For the first time ever, New Nintendo reports, the Zelda timeline—the chronology of the events of every game combined, widely speculated on but rarely acknowledged by anyone involved in the games' creation—will be officially revealed. The news comes based on an English translation of a scan of the Japanese Zelda-pedia, the "Hyrule Historia," which is set to be released in Japan on Wednesday.
In a section titled "Finally Revealed, the Genealogy of the Legend," it's believed the actual chronological order of every event in the millenia-spanning series will be revealed. Sub-sections include "The Timeline of Hyrule, Kingdom of the Gods," "The Legend of Gods and the Hero of Time," "The Downfall of Hyrule and the Last Hero," "The Twilight Realm and the Hero's Descendant," and "The Hero of Wind and the New World." Some of what that refers to is obvious (Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Ocarina of Time), but it's anyone's guess where the rest of the games in the series—down to classics like Link's Awakening and A Link to the Past—fit in. Until Wednesday, that is.
Part of the problem fans have had coming up with a rational timeline up until now is that the series doesn't seem to fit together perfectly—Wind Waker comes after Ocarina of Time, but where do spin-offs like Minnish Cap fit in? Plus, Nintendo's always been trollishly ambiguous. Are you excited for Wednesday or could you not possibly care less? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.