Nintendo have placed Tri Force Heroes on the official Legend of Zelda timeline, positioning it some time after A Link Between Worlds. The official Japanese Zelda Twitter account shared a timeline featuring the games and ports released during and since 2011.


Hyrule Historia, first published in December 2011, established the official timeline, which confirmed a previous fan theory about the timeline splitting after the events of Ocarina of TIme. This timeline was published before A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes were released. 

The Tri Force Heroes developers had commented on its position in the timeline in October 2015, in which they clarified “the game takes place several years after A Link Between Worlds and features the same hero.” They also added that “the player character you control is the true Hyrulian hero.”

  • Michael West

    This makes it looks like a “remake” timeline, especially since it doesn’t bother to include A Link to the Past, the Oracle games, the NES games, or the Four Swords trilogy.

    I hope the Japanese to the left of OoT3D signifies that the ALBW branch is or isn’t the same as the ALttP branch.

    • Isaac Cook

      It says “since 2011” right at the top…

    • Shona

      I’d love to know what the Japanese says too. The ALttP branch includes the Oracles, LA and NES games.

    • Vladislak

      I’m pretty sure the above image is only including more recent games. Like Isaac Cook said, the picture says it’s only featuring games released since 2011. The others are still a part of the official timeline.

      As a side note though, Nintendo announced the Triforce Heroes timeline placement a day before the games release. I’m not sure why it needed to be reconfirmed.

    • heroofmasks

      4 swords trilogy? theres only 2 games and a updated port/remake

      • Michael West

        Minish Cap is part of the Four Swords Trilogy.

  • linkedblade

    I think it’s funny how twilight princess is the only game to be made for three sequential consoles. It was developed for the GameCube, mirrored and motion controls added for the Wii and now redeveloped for the Wii U.

    So for the Wii U is Link left handed or right handed? Lol

    • Shona

      In the game footage that I’ve seen, he’s left-handed.

    • Film Rewind

      Ocarina/ Majora is on N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii Ware, and 3DS/2DS. Twilight is the little brother here 🙂