And still we know little about the upcoming The Legend of Zelda Wii U, despite it being one of the most anticipated Nintendo releases of the past many years, set to open up the world of The Legend of Zelda like never before.
So, canonically where does this new game lie? The Legend of Zelda series has always featured pretty convoluted chronologies (as outlined in the Hyrule Historia) and there are many different official and unofficial theories circulating around the split timelines.
The upcoming game is set to shake up the format of the gameplay and the landscape in a whole new manner, so what does this mean for the series legend? What we've seen of The Legend of Zelda Wii U thus far already looks very different to what came before, especially in terms of the redesign of both Link and his iconic horse, Epona.
The most recent release in the series wasn't a new title but rather a remake of one of the most under-appreciated games of the series, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U. Twilight Princess lies on the Child Era section of the Triumphant Hero timeline (following the events of Ocarina of Time) and takes part during the Twilight Era of Hyrule.
Why is this relevant? Well, there's already been some connections made between Twilight Princess HD and the upcoming Wii U game, both by eagle eyed fans and by series producer Eiji Aonuma himself in a recent interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu:
Aonuma: "When I look at this [Twilight Princess] remake, I feel like this is the origin point of the new title we’re making right now. After playing [Twilight Princess] you may have some "Oh I see!" moments when playing the new [Wii U] game, so I’ll be glad if you play 'Twilight Princess HD' while waiting in anticipation for the latest title of 'Legend of Zelda'."
Additionally, the new Wolf Link amiibo introduced for Twilight Princess can also be carried over to be used with the new game when it releases, as well as "part of the data saved," according to Aonuma. Hmm...
So, does this mean The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will also take place in the Child Era timeline? YouTuber Zeltik posits that during the retexturing process for Twilight Princess HD the developers may have slipped in little clues pertaining to the narrative of the Zelda U game, leading to the "Oh I see!" moments teased by Aonuma.
For example a carving found in Twilight Princess HD's Castle Town seems to screw with the established timelines, featuring Child Link with the Goron Darunia (Ocarina of Time), a Zora, and Rito bird people (Wind Waker). The inclusion of the Rito is especially interesting, as they're a race that does not exist in the Child Era timeline as Twilight Princess (with the Rito having evolved from the Zora during the Adult Era succeeding Ocarina of Time).
Furthermore, the events that the carving seems to depict don't really match with anything we've seen in the Zelda mythology before, so does this mean they're pointing to something entirely different?
Zeltik does a pretty good breakdown of the carving imagery (which you can check out on YouTube here) and posits that it may point to events which occur prior to Twilight Princess in the timeline - events which will be explored in greater detail in The Legend of Zelda Wii U.
So is this one of Aonuma's "Oh I see!" moments, or just a little Easter Egg for those paying attention? Does this mean that The Legend of Zelda Wii U will take place in the Child Era timeline preceding Twilight Princess? It's hard to tell, but it's certainly interesting to think about in regard to what Aonuma has said about the Link between the two games (pun intended).