Does This Legend of Zelda Timeline Make Sense?


This week, Nintendo released Hyrule Historia, a Legend of Zelda encyclopedia in Japan, that covers art work and the history of Hyrule across all the games. It also reveals the series’ much-debated timeline.


A fan has gotten his hands on the book now that it’s out in the wild, and seems to have reported the timeline at this link. A Kotaku reader took the liberty of translating it, and this is what we end up with:





Update: The Oracle games were missing from our previous chart. The chart has been updated to include those.


A big, big thanks to Robert for the awesome tip!

Ishaan Sahdev
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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.