The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds’ Place In The Zelda Timeline Detailed

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Some people care about the Zelda timeline and some don’t. Similarly, while certain Zelda games ignore the timeline and do their own thing, others are clearly follow-ups to the events of previous games. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is one such title.


While it is an entirely new game, A Link Between Worlds takes place in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, several years after the events of that game. You might even find a returning character or two. As such, it isn’t really very hard to figure out where in the Zelda timeline the game takes place.


Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma, however, has gone one step further and detailed exactly where in the timeline A Link Between Worlds falls. Take a look at the chart below—it’s an image of the Zelda timeline, based on details provided by the Zelda encyclopedia, Hyrule Historia.


Speaking with Spike, Aonuma says that A Link Between Worlds takes place between Link’s Awakening and the original Legend of Zelda (both on the bottom-left of the chart). That’s the third, previously unheard of timeline that was revealed in Hyrule Historia. If you’re unfamiliar with that three-way split in the middle, you can read about it here.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will be available on November 22nd.

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Ishaan Sahdev
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.