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Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Not on Zelda Timeline

There's no room on the timeline for Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. Some story-line is set up, but not enough to prove to be a Zelda sequel.

The newest expansion in the Zelda franchise, Tri Force Heroes, is reported to not have a slot on the Zelda timeline.

Why I'm Not Surprised

According to Julie Gagnon, spokesperson for Nintendo of Canada, the Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will not be included within the already formatted Legend of Zelda timeline. The timeline has had the reputation over the past few years to upset many Zelda fans, and although this game has a bit of a storyline, it won't be cemented in a specific time or Zelda universe. We can probably fit the game in with the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds due to graphic choice and the console being on the Nintendo 3DS, but otherwise we have nothing else to go on.

Reasoning

Some of the reasoning behind this choice could be due to how the game is not a real sequel within the Zelda series. Although the king of the kingdom sets Link upon a vigorous adventure, it is presently unsure if the game will even include Princess Zelda or Ganon. 

Spokesperson Julie Gagnon stated that: 

 “It really depends on what the developer has in mind for the franchises. Sometimes you have Zelda sequels and what we have today with Zelda: Triforce [sic] Heroes is completely different and not in the timeline of Zelda.”- Julie Gagnon, Spokesperson for Nintendo of Canada

It's quite understandable how this game is more about teamwork and less about story development. Hopefully in the future they can include a section of the timeline meant for games such as this or even Hyrule Warriors.

If you're looking for more information on Tri Force Heroes, you can read my earlier article, "A Closer Look into The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes" and "No playable female characters in the Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes".

What is your opinion about Tri Force Heroes not being in the timeline?

Published Jul. 4th 2015
  • Autumn Fish
    Featured Correspondent
    I think Nintendo is trying turn away from the Zelda timeline. The timeline was a disastrous mistake on their part, which only restricted what they could create for the Zelda Universe going forward. I know of people who believe that with Zelda Wii U they are completely rebooting the series, hence the delay announcement. As a long time Zelda fan, I personally really hope that they are doing a total reboot. That's definitely what the series needs. I'm excited to see how the game turns out after it's all said and done. Now after hearing this isn't on the timeline, I'm actually MORE interested to try it out.
  • Courtney Gamache
    Featured Contributor
    I think it's cool to think about a Zelda Timeline, and maybe compare games together. I believe all Zelda fans alike knew Majora's Mask was a sequel-ish addition to Ocarina of Time, and that Phantom of the Hourglass and Spirit Tracks were semi-related to Wind Waker. I guess I still find it astonishing how they tied in Skyward Sword as "the first" game even though it doesn't particularly fit with the others. Hopefully you're right in the aspect that the new Zelda Wii U game will be completely unrelated to the timeline and bring in some fresh ideas without over-complicating it.

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