Solving the Zelda Timeline in 15 Minutes | Unraveled

Solving the Zelda Timeline in 15 Minutes | Unraveled

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I love the Legend of Zelda series. But the canonical timeline doesn’t make
any sense! Perhaps it would make more sense if someone
tried to put every single piece of Zelda media, canonical and noncanonical, into one timeline. Someone should try to do that. Let’s go! Let’s start with the canonical timeline. So we’ve got Skyward Sword at the very beginning. Created Demise, and then he becomes Ganon
later on. Link gets resurrected. It’s Minish Cap. It introduces Vaati. He’s a wind sorcerer. And then he also shows up in Four Swords. That comes next. After Four Swords, Vaati is sealed, Ganon’s
back, baby! And it’s Ocarina of Time. So Ocarina of Time splits into three different
timelines here. In one of them, Link decides to stay an adult,
Ganondorf gets resurrected, and Link is nowhere to be found. And where’s Link? Where’s Link? I’ll get to it, don’t worry, I’ll get
to it. And then the whole world floods, and we get
Wind Waker. This one I’ll call “Adult Link.” In this one, he decides to stay a child, the
sacred realm is sealed, he’s finished his entire meaning of existence by the time he’s
like 12, and so he goes and does Majora’s Mask, which is also very existential. And then over here, Nintendo decided to make
a timeline where Link loses. Link just can’t do it in this one. Ganondorf does whatever the hell he wants
to, and now it’s A Link to the Past. One of my friends invited me over to watch
him beat Ocarina of Time, because he was really close to finishing it, and then I went over
and then he couldn’t do it, and so then we decided to go outside and play basketball. This is that timeline. So we have “Adult Link,” “Child Link,”
“Basketball.” Let’s go back to “Adult Link.” After Wind Waker, he just goes and hangs out
with pirate friends in Phantom Hourglass. We go to Spirit Tracks. This is on a different island, and technically
there is Link and Zelda, except Link is really into trains now. Let’s do the child one! We go from Majora’s Mask into what is canonically
called the Era of Twilight. Obviously, it’s Twilight Princess next. Then it gets a little bit darker and goes
into the Age of Shadow. We do Four Swords Adventures, which is different
from Four Swords. One has Adventures in the title. Here’s some issues with canon over here
in “Basketball” timeline. In the Hyrule Historia, which came out in
2011, it states that next should be Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, but the Japanese
Zelda website technically states that it goes Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening now. So they’ve reversed those two. So even the canonical timeline isn’t, like,
super hard set-in-stone canonical, which goes to show that it sucks. He does this thing and then he goes sailing
and then he crashes and has a dream and then dies in the ocean. I’m gonna keep Oracle of Seasons and Oracle
of Ages tied together right now. A new Link, new cycle, and he goes A Link
Between Worlds. And then it’s another existential crisis,
but this is my favorite one because instead of having an existential crisis and then going
to have to save the world from a moon, or having an existential crisis and hanging out
with pirates, he just gets really into fashion in Tri Force Heroes, which is what I plan
to do in my midlife crisis. It’s The Legend of Zelda, the first one! Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. This is the same Link between these two. A cult wants to resurrect Ganon or something. We’re at the most recent game, and the most
recent in the timeline, it’s Breath of the Wild. You might be wondering, where does Breath
of the Wild fall? In which timeline? Is it “Basketball,” is it “Child,”
or is it “Adult?” Well guess what: IT’S ALL THREE. NINTENDO COULDN’T FIGURE IT OUT, SO THEY
DECIDED TO JUST PUT IT IN ALL OF THE TIMELINES. WHICH ISN’T HOW TIME WORKS… TO MY KNOWLEDGE. *vague gesturing* I’m gonna make this timeline
much worse, but I’m gonna also explain the convergence. So what I’m gonna go to next is Zelda spinoff
games. I’m not gonna talk about some specific things,
namely cameos, or when you can buy Link’s clothing in other games, or some of the mangas
because they’re just the same exact stories as some of the main canonical timeline games. I’ve wrapped all of these up. Some of them don’t have connections yet. Don’t worry, I’ll get to it. Let’s start with the easy Zelda spinoffs. There were a lot of them during Twilight Princess. Link was also learning how to use his crossbow
for big game hunting, and also it was Twilight Princess Picross. Midna wanted to… she thought picross would
help him… beat Zant. We’ll start from the beginning. Skyward Sword was supposed to be the first
one, but they’re wrong. Hylia chose her first hero, there was, like,
a lot of time between the first hero and the one that happened in Skyward Sword, and in
that time was the Zelda Game & Watch. Just like in Skyward Sword, there was an upper
level and a bottom level, and then there were dragons also in Skyward Sword. That’s my logic behind this one. You say “Zelda Game & Watch, what about
the Zelda Game Watch?” That’s right, the Nelsonic Zelda Game Watch. This was a watch that you could play Zelda
on, and there were only four dragons in this one. Why? Because the other Link already defeated the
other ones! There were three other dragons in Skyward
Sword, and they were nice because they learned that Link would fuck their shit up! Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand
of Gamelon. I’m not an expert on this one because I’ve
never played them. Which I think is probably the best decision
I’ve made in my life. Right over here, why? Because in Link: The Faces of Evil he has
to go to the island of Koridai. Islands? In the great sea! Obviously, that’s where they make sense
to go. Uh, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon can go there,
too. SQUADALA! But that’s not the only CD-i game! There’s also Zelda’s Adventure. Ganon, I guess he stole some celestial something-or-others,
and then it started the era of darkness. And remember what I said before about how
it went to twilight and then to shadow? What comes after that? That’s right it’s darkness, baby! Y’all know about the Satellaview? It was a weird thing for the SNES, or the
Super Famicom because it was just in Japan. It insisted on all of the Satellaview games
including the letters BS. BS The Legend of Zelda: Kamigami no Triforce
was just basically A Link to the Past, so I didn’t include it in this one. But there are other BS Legend of Zelda games,
and they’re weird because they don’t actually include Link. They include these two characters that you
could choose, and they technically part of the Satellaview thing, so it wasn’t Link
who was there, but… um… I’ll explain in a second. I cut one of the titles in half. Clayton, we have to start over. A Link to the Past happens and then Link goes
away on a journey into the water and then he dies. What’s happening while Link goes on adventures
is BS The Legend of Zelda. It happens after that, during Link’s Awakening,
when Link runs away, which is why those kids are the ones in this. And then after that it goes Link… The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets. And technically, since those kids are the
ones that are in BS The Legend of Zelda, that technically means that they are an iteration
of Link, and so BS-X: The Story of the Town Whose Name Was Stolen, which was a game that
included those protagonists, but, um, didn’t include anything about Zelda, technically
is still a Zelda game, so I included it in this one. Barcode Battler II, you had to scan cards
with a barcode and then you would have to battle those enemies using it. A different retelling of the same story as
A Link to the Past, just like looking at it from a different camera angle. Tingle exists in actually two different timelines,
and he also exists in every timeline, because Tingle is, um, the perfect evolution of humanity. He shows up in Majora’s Mask first, and
he also shows up in Wind Waker. We have an origin story for Tingle in Freshly
Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland. He starts to get the taste *mwah* I love rupees. And then he starts selling his maps to you
in Majora’s Mask, but at the same time as Rosy Rupeeland is the Dekisugi Tingle Pack,
which was, uh, DSiWare, and it just basically was like a calculator, and like a fortune
teller or something. Tingle’s Balloon Fight DS. This happens at the same time as Wind Waker. Over here in “Basketball” timeline, we’ve
got Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love. I’m not gonna explain how it connects just
yet, because I’ll do that later. It’s the final Zelda spinoff. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, and I’m
using the definitive edition because that’s just the collection of all of them, ‘cause
there’s three different versions of this game. I’m gonna put Hyrule Warriors over here,
and I’m gonna call this the TIME BREAK. *THE TIME BREAK* They made three timelines
already, so why can’t I make my own? Hyrule Warriors is the second most important
game in the entire timeline for how it ties everything together. Hyrule Warriors. Think about that, Nintendo! You made me care about Hyrule Warriors! But we’re not done with Zelda games. We’re gonna talk about Zelda character appearances. If Miyamoto doesn’t, like, email me after
this video goes up and say, “Brian, you’ve cracked the code!” I’m never gonna play another Zelda game
ever again. This whole goddamn suit is so tight, I feel
like a Christmas ham. I haven’t connected these two right now,
because in “Adult Link” timeline, Link just kinda slacks off, ‘cause he has, again,
existential crisis. He finished beating Ganon, what does he do
for the rest of his life? I’ll tell you what he does: He go-karts,
and he fights people… FOR SPORT. Super Smash Bros. the original one, Mario
Kart 8, and Soulcalibur II. Got nothing better to do, might as well go
have fun, and you know what, I respect that, but you did forget that Ganondorf got resurrected,
and then the whole world flooded. So that’s on your conscience. I imagine that Link still has, like, access
to the Temple of Time, which is why in Super Smash Bros. Melee, it happens simultaneously
in Ocarina of Time, because he can change himself into Young Link, and also Ganondorf’s
there, and I don’t know why he’s allowed to fight. I’ve put these three Super Smash Bros. after
Hyrule Warriors in the TIME BREAK. *TIME BREAK* And while we’re hanging out
in the time break… Sonic’s here. Sonic’s in the time break baby! I swear to god I’m not just using the time
break as a catch-all, but it does work as a catch-all. There’s this weird-ass game for the Wii
called Captain Rainbow. Technically happens at the same time as Link’s
Awakening because it includes Crazy Tracy, but Link’s Awakening happens within Link’s
dream, so that means that Captain Rainbow might be happening within Crazy Tracy’s
dream. So it’s very much like Inception. And that means that Joseph Gordon Levitt exists
in the Zelda timeline. That’s a joke. Joseph Gordon Levitt doesn’t exist in any
timeline. And these are also gonna come down here next
to Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love. WarioWare, all of them, and then Scribblenauts
Unlimited. And again, I will explain that later. Phew, I’m getting too worked up about this. Canonical games, spin-offs, Zelda appearances
in other games, what’s left? Every other type of media. I swear to god if I get one “well actually…”
comment. That’s a lost cause, right? Let’s start with books. I mentioned before that Skyward Sword was
not the first game and that Game & Watch was the first game. But it’s not the first instance of Zelda
and Link. Himekawa’s Skyward Sword manga does include
the origin of literally… it’s like the first Avatar, it’s the first Link, first
Hylian chosen hero. First instance of Link. I really don’t know why Nintendo hasn’t
included the choose-your-own-adventure books because they love to have things that have
confusing timelines where Link could potentially die in them, like in “Basketball” over
there. The Crystal Trap and The Shadow Prince happen
canonically after the original Legend of Zelda and Zelda II. There are, like, 11 or 12 or 18 different
endings. Stick with me here: you could win The Shadow
Prince with high points or you could win The Shadow Prince with lower points. Those are two separate timelines in my head. So low points from The Shadow Prince, you
go to the Valiant Comics, and now we’re gonna talk about TV. If you win with high points, we go into The
Legend of Zelda TV Series. “Aren’t I sweet?” After The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Captain
N happens, and it’s weird because in this one, the hero is a guy named Kevin. He gets sucked into a television. Captain N creates this potential option of
being able to summon yourself into the game, which explains THESE THREE THINGS. I TOLD YOU I WOULD EXPLAIN THEM LATER! Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love starts
with a dumb 35-year-old man who lives in his parents’ house and then he gets sucked into
a book, and then he goes into Tingle’s land and he becomes Tingle. WarioWare shows that the Zelda games exist
at the same time which is in Captain N, and also Scribblenauts Unlimited is here, too! I haven’t necessarily figured that one out. Board games! There are Zelda board games, and they also
deserve to be in the timeline. The Legend of Zelda board game… The Zelda board game happens if you die in
The Crystal Trap, how does that sound? Alright? You happy? But what about Zelda Clue? That’s… I guess, happens, uh, during the Super Smash
Bros. time, right? Because they’re having fun together, hanging
out. Zelda Chess! *exasperated look at the camera* There’s no plotline in Zelda Chess. Put it in Ocarina of Time like everything
else in this dumbass timeline. Let me double check that I’ve gotten everything… But what about the TIME BREAK? *TIME BREAK* I told you that I would explain
the time break, didn’t I? And I’m gonna explain it right now. Why does no one understand the time break
except for me, Brian David Gilbert? Why am I the only scholar in time break studies? I’ll tell you why. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition happens
outside of the timeline entirely, similarly to Breath of the Wild. It exists in all of the timelines because
Ganondorf’s soul gets split into multiple pieces that go into different timelines, and
again, that’s in the story itself. Link figures out that there are multiple timelines
in this time. And then he defeats the thing and he goes
into existential crisis mode, just like over here, and like over here, and like over there. But what does he do when he knows that all
of these timelines exist? He goes and plays Super Smash Bros. with all
of his friends in every single timeline. That’s how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can exist, because it’s everyone,
all the time, everywhere, and also Sonic! But the time break still doesn’t fit in. It’s still by itself over here, right? Okay, the time break doesn’t have a space. Link knows about every timeline, and he’s
done hanging out with his friends here in the time break, so what does he do? He decides to settle down, get a real job. And what can he do better than anyone else? That’s right, he knows every location in
every timeline. I’m talking location, location, location. HE GETS HIS REAL ESTATE LICENSE. He buys up every land, he consolidates every
timeline and pushes it all into one space. How does he do it? LEGEND OF ZELDA MONOPOLY. THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGEND OF ZELDA GAME OF
ALL TIME. THE ONE THAT MAKES BREATH OF THE WILD MAKE
SENSE. REGGIE: TAKE FUCKING NOTES. I JUST SAVED YOUR ASS WITH MONOPOLY. THIS IS THE PIN THAT HOLDS THE ENTIRE ZELDA
TIMELINE TOGETHER. YOU MADE ME USE MONOPOLY! That’s the
entire Zelda timeline, including 55 pieces of Zelda media. Don’t ask me to do this again.

5 thoughts on “Solving the Zelda Timeline in 15 Minutes | Unraveled”

  1. You can either play Zelda games and act like none of them are connected, unless they are specifically such like with Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask,

    Or…

    You can drive yourself into madness and do something like this

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