E3 2014: Hyrule Warriors Not Really Timeline Canon

Coming on September 26th to North America, Hyrule Warriors is on the radar for many Wii U owners—and for good reason! The mashup of Nintendo’s beloved franchise with Dynasty Warriors has already created much buzz across international waters, and with so many playable characters and (we have to say it) fan-service, it’s set to be a huge smash for Nintendo.

That said, the fan-service as it’s called does not extend to the timeline for the Legend of Zelda—a timeline that many Zelda fans are intimately familiar with. The game producer, Eiji Aonuma, has admitted as much to Game Informer—but it’s not as disappointing as you might think:

“Within the Zelda canon, there is the timeline, but there has always been the sense of the main story and kind of a side story. Like, Majora’s Mask might be considered part of that, though it does exist as part of the timeline. With Hyrule Warriors, there is a link between the two, but it exists as a separate dimension, so it doesn’t exist as part of the main canon. Lately I have been thinking of it similar to The Avengers.

Each of the characters has their own timeline, so there shouldn’t be any crossover there, but maybe they’ve been brought together as part of that story?

…Maybe if you force it in somewhere, but that’s not something we want to do. The universe of Hyrule Warriors really is sort of a different universe and it is connected to the timeline of the Zelda series, but it is connected to several different games throughout the series. If you try and force this into it here [Aonuma places his hands in the air indicating different levels of the timeline], then…that information might not be complete. We really don’t want to put it in the timeline because it has links to the different parts of the timeline.

That helps… a bit! It makes sense from one standpoint, and we imagine fans will be torn on how they want to think of this. Thankfully, you have the internet, which is the perfect place to argue these details. Just don’t expect any endorsement either way from Aonuma!


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