A timeline and a legend (or is it a legend and a timeline?)
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04-21-2010, 06:22 PM
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Re: A timeline and a legend (or is it a legend and a timeline?)
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aren't in the same timeline, yet
references appear all over
. Including storyline references.
There seems to be a dichotomy here:
- On the one hand, there is a clear distinction between the history of Adult
and the history of Child
according to the developers.
- On the other hand, events and elements from the Child
history appear frequently in
, an Adult
If the histories are truly separate, this situation should not exist.
This creates the appearance, at least from my perspective, that maybe the series continuity isn't based on a "historical" timeline, but rather a body of linking stories that don't have to flow in an entirely coherent way.
can simultaneously succeed stories told in
while at the same time existing in a separate fictional history from those stories.
It's rather similar to the idea that even though the Biblical Gospel accounts recount several different versions of Jesus's crucifixion, these stories all have a place in the Biblical canon. Christians don't adhere exclusively to "one canonical Gospel," ruling out others due to their inconsistencies; they accept the Gospels as four unique parts of one whole.
While Nintendo had long since acknowledged that they had two ending on
from which to make sequels from, it really seems like they didn't use the timeline split until they actually made
. It seems a lot like at some point they wanted to make everything linear, but then when WW wasn't received as well as they had hoped for, they used the fan timeline split theory as a free pass to simply split it as everyone expected them to do. I think I even remember hearing that there was a point in
early development where they were calling it Wind Waker 2, or something to that effect.
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