The mailbag for August 12, 2009 is contained within:

Waker of Winds writes:

I found a mistake in one of the Adult Timeline theories. Your site says that The Wind Waker is in the Adult Timeline, but in the Adult Timeline the events of Majora’s Mask never occured. This contradicts with the fact that in The Wind Waker when Link is required to gather the Triforce of Courage, their is a small Legend told by The King of Red Lions about how The Hero of Time went into another demension looking for a friend. It is implied that this demension is the Land of Termania. Now if The Wind Waker was in the Adult Timeline than The Hero of Time would not have traveled to Termania and there would have been no need to collect the Triforce Pieces. This means that ethier The Wind Waker and all of its sequels are not in the Adult Timeline or the events that took place in Termania existed in bothe the timelines. Its a paradox caused by the Ocarina of Time but this means that Majora’s Mask happened in both timelines. Is this true?

James writes:

You just answered your own question: It is implied that the dimension is Termina.  It is quite possible that another quest of that nature happened.  But that is what was told by the developers on how the timeline went.


Squrbit writes:

Do you think it as possible for the new Zelda wii title that they take aspects from “The Adventures of Link”? Such as leveling up, and having character stats?

James writes:

No, I really don’t think you’ll see those aspects in any future Zelda game.  “The Adventure of Link” is such a black sheep in the series, that the aspects of the game wouldn’t be accepted by the fans.


Scarlet writes:

I’ve had a question that’s been on my mind for a while. In Majora’s Mask, Link ends up in Termina, which is a parallel universe based off of Hyrule. My question is, does that Link ever return to Hyrule? I’ve seen some timeline theorys, and some people say that the Link from OoT/MM is the father of the Link in Twilight Princess. And if this is true, one of the Links must have returned to Hyrule somehow. But all I really want to know is if the OoT/MM Link returnes to Hyrule.

James writes:

I am pretty sure that Link returns.  At the end of the game, you see Link ride Epona back into (what looks like) The Lost Woods.  That would confirm that Link goes back into Hyrule and leaves Termina behind.


DaltonR6 writes:

What do you think of the idea of an upcoming Zelda game being heavily based on the Gerudo?

James writes:

None of the games prior have been heavily based on one race.  I think all the races have their screen time with Link, then Link moves onto the next race.  If it were based on the Gerudo, it would be to showcase the past of Ganondorf and a mystery behind him.


Noah jepkema writes:

do u have any information on the title of the new zelda wii game

James writes:

If we do, we will post it.  All we know is that there is one official piece of art and that it will be on the Wii.  That’s it.


Dylan writes:

I have a question for the developers of the Zelda games. could you bring back wind waker, but instead for GameCube could you make it for the DS because that would be totally awsome!

James writes:

If you want to get in touch with the developers, contact Nintendo.  I don’t think ports are on their high list of priorities at the moment though.


Gordon George writes:

I have heard rumors of an upcoming RPG called LoZ: Rebirth that features the children of Link and Zelda. Any truth behind this?

James writes:

I have not heard any truths to that yet.  I have seen Valley of the Flood, which is also a false rumor.  I don’t think LoZ will head into a full RPG game ever.

  • TheBattler

    The first question was answered incorrectly; there is no mention of Link leaving on a quest in Wind Waker.

    There is mention of the Hero of Time leaving Hyrule in the beginning, and the King of Red Lions tells Wind Waker's Link (the Hero of Wind) that the Hero of Time left through time (AKA was sent back in time by Zelda).

    • Meralia

      Says the King:
      "When the Hero of Time was called to embark on another journey and left the land of Hyrule, he was separated from the elements that made him a hero. It is said that at that time, the Triforce of Courage was split into eight shards and hidden throughout the land."

      Nothing about other dimentions or travelling through time, just another jouney. But for the question in the mailbag, Link isn't IN the Adult Timeline anymore anyway, Zelda sends him back to his childhood -> he's just not there anymore. Isn't the whole point of TWW backstory that Link (or any hero) wasn't there when Ganondorf crept back from the Sacred Realm?

      • Waker of Winds

        When I said The Hero of Time went into another demension, I said that to be his other "journey". But then again the other "journey" could have been The Hero of Time going back 7 years to relive his childhood. Well this would lead into the Childhood TimeLine anyway which proves that The Wind Waker takes place in the Childhood TimeLine. But this website previously stated that it did not. Perhaps If an event or a "journey" was to occur right after The Ocarina of Time In the Adult TimeLine The Wind Waker could be in the Adult TimeLine

        • Rak

          Hylian History lesson

          This line by the king was in high debate between split timeline theorists and linear timeline theorists until the split timeline was confirmed a little more than two years ago. It was questionable whether the journey the King is referring to is MM Link's journey to Termina in pursuit of Navi, or the act of Zelda sending Link back to his childhood at the end of OoT.

          Luckily the original Japanese text has since been directly translated to suggest the latter interpretation is correct.

          Japanese text directly translated:
          King: "It is said that when the Hero of Time traveled through time and left Hyrule, he was separated from the source of being a hero and the Triforce of Courage turned into 8 fragments and scattered throughout the land."

          The original is much more clear. It seems NoA caused quite a confusion from their chosen text. The Triforce of Courage was shattered into 8 fragments the moment Zelda sent Link back, causing the split and the adult timeline.

          • Waker of Winds

            That's right. I knew that the "jouney" was The Hero of Time going back in time, it's just that I was playing the english version of the game when I thought of this. I lost my Japanese version. There is a difference in the dialect of The King of Red Lions. Based on the current LoZ games released, it seems that The Wind Waker would be in the Child TimeLine but possibly with the release of a new game(not Whistle of The Earth or Zelda Wii) placed after the Adult TimeLine can Wind Waker be proven to exist in that TimeLine. The LoZ TimeLine is an Impossible Puzzle!

          • I think that Rak's answer had cleared up doubts about WW being in the child timeline, but it seems more clarification is needed. In 2002, Aonuma and Miyamoto sat down for an interview. The both confirmed a split timeline AND confirmed that WW takes place in the adult timeline. Here's the important quote from that interview:
            "Ocarina of Time basically has two endings of sorts; one has Link as a child and the other has him as an adult. This game, The Wind Waker, takes place a hundred years after the adult Link defeats Ganon at the end of Ocarina."

            If you want to read more, I'm sure you can find it somewhere on the internet, like Zelda Wiki. Also, here's a list of Japanese translations so yours won't be lost anymore: http://forums.legendsalliance.com/index.php?showt

          • Waker of Winds

            Yes now I see why The Wind Waker is in the Adult Timeline, I never read that full interview. If Nintendo of Japan confirmed this than it's true.

          • I think that Rak's answer had cleared up doubts about WW being in the child timeline, but it seems more clarification is needed. In 2002, Aonuma and Miyamoto sat down for an interview. The both confirmed a split timeline AND confirmed that WW takes place in the adult timeline. Here's the important quote from that interview:
            "Ocarina of Time basically has two endings of sorts; one has Link as a child and the other has him as an adult. This game, The Wind Waker, takes place a hundred years after the adult Link defeats Ganon at the end of Ocarina."

            If you want to read more, I'm sure you can find it somewhere on the internet, like Zelda Wiki. Also, here's a list of Japanese translations so yours won't be lost anymore: http://forums.legendsalliance.com/index.php?showt

      • Lules

        This makes perfect sense. Thanks for writing it!

  • bubmario

    Waker of Winds, I just thought of the exact same thing today! It's a glaring flaw in the split timeline theory. But, you do make a point about how the "journey" could be travelling back in time. It's not really clear on what it is.

    I wonder…would the Hero of Time still have his Triforce when he went back in time? Or would it split then…so much more thinking to do!

    • I think that Rak's reply to Waker of Winds will help you answer some of those questions. A lot can be cleared up by looking at the original text (the Japanese text, that is). A really good place to find these is here: http://forums.legendsalliance.com/index.php?showt

      • bubmario

        Thanks for the link. I was just about to look for some site with a bunch of translated Zelda text. You just save me a lot of trouble!

        • No problem, I'm glad I could help! If you're looking for anything else, just let me know!

  • Teengamer

    Wind Waker would be AMAZING as a DS game, but it's very unlikely in my opinion. Not many games are switched or redone, (Excluding Mario 64 and Diddy Kong racing 64 onto the DS). Great idea, but I think all we can expect is Spirit Tracks for now.

  • Aidon

    WiiPlay LOZ The Wind Waker will be great too.

    • Waker of Winds

      I completly agree!

  • Roanark

    Windwaker is already a DS game… Sort of, the Phantom Hourglass and the newest one, Spirit Tracks, are both continuations of Wind Waker… Phantom Hourglass features the Great Sea and all sorts of other features Wind Waker had, it even has Tetra, it takes place right after Wind Waker, so although not directly… Wind Waker is kind of on the DS. As for the similarity between Wind Waker and Spirit Tracks, I don't know much at all.

  • Hey Scarlet! Your question is one that a lot of theorists struggle with. While James did answer with one theory, there is another prominent one out there. The ending of MM does suggest that Link does leave to return to Hyrule (entering the Lost Woods and all that jazz). But there is a theory that suggests he doesn't make it. He gets lost in the Lost Woods and becomes the Hero Shade in TP (since he knows all the moves and is passing them on to TP Link).

    Also, in regards to MM Link being TP Link's father, I doubt that's true. Most of the games are explicit when they are linked to previous games in the series. I'm sure that the dialogue would have mentioned something about a father-son relationship or at least strongly implied it.

    • Polychrome

      I think there's sufficient evidence that the Hero's Shade is Ocarina Link.

      However, beyond that, there's nothing to say. He probably just got old and died, taking most of his "hero's skills" with him, hence the ghost-training.

  • Ulrock7777

    TP Link can't be the child of OoT Link, doesn't TP take place at least 100 years after OoT? Last I checked, 100 year old mean don't father children very often