In this week’s mailbag, Jason talks about the timeline again and screws it up even worse, and for some reason becomes schizophrenic when he rubs his amazing man beard to think.

Leave a comment with a question for the next mailbag and Jason might just answer it next week if you love him enough! And hit the jump for more answers to more questions in text form!

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ReKaXD96: There are several theories about the positioning of the islands in Wind Waker being related to placed from Ocarina of Time, so do you think there will be something similar in Skyward Sword? like for example finding a Deku Sprout in a place that would be the Kokiri Forest or an inactive volcano being where Death Mountain would be.

Jason: Yeah, I do – Nintendo’s been pretty consistent with this stuff throughout the Zelda series. I’m sure we’ll find early versions of what will eventually become landmarks of Hyrule, especially since Skyward Sword is Hyrule’s origin story. Who knows? There might be landmarks spread out between Hyrule and Skyloft that come together in their proper locations when the lands merge.
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BusterFiddlewig: Of course Link will (most likely) ride epona in Hyrule, but what about Skyloft? Will there be a way to get Epona up there? Will he mount some other animal/creature? Or will he just plain not have anything to ride in Skyloft?

Jason: Nintendo hasn’t confirmed or denied Epona appearing in Skyward Sword, though I’d think it’s unlikely they’d use Epona again. It seems more likely that there is some “conveyance” that Link will have that takes him back and forth and acts as his method of transportation for both realms.
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TorchPhantom: In Twilight Princess, Midna notes that the worlds of humans is pitiful for being ruled by a young princess. On my last playthrough, I noticed the word “humans” and thought it was odd, because many of the characters in the Zelda games, including TP, have elf ears. Link and Zelda are the two that come to mind. If they are humans, but they have elf ears, what do you think this means about Hylians? Are they actually human, or was Midna screwed up?

Jason: They’re not actually human; I’m pretty sure Midna was using “human” as a generic term to describe humanoid beings in the world of Zelda. Like how we can use “animals” as a blanket term to describe a wealth of species, “humans” can be applied to a wealth of different human-like fictional “species” as a generic term. The way that the English language is built, it’s hard to get around that kind of terminology in fictional works – using another word would probably make little sense to the player.
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Darkfire4219: Jason do you think music will be implemented in Skyward Sword and in which way?

Jason: Given the recent discovery of the backwards trailer music, I’m starting to think we’re going to hear a LOT of backwards classic songs in Skyward Sword! It probably has some meaning.
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Addsination: In recent video demos of SS we see Link raising the skyward sword while down in Hyrule to gather power from the sky in order to unleash an almighty blow on villains. What do you think will happen to the sword when you are in Skyloft considering that Link would (theoretically) be unable to gather power from the sky (as he is already in the sky)? Would this then render the Skyward Sword useless whilst in Skyloft and also eliminate any kind of temple in Skyloft?

Jason: Although Skyloft is in the sky, it is not the sky itself. There’s still some sky above it 😉
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sonic25799: If it was only 100 years between OOT and the other two games then why did everybody forget? Nobody in WW seems to even remember there ever was another land before the flood. Niko is alive in Spirit Tracks so he’s clearly over 100 years old which means people in the Zelda series can live that long so why doesn’t anybody remember stories of Hyrule from their grandparents or something?’

Jason: I always wondered this. 100 years isn’t a long time – it’s only two generations or so. And, as you say, everyone remembers stuff from The Wind Waker in Spirit Tracks. So, what gives? I have no idea – though a lot of very dramatic changes happened to the world in between OoT and TWW, so it’s conceivable that their memories got wiped or something freaky happened in between. Though the best explanation I’ve got… is that it makes no sense. People should have better memories!
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  • Johaun348

    Jason is so entertaining…And good mailbag like usuall!

  • alex

    what happened to jason's little zelda song at the end of the mailbag????
    most interesting part of the mailbag IMO………….. XD just kiddin'……

  • mini link

    about time jason! we been waiting forever!

  • mini link

    in majoras mask we see that when u complete a side quest then return back in time 3 days its like it never happend. how can you explain that at the end of the game it all comes to gether perfectly like is it all did happen when u obviously undid it by going back in time? (sorry if its kinda confusing)

    • Punnutty

      The only thing I can say about that is fiction.

      • Adam

        My guess is that all the playable events in Majora's Mask (with the exception of the Kafei-Anju quest if you didn't obtain the Couple's Mask) run their course into the 4th day.

    • Sharon

      After you beat each boss, freed a giant, and reset the 3 days, the bosses were back but the giants were still free. The reason is because the giants are the deities of Termina. They are not affected by history changes so all of your accomplishments do come together. In case you question how gods can be captured in the first place, it's because your current main enemy is also a god! This might mean Majora is more powerful than Ganondorf!

    • cresent soul

      there could be many reasons for that. Remember, zelda is a fantasy game that's set outside of our world. You could just say that time travel in MM originated from a differnet source of magic from the ocarina than the one zelda used (with her personal magic) in OoT's ending. Teh "goddess of Time" in MM may have been able to travel link back in time without breaking and splitting timelines, just like the master sword was able to do in OoT. Now zelda's magic in playing the song could just be said to be the sort that distorts timelines as it's not meant to be used so effortlessly without some sort of godly magic (like the Goddess of Time). zelda is just a princess with the piece of triforce afterall, far from a god.

      My explaination is only one in hundreds of possible of answers. My main point is that you should obsess over things like this. Realistically, the developers probably made the game design choice first and then came up with the "goddess of time" to give a slight opening of reason. I wouldn't break my mind trying to make reason out of something that probably isn't meant to have reason.

      • cresent soul

        *shouldn't* for the last paragraph (second sentence). Apologies.

        • mini link

          im not realy obsesing im just stating a gap of a flaw (if u can call it that) in the coming together of the story, im well aware its just a game (an amazing game at that) lol

          • mini link

            *or a flaw, sorry

  • cloverplayer

    I think that in this game they are gonna make the slingshot stand out by its easier controls, compared to the bow. in tp it was such a fail though.

    • GorCoronSumo

      I never thought of that…

  • NasiDe

    About question 6… There is a reason people don't remember Hyrule in Wind Waker and it is stated clearly in the intro.

    They don't say 100 years passed since the Hero of Time. Hundreds of years passed between The Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time, which is how the hero of time is nothing more than a legend.

    • NasiDe

      In-game evidence is also provided: Link's grandmother lived on Outset Island when she was young. If Ocarina of Time was only 100 years beforehand, Link's grandmother would have lived in Hyrule, which she did not. She would have had first hand experience with the age, and this is evidenced as Link is the second generation in his game (the eldest generation being Link's grandmother, if you exclude non-humanesque sepcies and Ganondorf).

      • NasiDe

        Personally, I consider Wind Waker around 1000 years after Ocarina of Time to provide Ganondorf time to break his seal (and time to access his only Great Sea location, Forsaken Fortress), some time for the evolution of the Zoras to the Rito, and some time for the evolution of the Kokiri to Koroks (if they don't change to them in their lifetime if they leave the forest; Kokiri are seen outside the forest at Ocarina's end with no adverse effects).

        • Punnutty

          1000 years the technology would have been way to advanced for the Wind Waker, but 100 years yeah it makes more sense, but Links grandmother is younger than 100 years old. So inbetween OOT and the WW there is 100 to 1000 years that would make sense.

          • Sharon

            But technology did advance in WW! There is a postal system, a modern educational system, and turrets in the forsaken fortress. In Phantom Hourglass, which took place immediately after WW, you ride in an engine powered boat. You can't invent that in 100 years. I think 1000 years is believable.

          • Punnutty

            There was a postal system in Majora's Mask, the turrets could have been made in 500 to 600 years also in Phantom Hourglass the other world was a dream made by the Ghost ship, and Linebeck was braught to Hyrule when he got caught up in Tetra/Zelda and Link being brought back to Hyrule. But then again I could be wrong, we could all be wrong, maybe Ganondorf came back and wiped everybody's minds and the king sunk Hyrule and OOT became a legend in just a few years with child Link growing up and has found his grandmother and sister.

          • csresent soul

            basing theories on technology is over-looking it. Zelda developers don't obsess over little elements in making games. The general over-arching premise of the games matters, but little things like postal services is just top specific to look at. It could, and most likely, a design choice more so than any other.

            Game design first, timeline second.

          • GorCoronSumo

            One school is NOT a modern educational system.

  • cloverplayer

    Jason, that was actually the best timeline I've ever heard. the other ones make no sense but that actually worked. What would really be awesome is if nintendo created a zelda game where the people wanted a hero to save them from Ganon(dorf) or some other villan, and the hero didn't come. they almost lose all hope when link comes from the alternate reality and saves them, and throughout the game is able to travel through the timelines. that would be epic.

  • Punnutty

    Why is Link's tunic green ?
    Why is Ganondorf evil ?
    Where is my cup of tea ?

    • Sharon

      Link represents the wind and wind is green in the zelda universe. Ganondorf is the incarnation of a demon. I can't help you with your cup of tea but good luck with that.

      • mini link

        split up gang find this man's cup of tea!

      • mini link

        i thought links tunic was green because in oot that is what all the kokiri wore n link was living with them so he just ended up with it……right?

  • avert_from_the_norm

    Dear jason, or other awesome zeldauniverse moderator,
    While watching one of the mailbags, i thought about something that has been hinted at by the producers. We've heard about the distinct possibility of dungeons where you will lose your sword. My question comes in several parts: 1.) Do you think that this aspect of swordlessness will last throughout the entire dungeon. 2.) What's the likelihood of having some sort of replacement weapon that is less effective but still has the ability to be swung and hit enemies. 3.) If this is the case what do you think of the potential for, at least in future games, dungeons where you not only lose your sword, but other weapons/items, like the bow, hookshot, or other such important items?
    4.) What do you think of them doing a dungeon where you lose all your offensive weapons and maybe have to use something like your slingshot, or hand to hand combat, until you get that dungeons weapon(s)?

    Finally, on a different note, what do you think of a co-op zelda game of sorts, where you have an ally, or your little helper friend (i.e. navi, midna, ezlo) transforms or is able to help you in certain dungeons. Do you think that, with the potential for cooperative play, while still being able to do it solo, would be a good idea for the series, or do you think that would only hinder gameplay? Also, keep in mind, that this could be either a some of the time aspect or a full game aspect (sort of like kirby's epic yarn that has optional coop).

    • GorCoronSumo

      Hand to hand combat!
      AAAWWWWWEEESSSSOOOOMMME!
      We need that in a Zelda game!!!!!

  • Hey Jason could you friend me on your 3DS? I've already added you and my friend code is 4983-4963-0716. I'm currently lonely and have no friends on my 3DS and until OoT, I have nothing to do 🙁 I would like if you added me as Majora also 🙂

  • A dro

    Dear jason, 1. how come most of the links in zelda games have link around the same ages (even though they don’t directly mention it.) 2. Do you think that link will be able to switch between young and regular link in a future release (beside OoT3d) and with the stratagies they learned from the newer games do you expect for them to do this again in hopes of another sucessful game?

  • Maxxxxxy

    Rather than Ganon showing up as a main villain 3/4 of the way though, perhaps he shows up as a primary good character? Perhaps laying the foundation for why he becomes "evil" to begin with?

  • Question Here! With the release of the video of the trailer played in revers revealing Zelda's Lullaby, do you think this backwardness will fit into the story or game play of the skyward sword? maybe this is hinting at some interesting features in the new game!

    • cloverplayer

      maybe backward songs will be reintroduced from mm!

  • Sarcaz

    Question: How come my question became so convoluted during my typing that i decided to not include it?

  • Terrare

    Jason, has anybody ever told you how closely you resemble Tingle in both appearance (mostly) and, to a lesser extent, characteristics?

  • cresent soul

    I believe the slingshot in SS isn't like the one in TP in terms of usefulness. This is because the bow isn't used in SS as a quick rapid shooter. The motion controls for the bow in SS indicate that it requires preparation time to use (so hard to use it in mid-fight) and so is more of a sniper tool or puzzle-solving tool. The slingshot is not the supplementary tool for what the bow was in TP, It's used for middle of fights and for getting quick shots and stuns on enemies. So, unlike in TP, the bow and slingshot in SS will not supercede each other and will have very separate uses, therefore be each have significant use throughout the game.

    This is a logical conclusion based on what we've seen, further supported by the fact that Aonuma said TP is being used as a template of sorts for SS. So if TP failed to makes its items useful, SS's supposed adjustment here sounds reasonable.

    • Philshap

      Agreed, I thought the same thing =:

      • Philshap

        Meant =) (that emotion failed

  • 4n 0n 0h mu5

    PLEASE put this in the next mail bag!
    Q: do you think nintendo has been hint-droping the actual timeline all along?
    Think about this; (and I hope this doesn't start a flame war) The art style.
    skyward sword has twilight princess's character models, but wind waker's
    cel shading. we also know SS. comes before Ocaria of Time;BEFORE the split
    in the timeline. OoT. has realistic body proportions but isn't as darkly colored as TP.,so i'd count it as the N64 equivlent of SS.'s graphics. it's also the game where the split happens. (see where this is going?)

    • Punnutty

      Yeah the child timeline has realistic graphics and the adult timeline has cel shaded graphics and SS, OOT and MM have a mixture of both. But what about Nintendo saying that MC is the earliest game in the timeline that's got WW style graphics and that isn't after the split. This really makes me think so dude I gave you a thumbs up, that was awesome.

      • 4n 0n 0h mu5

        thank you for the thumbs up. (takes bow)

  • 4n 0n 0h mu5

    for sake of context here's my take on how the timeline goes;

    from the begining (of time) to the end of the adult timeline;
    SS.>OoT.>Wind Waker>Phantom Hourglass>Spirit Tracks>Minish Cap>Four Swords>Four Swords Adventures.

    from the begining (of time) to the end of the child timeline;
    SS.>OoT.>Majora's Mask>Twilight Princess>A Link to the Past>Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons>Links Awakening>tLoZ>Zelda II.

    while I was coming up with this time line,I made a time-map to hang on the wall,
    then,when SS. was anounced, I didn't know where to stick it on my map,so I'd set it aside to attach it to the map latter,then,we finaly got screens,and,the graphics debate began. At the same time,it was said that SS. was to happen BEFORE OoT.,so I had a place to put SS. on my map.
    as I was attaching the SS. index card to the map, it clicked.
    All the cel-shade games were in the RIGHT-HAND COLUMN. The ADULT timeline.
    I'd have sent it to the mail bag sooner,but at the time I didn't think to,and now you talked timeline in the last mail bag,so I figured why not? does this theory hold water? I'd like to have some input.

    • Punnutty

      Nintendo said MC is the earliest game in the timeline so no, but Nintendo will lie about SS being WII exclusive so I will say Nintendo lied about MC aswell because it looks good after ST in a new Hyrule with a new enemy (Vaati) and the return of an old one (FSA) Ganon.

      • 4n 0n 0h mu5

        I think that nintendo says whatever seams to fit at the time,when it comes to the Zelda timeline.(remember how Miyamoto put the time line before?)
        for all we know, SS. could be a recreation of Hyrule in a post apocolyptic time.(I highly doubt that though.)just saying we can't take everything nintendo say about the timeline at face value,though i do believe we can trust them when they say something like TP. being about 100 years after
        OoT. because they give stuff to back it up. (some of this stuff is in the games themselves,which they specificly mention.)

  • Philshap

    The legend states that male gerudo are born every hundred years, and as SS takes place 100 years before OoT it is possible we will see ganon's father at about the same age as ganon is in OoT. I would like it if Ganons father begins good, and then turns evil and makes an oath to teach all his children in the ways of evilness.

    • Punnutty

      Who is Ganondorf's father ? I would laugh my but of if his father is the king of Hyrule, that would be a good twist.

      • GorCoronSumo

        If male gerudos are born every 100 years, male Gerudos would have to live longer that that to reach puberty so they can have a kid and then teach the kid how to rule so Ganon as a kid could happen in SS.
        phewww…

  • For the timeline, how about how in OOT for the spirit temple you have to solve part of it as a kid, and part as an adult? That would suggest they are not in a parallel universe.

    • 4n 0n 0h mu5

      when Link is sent back at the end of OoT., he's sent back to right after he reaches Hyrule castle town. (in the end cut scene) Navi flies off,and Link goes to talk to Zelda for what she thinks is the first time.this is where the actual split happens; instead of having the same conversation as before,Link warns of Ganondorf's attack. He also probobly proves his story by playing Zelda's lulabye,which he,to them,shouldn't konw.he also knows a lot of other stuff only the royal family should know and has the Kokiri's emerald. when you play though the Sirit temple as a kid,at that point,you Link has already met Zelda before and Ganon has already gone after Zelda and impa on horseback.

      • Punnutty

        The only way I can explain this is Watch the big bang Doctor Who series 5 it's easier to explain Link and time travel when you see a time vortex manipulator being used in the wrong way (breaking the laws of time).

      • 4n 0n 0h mu5

        just in case anyone was wondering,the reason i think the door of time was missing,(also at the end of OoT.) even though it also shouldn't be open yet.
        i say the gods removed it,if it wasn't gone, Link would be stuck in the room with the master sword, and well,you know how that'd turn out. it also explains why they were able to move a magicaly protected building to the woods. (as seen in TP.)

        • 4n 0n 0h mu5

          please excuse the grammar in the post right before this.
          (oops)

  • mini link

    i think they can bring vaati n majora back at least one more time (more majora then vaati). i mean come on they brought ganon back like 100 times , i think they can do it with other villans too!

  • GorCoronSumo

    Jason, would you enjoy a Zelda game (not a spinoff) starring someone besides Link?

  • DekuScrub

    Well Everyone Is Talking About How Ganondorf Gets Annoying In The Legend….But Arent They Forgetting That Link Has Always Been There 100% Of The Time….If You Guys Want A New Enemy Start By Getting a New Hero….Thats The Legend…Ganondorf Is Meant To Be In It…

  • TheGreatMattsby

    Q: Some people have been speculating that "Debbie" is actually Vaati. Do you think this may actually be a possibility?