In a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, Eiji Aonuma spoke about the Zelda Timeline and in particular the placement of Skyward Sword. You can check out a scanned image of the magazine to see some artwork and what Eiji had to say. The relevant tidbit is mentioned below.
“Yes there is a master timeline but its confidential document!” explains Aunuma-san. “The only people to have access to that document are myself, Mr. Miyamoto and the director of the title. We cant share it with anyone else! I have already talked to Mr. Miyamoto about this so I am comfortable in releasing this information – this title [Skyward Sword] takes place before Ocarina of Time. if I said that a certain title was ‘the first Zelda game’, then that means that we cant ever make a title that takes place before that! So for us to add titles to the series, we have to have a way of putting the titles before or after each other.”
So now we have complete confirmation from Aonuma himself. Not only of Skyward Sword’s placement, but also a reaffirmation of an existence of a secured document that does indeed contain the Zelda timeline. This timeline document that they have referenced several times in the past does seem very mysterious. Does it include the games not developed by Nintendo such as The Minish Cap or Oracle of Ages? Does it include events from back stories of various Zelda games? I highly doubt they would ever share much of any information about it, since even judging by this news post, you can tell that it has such a giant following of fans that are interested in the timeilne. Skyward Sword is set to release in 2011 and here at Zelda Dungeon we’ll be providing a complete Skyward Sword Walkthrough upon release. Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest Skyward Sword news right here at Zelda Dungeon.
Thanks to Windwackster over at the Zelda Universe Forums for providing the scan as well as the rest of them from the recent Official Nintendo Magazine issue.