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Nintendo Of Canada Confirms Tri Force Heroes Is Outside Zelda’s Timeline

Speaking with Nintendo Enthuasist, Nintendo of Canada representative Julie Gagnon spoke on the annualization of Nintendo series, specifically Zelda.

[Editors Note: What is up with Nintendo hiring people named so similar to their villians — first Bowser and now Ganon!]

However, in the midst of the quote, Julie confirmed that the upcoming, multiplayer Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, is not cannon, existing somewhere outside the Zelda timeline.

It really depends on what the developer has in mind for the franchises. Sometimes you have Zelda sequels and what we have today with Zelda: Triforce Heroes [sic] is completely different and not in the timeline of Zelda. So, it really depends on what the developer has in mind and what they propose. So, I think it’s more a coincidence that we have all these great franchises that people like for each year. This isn’t necessarily something we will see for all the years in the future.

This is a rather odd direction, seeing how the game this was arguably derived from (The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures) holds a comfortable spot in the timeline between The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.


The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS this Fall.

What do you think of this decision? Should Tri Force Heroes, developed and published by Nintendo, be placed somewhere in the Zelda timeline, or should it be lumped together with Hyrule Warriors and The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC?

33 thoughts on “Nintendo Of Canada Confirms Tri Force Heroes Is Outside Zelda’s Timeline”

    1. Developing Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer: Igloo Edition. Moose, Loon, and Beaver villagers are there too. Longer winters and mostly rain during other seasons.

    1. Yes, the ‘Game Over’ screen is actually a canon ending. It was a nice asspull Nintendo made to fit all those games into the timeline, since ALttP doesn’t really flow smoothly from the point where Ocarina left the story, not do the NES games, which contradict a lot of other games while being obviously related to Ocarina (thinking of Zelda II here).
      That’s what happens when you make a sequel that’s a prequel without taking the previous canon into account.

      1. Green seems pink today

        Shouldn’t by that logic every Zelda game have at least 2 endings? One where Link wins and the other where he dies.

        1. And now that I think of it, it creates a funny implication: that Ocarina’s Link and the so-called legendary Hero of Time is actually the most incompetent incarnation, since he’s the only one that canonicaly fails xD

        2. Because Nintendo of Canada is totally plugged into the random as hell Zelda Timeline, I seriously doubt that they actually have any idea what they are talking about.

        3. Ridley 4 Smash DLC!

          I’d rather this game be part of the Zelda timeline while Metroid Prime: Federation Force existed outside of the Metroid timeline. Why can’t their positions be reversed!? D:

          1. I don’t want either to be canonical in their own series!! Hahaha xD But if I had to pick one, I’d also rather have this Zelda game as canon instead of FF (I’ll forever ignore the franchise title on this game).

        4. Yeah nobody has ever attempted to put MK8 x Zelda DLC into the timeline because that would be stupid. The big reason that this isn’t in the timeline is simple: it doesn’t take place in Hyrule.

          1. Ridley 4 Smash DLC!

            Uhm. You do realize there are plenty of Zelda games in the timeline that don’t take place in Hyrule, right? Oracle of Seasons/Ages, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks (not the true Hyrule), Link’s Awakening, Majora’s Mask.

            1. The Oracles and Link’s Awakening do not take place in Hyrule, but they feature ALTTP’s Link. Phantom Hourglass has WW Link. Majora’s Mask has OOT Link. Spirit Tracks is in New Hyrule, since the old one got flooded.

              1. Actually even though Nintendo says it doesn’t, Hyrule Warriors fits perfectly into the timeline. The games represented in HW are Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess, all of which are in one of the timelines. HW takes place after all of these, with Cia merging the time periods together being the explanation as to why all the characters from the aforementioned games show up. There is more to back up this theory, but I don’t want this comment to be much longer.

            2. The zelda timeline is the worst thing to happen to Zelda.

              It should just be the Zelda games. Just make them, sure hint at past games but just make them.

              1. Ridley 4 Smash DLC!

                No as it’s one of the best things to happen to it. The worst thing to ever happen to Zelda was the horrid CD-i games & that horrid Zelda cartoon. Those things have ruined Link having a voice for tons of people, maybe voice acting altogether.

                1. Green seems pink today

                  It’s not a good thing for Zelda games as it brings nothing to the series. Nintendo is not really exploiting the fact that there is a timeline and making games feel connected. The most they do is just hint at something that maybe happened and that can be interpreted in more than one way, so it’s pretty much the same as before the timeline was released except that Nintendo is trying to fit stories into the timeline (at least on paper) which hinders their creativity when it comes to the theme of the story.

                  1. “hint at something that maybe happened and that can be interpreted in more than one way”… so… like a legend? The timeline is not needed to be with cliffhangers and such, they’re reincarnations, so it’s ok if they’re not entirely direct sequels (on most cases althought there are a few). And I think it’s cool, With a timeline now I want Zelda games from before Skyloft, the dark interlopers (from TLP) and maybe the Hyrule Unification war! That would be cool, even with no Link or Zelda!

                  2. Ridley 4 Smash DLC!

                    Or with a timeline, they can be even MORE creative. Most games take place centuries between each other so it’s not like the timeline is holding their creativity back. Besides, they’ve left enough mystery to the timeline that they can easily change it up later on if the need ever arises. Til then, the timeline can give some writers a chance to be more creative as they take into account where they want the game they are writing for to take place. You anti-timeline people are just as bad as anti-voice chat & anti-voice acting people. If done right, these things can do wonders for the games they are implemented in.

                2. This is just stupid. I can understand Hyrule Warriors not being canon but this isn’t? But the other four swords games are? What a crock of shit!

                  Sure, the Zelda timeline isn’t that big of a deal itself but they’re being lazy with this one!

                  1. I’m actually glad it isn’t, mostly because of the “fashion” stuff… you know… the bomb suit… they all look pretty dumb… so yeahm just my opinion though.

                3. By the way editor, Gagnon is a very common French Canadian name. It’s not a weird name and is pronounced Gaw-ne-on( don’t pronounce the n).

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                5. Oh, ok. So this is basically just a way of saying we aren’t going to be restricted by the timeline, even though we just confirmed there is one a few years ago…wtf.

                  1. Nintendo Tetrarch Quadramus-NX

                    >>>I don’t count these spin-offs worthy of being in the timeline anyway, not even Four Swords>>>

                    1. Neither do I. I would have preferred they have left 4 swords out of the time line…even though they connect to Minish Cap.

                  2. Four Swords (the one between Minish Cap and Ocarina) != Four Swords Adventures (which is after Twilight Princess). …That’s all I have to say.

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