Aonuma: Zelda series fits 'within one timeline'

By Xav de Matos, Oct 31, 2011 8:00pm PDT

Few mysteries in the realm of video game lore get us thinking more than that of Zelda's true timeline. Years ago, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma stated that the true timeline of the series is split into two branches at the point of Ocarina of Time.

In a recent interview, however, Aonuma seemingly contradicted his previous statements, saying that the entire series falls under one timeline.

Though dedicated fans have multiple theories as to the true nature of Zelda's timeline, none have ever been verified by Nintendo. Pushing the multitude of timelines back under one umbrella, however, essentially throws them all away. Some timeline theories are even different based on the translation of the Zelda games.

At the recent Legend of Zelda '25th Anniversary' concert event, Aonuma told GTTV: "All of the games are within one timeline for the entire series, but that timeline is a secret that I cannot reveal."

It's not clear if Aonuma means that all Zelda games work together to form one mysterious timeline, or if the actual singular timeline for the franchise ignores some of the parallel events that occur throughout the series.

Also, why is it a secret? This sounds suspiciously like the ramblings of the producers of Lost, assuring fans that the entire series would make sense in the end before the final season. Or maybe they just don't have enough chart paper at Nintendo HQ to sort it all out for the public.

The franchise continues on November 20, when The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword launches for the Nintendo Wii.

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