Nintendo has released an image that clarifies the placement of A Link Between Worlds in the timeline they released in last year’s Hyrule Historia. Previously, Bill Trinen said that A Link Between Worlds takes place hundreds of years after A Link to the Past. The image chronicles Link’s journey through both A Link Between Worlds and A Link to the Past, but does it really fit together as well as Nintendo wants us to believe? Hit after the jump to read more. There are spoilers for the game’s prologue and backstory.
In the prologue for A Link Between Worlds, we’re given this backstory for the game:
“There is a legend oft told in Hyrule Kingdom. It is the legend of the Triforce, once kept within Hyrule itself. Said to be a gift of the gods, the Triforce could grant a wish of all those who touched it. So of course, many wanted to get their hands on it. Wars were fought for the Triforce. The Royal Family summoned the Seven Sages, who sealed the Triforce in the Sacred Realm. But a thief of notorious repute broke into the Sacred Realm and claimed the Triforce. With its power, he became the Demon King Ganon who sought to dominate all Hyrule.
But just as Ganon had the kingdom in his evil clutches..a legendary hero answered the call of Hyrule’s princess. And this hero, wielding the Master Sword, took up a quest to challenge Ganon’s might. He joined with the descendents of the Seven Sages to seal the Demon King in darkness. The Triforce was divided into three – its tempting power out of any one person’s reach. One part stayed with the Royal Family, while another slipped into Ganon’s possession. Legend says that the third part found its home in the heart of the hero eternal. And while legends come to us from the distant past, others have yet to be written..”
This sounds very much like the story of Ocarina of Time. Ganon obtained the Triforce, it split into three, and the seven sages sealed Ganon within the sacred realm. Very little of it resembles A Link to the Past at all, since in the ending of that game Ganon was destroyed and the full Triforce was left intact. In fact, Link even made a wish on it.
In Hyrule Castle, A Link Between Worlds expands on this story, as there are also paintings depicting the backstory of the game. There are five of them, each with a caption to accompany it. Although it’s highly similar to the text in the prologue, it reveals some additional information.
“This gift from the gods, Hyrule’s greatest treasure, will grant the wish of any mortal who touches it. The Triforce once stoked greed in the hearts of men. A legendary war was fought to keep it out of evil hands.
To end the war for the Triforce, the royal family decided to hide it in the Sacred Realm. They summoned the Seven Sages of legend, who used their power to seal the Triforce away.
The Demon King Ganon was once just a thief – until the man broke into the Sacred Realm. There he stole the Triforce and transformed himself. Then he took his evil campaign back to Hyrule.
A hero of legend arose from humble beginnings, awoken to his purpose by a princess of Hyrule. With the Master Sword, the blade of evil’s bane, he sought the descendents of the Seven Sages. Together they defeated the Demon King Ganon – and sealed him away in darkness.
The Triforce was split into three pieces, separated forever. One piece remains with the royal family. Another piece has fallen into the hands of Ganon, sealed away with him. The third piece of the Triforce has vanished, though legend says it is hidden in the spirit of a true hero. It slumbers now somewhere in Hyrule – waiting for the time when the world needs a new hero.”
Again, the backstory very much resembles that of Ocarina of Time. Link defeated Ganon with the help of the Seven Sages just like in the Nintendo 64 classic. This didn’t happen in A Link to the Past. Ganon was also destroyed at the end of A Link to the Past, not sealed, which is another point of contention and similarity the backstory shares with Ocarina. The Triforce split into three in A Link Between World’s telling, just as it did in Ocarina of Time, but Link wielded the full Triforce after Ganon’s defeat in A Link to the Past. The Triforce never split and is shown intact in the Oracle games, which chronologically take place after A Link to the Past. This is yet another contradiction to the story given in A Link Between Worlds.
Do you think that Nintendo is merely disregarding the timeline, or is there a missing link that we have yet to be able to uncover? Can A Link Between Worlds truly be called a sequel to A Link to the Past with so many blatant inconsistencies? Let us know your thoughts!