” have argued that it was a different Link and Zelda each time, possibly being reincarnated. None of the stories except a few exception here and there, can even be considered remotely connected in their storylines.

  4. Link doesn’t need a voice and I hope Nintendo maintains his silence. The Zelda games are not about Link. Link is simply the medium used to get a job done. The stories are not about him. In a way, he is no different than a hookshot lol. That’s why his origins are always so humble, I think, so it sort of makes sense that he shouldn’t talk.
    As for the timeline…It’s more fun to figure it out on one’s own! It’s just like a typical Zelda puzzle! XD

    1. The Zelda games are not about link? He’s a hookshot? Have u ever even played a Zelda game? The story revolves around Link in every single installation. It’s all about the Hero, and te prophecy that he’d do this or that. Play Windwaker, OoT, Link’s Awakening, LttP, etc. Every game revolved arpone Link’s story. So yeah, Link’s not a tool, he’s the freaking protagonist.

      1. Well obviously its not about link, it’s called the legend of ZELDA.

  5. I really really wish they keep it this way, it totally would take the fun out of figuring out the timeline all by yourself, or even discuss your timeline theories with other people! Wich is lots of nerdy fun!
    Of course, the ones that do want the timeline to be released ar not hardcore nerd fans.

  6. I’d be interested to see a timeline. Middle-Earth has a timeline and I don’t think that limits anyone’s imagination.

  7. Plus if they did decide to publish it, everyone would make a point to tell Nintendo how wrong they are. :P Some people just need to get a life.

  8. I fell Link needs more character develoment. I feel more atached to character with a strong personality like Solid Snake or evem Samus in Metroid Other M. I’m worried thath Skyward Sword is going to be more of the same, wich is not a bad thing but it’s starting to grow old.

  9. I like Link voiceless; it’s sort of cute. XDD After all these years after all, a talking Link would scare the crap out of me.

    A timeline, though, I wish I knew, being a newb Zelda fan and all. :/ I wasn’t around to ever even SEE an NES, much less play Zelda on one…

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