As one of the most highly anticipated video games ever released, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” has been both a critical and commercial success. But for die-hard fans of the franchise, there is an ongoing debate about where this particular installment fits within the overall chronology of its universe.
For those unfamiliar with “The Legend of Zelda,” it centers around an elf-like protagonist named Link who must rescue Princess Zelda from the clutches of Ganon, a power-hungry villain who seeks to rule over the mystical land known as Hyrule. While each game in the series can be played independently, they are all connected by their unique storylines and characters. The timeline itself is famously convoluted – until recent years when Nintendo finally released an official version that definitively places every game in order.
Breath of The Wild deviates from many traditional elements present throughout other entries into The Legend Of Zelda Franchise. One significant point in which it differs is its placement on what Nintendo refers to as ‘The Timeline’ – a continuity chart showcasing how events progressed within Hyrule’s history depending on whether or not Link successfully defeated his nemesis Ganon.
In 2011, after more than two decades since first creating The Legend Of Zelda Franchise Nintendo finally made official confirms regarding one overriding storyline that ties together fifteen games (split across three different timelines). This statement revealed that players have explored alternate realities through protagonist time travel affecting giant crux point moments during various instalments (Ocarina Of Time split off into three parallel lines).
A popular fan theory believed for years stated any hero unsuccessful would remain dormant indefinitely until someone else proved worthy enough via epic battle victory; however ambiguous beginnings grow clearer now thanks specifically towards central storyline pillars seen throughout history followed predominantly whenever cycle reboots/rewinds considered rebooted upon definite demise allowing another attempt.
Given all this information gives sense why misplacements between titles occasionally occur, and all though it might be tempting to link Breath of The Wild with a more traditional Zelda game, there are compelling reasons why it is instead positioned at the very end of the timeline – thousands of years after the events of other games that featured Link saving Hyrule from Ganon.
One notable aspect in which Nintendo built continuity surrounding several instalments within the franchise is its multi-ethnic pantheon. Shinto beliefs play an enormous role regarding any title’s mythology primarily due to development roots stemming from Japanese culture. “Breath Of The Wild” delves deeper into this than any previous gameplay by introducing players towards ‘Hylia’, one particular deity referred throughout many instalments but never really explained further compared to others even linked directly viewing Hylia’s statue in Skyward Sword.
The seeds found throughout the game also provide us crucial hints as to where on Breath Of The Wild sits timeline-wise: they line up perfectly with the backstory we see in “Skyward Sword,” which began everything in terms of Legend Of Zelda universe lore and embarks upon telling its origin tale named ‘Flames Prologue’ demonstrating ancient artefacts familiarizing gamers with present surroundings whilst offering insight.
Based on what we know about how various parts fit together across length history detailing key moments allowing follow-up title events containing links relevant characters matched onto definitive actions protagonists required accomplishing; particularly defeating great evil sprawling throughout entire kingdom or stopping multiversal calamities splitting parallel timelines apart. This fact-by-fact account provides an excellent base for placing every Game accordingly when using contextual clues layered inside each respective creation uniquely confirming their place unquestionably fitting series overlorning worldwide structure set out previously firmly based well-researched truths observed numerous times beforehand effectually welded together within latest finished product match beyond doubt outside contradictions.
Overall, while devoted fans may continue looking for hidden connections between past installments showcasing interrelated issues seen regularly managing special instances repeatedly presenting themselves positively inevitably tied together constituting towards placing specific titles onto continuity timelines overlast overarching continuity line reaching across numerous gaming systems rather than crafting up convoluted explanations trying to place canon where it cannot fit, Breath Of The Wild still loved and appreciated by all fans of the franchise for what it is: An enjoyable adventure filled with breathtaking scenery, innovative gameplay mechanics, and a captivating story that stands on its own merits — even if its placement in the chronology remains somewhat contentious.