Episode 27 - The Legend of Zelda: Retrospective and Complete Series Chronology (Preparing for Tears of the Kingdom)
The (New) Joy of Gaming Podcast - Episode Twenty-Seven
The Legend of Zelda: Retrospective and Complete Series Chronology (Preparing for Tears of the Kingdom)
On this episode of The Joy of Gaming Podcast, we are getting ready for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom in the most complete way we could think of: by looking back and tracing the entire chronology of The Legend of Zelda series. We track the series’ origins on the NES all the way through Breath of the Wild on Switch, discussing each game in release order and also exploring its place in the overall series chronology. So if you have always wondered how the various mainline Zelda titles are connected, this episode has the answers.
After all, in 2013, two years after the release of Skyward Sword, Nintendo released the Hyrule Historia, from Dark Horse Books - an epic tome that finally revealed the official order of events for every game in the Zelda franchise. So for our journey, we start with this book, first walking through the three branching paths of the timeline at a high-level before zooming-in to see where each mainline game fits into the overarching narrative.
And once we understand the chronology at a high-level, we travel back to 1986 and the original The Legend of Zelda to begin our complete series retrospective, game-by-game and memory-by-memory. So join us, as we celebrate one of the most storied franchises in all of gaming, and prepare for the next epic chapter in Link and Zelda’s adventures.
Run of Show:
00:00 - Introductions / Our History with the Series
10:39 - Background - The Legend of Zelda Chronology Explained (Hyrule Historia)
21:58 - The Legend of Zelda - Series Retrospective
Mainline Series in Release Order:
02:22:30 - The Legend of Zelda - Spin Off Titles
02:26:50 - Final Questions and Thoughts
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