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    Theory: Breath of the Wild is a DREAM just like Link's Awakening!
    • In Zelda games, we have seen many times that things are not as they seem. Nintendo even takes this to the next level by telling and making us realize the world we are in within a Zelda game is false, from dreams, visions, or other subworlds. Examples of this are (spoiler alert)
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      Majora’s Mask, Link’s Awakening, and Phantom Hourglass.

      In my recent Breath of the Wild theories, I mentioned that I truly felt the next following Zelda game, remake or not, would have something to do with Breath of the Wild’s lore and maybe even its timeline placement. Seeing the next Zelda game is a remake of Link’s Awakening, an idea crept into my thoughts, and a theory became present. What if Breath of the Wild is all a dream just like Link’s Awakening? I created two versions of this theory and I’ll explain each and then give more evidence for both and what I actually believe to be real after I mention each version.

      Version 1 - Breath of the Wild is true up until Link’s fall.

      This version of the theory is, in my opinion, the more likely one. Basically, during the fight at Fort Hateno, Link makes his last stand, passes out, and is put in the Shrine of Resurrection. From that point on, I believe Link is dreaming in his sleep. His memories before his fall are true however. So, for reasons unknown, he has yet to wake up. (I’ll go over a more specific point* behind his continuing slumber later on.) Maybe he is having a preview of what he needs to when he ACTUALLY wakes up. I mean, the dude’s been apparently asleep for 100 years (or maybe even less actually)! So much dreaming can happen under that much amount of sleep. Also, the fact Link was able to recall memories where and when he wasn’t even present (Champion’s Ballad DLC) points to a theory like this as well. Yes, I know they are just flashback cutscenes without Link having the realization eye-opening animation, but game did label them as memories. And from my own experience, realistically speaking, only in my dreams could I be present and then all of a sudden shift my perspective to somewhere I am not.

      Version 2 - The entirety of Breath of the Wild is false and a dream.

      This version is a little more out there, but I still appeared to me in my mind as something I must mention. So in this version of the theory, Link is still asleep… somewhere. He could still be asleep in the Shrine of Resurrection or in a really bad coma somewhere else. And everything that happened, before and after he started sleeping is false. His amnesia and sense of this “new, unknown world” could be the only legitimate thing, with all memories and events being false. Which means his amnesia isn’t even amnesia, he just actually never experienced any of the game’s events and assumes each “past memory” happened before when it didn’t. Link is in a crazy freaking dream.

      More Evidence From Game (Important Points)
      • The reason for Link still being asleep and actually dreaming in the Shrine of Resurrection (if he’s even in there) comes from the fact it is advanced Sheikah technology. It is healing him over the course of 100+ or maybe even less years, (regardless it still is very advanced technology) so it makes sense to have a huge effect on whatever’s going on within his head.
      • Assuming Memory 17 actually did happen, Link could of unconsciously in a way listened to the conversation between Zelda and Fi, so the words like “Shrine of Resurrection” could of crept into his mind and created an assumed reality out of it.
      • In the Link’s Awakening remake, it could create new canon showing the Wind Fish* might have something to do with the dream world created in Breath of the Wild.
      More Evidence From Nintendo (Important Points)
      • Nintendo didn’t put Breath of the Wild in the timeline (yet) for a reason, this could be it or this could be their newfound answer.
      • Nintendo made Breath of the Wild’ story and lore connecting to other Zelda games difficult or rather an impossibility due to their time spent on building Breath of the Wild’s game engine. This, the timeline consistencies, amiibo, DLC, whatever could be explained by making it all fake, a dream. I mean, the purpose of Breath of the Wild was to test out the new engine, voice acting, etc. anyway. Now that it’s been realized, make a game that could fall into the timeline!
      • The developers of Breath of the Wild in an interview mentioned they would like to use the Champions again in future games. Best way to do it, don’t make them dead!
      And finally, I believe that in the next big 3D Zelda game, (or in the ending of the Link’s Awakening remake) to put both versions my theory into play, the game will start out with or at some point show us that the events of Breath of the Wild were a dream, and the REAL adventure is taking place.
      Let me know your comments, questions, concerns on this theory! :mastahsword:
    • I do not see any particular reason to stamp Breath of the Wild in particular away as a dream. The same argument can be made for literally any game in the series, especially those where Link starts by waking up, which is a lot of them (LTTP, OoT, TWW, TMC, PH, ST, SS, LBW and BotW itself of course). Dream theories in of themselves are impossible to disprove because any evidence brought up against them can be explained away as being part of the dream.

      NoSkinnedKoopa wrote:

      In the Link’s Awakening remake, it could create new canon showing the Wind Fish* might have something to do with the dream world created in Breath of the Wild.
      The corpse of something similar to the Wind Fish appears in the far southwest of Gerudo Desert; a whale skeleton with tiny wings. Make of that what you will I suppose. What Nintendo's reasons are for making the Link's Awakening remake in general remains to be seen, but I doubt it is because of story first and foremost; that is never the case with this series where large story elements are thought up and based on the gameplay.

      NoSkinnedKoopa wrote:

      Nintendo didn’t put Breath of the Wild in the timeline (yet) for a reason, this could be it or this could be their newfound answer.
      It seems pretty obvious to me the games and the books are drifting apart. The Historia did not always follow the games and the games that came out after did not follow it, most notably the backstory of LBW and all the brouhaha surrounding BotW the last two years. And then the second timeline book did not change its claims to be more consistent with the later games and instead followed in the trant of the claims made by the Historia (the Historia is listed as a source in the Encyclopedia, the games themselves are not). Then again, the Encyclopedia is not consistent with the Historia either. The actual game developers are ignoring the books while making their games, and the books are ignoring the new lore introduced in the games. Breath of the Wild is not even in the Encyclopedia and it seems like an effort to distance the games from the books at this point.

      NoSkinnedKoopa wrote:

      Nintendo made Breath of the Wild’ story and lore connecting to other Zelda games difficult or rather an impossibility due to their time spent on building Breath of the Wild’s game engine. This, the timeline consistencies, amiibo, DLC, whatever could be explained by making it all fake, a dream. I mean, the purpose of Breath of the Wild was to test out the new engine, voice acting, etc. anyway. Now that it’s been realized, make a game that could fall into the timeline!
      It seems multiverse is at play here honestly. The amiibo items are said to come from a different plane of existence by the loading screen of Wolf Link. Amiibo items are also explained like this in other series like Fire Emblem. This also explains the knowledge of all the events in the different timelines to an extent.
      Extended Child Timeline (ECT): SS > Era of Wars > OoT > MM >> TP >>> TMC >> FS backstory >> FS > FSA >> Seal War > LTTP > OoX > LA >> LBW >> Golden Era >> Zelda 1 > Zelda 2 >>> BotW
      AT: SS > Era of Wars > OoT >> Great Flood >> TWW > PH >> ST >>> TFH

      :sparta:
    • NoSkinnedKoopa wrote:

      In the Link’s Awakening remake, it could create new canon showing the Wind Fish* might have something to do with the dream world created in Breath of the Wild.
      Don't use speculation as evidence for a theory.

      NoSkinnedKoopa wrote:

      The developers of Breath of the Wild in an interview mentioned they would like to use the Champions again in future games. Best way to do it, don’t make them dead!
      Zelda characters recur all the time with no explanation. "It's magic! We don't have to explain it!"

      Here's a good video about this subject:

      What's the point of these theories, anyway? Of course a work of fiction didn't happen!
    • Breath of the Wild is on the timeline.
      If you write it vertically, top old, bottom new, BotW is at the bottom.

      We know its vertical placement. Its horizontal placement is unknowable and it was never meant to fit in any of the three splits.
      Regardless, it is a canon game.

      I find this theory is more about how it COULD be a dream, and very little explanation of why it would make SENSE to be a dream.
      But to play Devil's Advocate:
      • Sheikah presence is way too big in this game. The Sheikah are using an entire island filled with Ganon's minions as a trial, and remove all your items in the blink of an eye. This is further amplified in the DLC where they do the same in TotS, and on numerous occasions in the Champion's Ballad. Noteworthy is the Blight battles where Sheikah straight up knock Link out and have him do mind battles. Even more noteworthy is how Maz Koshia could easily be a worthy opponent for Ganon, but doesn't interfere directly.
      • Your items break with a flash reminiscent of Sheikah technology.
      All could be explained with more logical explanations than making ALL of Link's journey a dream though.