The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took audiences on a wild ride during Nintendo?s Treehouse conference. It seems like the new game is worth getting a Wii U or Nintendo NX for, since it looks beautiful and is the first game in the Zelda series to be open-world.
However, most hardcore fans of the franchise have pondered about where Breath of the Wild takes place in the Zelda ?timeline.? Believe it or not, the Zelda timeline is something that fans of the series take very seriously, even though most of the games seem to be standalone unless further stated. Majora?s Mask, for example, is a direct sequel to Ocarina of Time.
According to Kotaku, it seems like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will take place sometime after Wind Waker and its DS sequels. Instead of a younger Link, fans might be playing as an older version of the character, since he is waking up in the start of the game. Proof of this comes from an item found in the new game called Rock Salt, hinting that there used to be plenty of water in the area like in Wind Waker.
Koroks from Wind Waker also make an appearance in Breath of the Wild, which could be enough proof that the game is set after the beloved Gamecube title. We also get a glimpse at something floating, which some fans hope is the floating city from the Wii title Skyward Sword.
Fans even asked Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma about the timeline. While he didn?t want to give any major details because he doesn?t want to spoil the game, he did state that Link has been asleep for a hundred years. It?s a very interesting statement and one that fans will use as they figure out where in the timeline the new game fits in.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is slated for an unknown 2017 release date. The game will come to both the Wii U and the NX, hinting that this might be the final Wii U release. The Nintendo NX is slated for a March release.