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I've been wondering, is there any link between each LoZ game other than there's a character called Link who has to save Zelda? Because it seems that most of the time it's a different setting like at sea or on land or in the sky. Could it be parallel universes? Different time zones?

Are there any canon facts or any fan theories that put it to rest?

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The Legend of Zelda series is actually set almost entirely in one place, just at different times.

This is all covered in the Hyrule Historia, an official book released two years ago which contains the official timeline as of Skyward Sword. All Legend of Zelda games are linked, but there are multiple timelines.

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It is also worth noting that, while the settings appear to be different, most of the Legend of Zelda games take place in Hyrule -- either before its founding, during its existence, or after its destruction. Keep in mind, also, that most of these are different Links than the ones around them; IE, the Skyward Sword Link is not the Link from A Link to the Past, while the Link from Majora's Mask is directly stated to be the Link from Ocarina of Time.

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    can you put a bit more detailed summary in your answer so the answer isn't mostly contained in the link? – NKCampbell Dec 9 '15 at 18:51
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    @NathanK.Campbell Done. – Slacklord the Terrible Dec 9 '15 at 18:57
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    @AdamYoshi These are almost entirely different Links. Each Link is a kid named Link and dressed up as Link in honor of another Link, until you're left with Link in Skyward Sword... who may or may not be the first Link, thanks to time travel shenanigans. – Slacklord the Terrible Dec 9 '15 at 19:29
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    @CBredlow Also Majora's Mask, which references Link's search for Navi, who left at the end of OoT. – Slacklord the Terrible Dec 9 '15 at 22:05
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    dammit - now I need to play even more Zelda... – HorusKol Dec 10 '15 at 1:50

I think this question is too broad, because there are so many games.

I'm suspecting that this answer focuses on games other than the ones that Finian was intending to focus on (when creating the question). However, at the time this answer was written, the question was pretty broad (referring to "each LoZ game"). If Finian wishes something more specific, I suggest clarifying (or asking a separate question).

I'll start the answer by looking at just two of the games: The hammer in Zelda 2 is in a cave next to a boulder. The cave is meant to represent Death Mountain from Quest 1 in Zelda 1; the nearby (hammerable, for a secret) bolder is meant to be the other section of Spectacle Rock. Image of Zelda 1 overworld compared to section of Zelda 2 shows a graveyard to the Southwest of Spectacle Rock, a (rejuvenated, and now green) forest between that and a thin river going from the Level 4 & Level 1 lakes to the southern sea, part of a map. Official statements have indicated that this small section of Zelda 2 is meant to correspond to Zelda 1, and therefore Zelda 2's world is much larger than Zelda 1's. So, the canon answer here is that yes, these worlds are related; they are the same world.

Another example from the series: It is my understanding that "The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds" involves the map from A Link To The Past. I haven't yet gotten around to playing it, so I'm not sure just how authentic it is.

Obviously, the Master Quest re-used much content from the earlier Ocarina of Time release.

Obviously, Zelda 3's Light World was intended to be a parallel universe to Zelda 3's "Golden Land", more commonly known as the "Dark World" that Ganon created.

In Zelda 3 (A Link To The Past), Death Mountain contains Spectacle Rock (shown as location #4 from this map of Zelda 3's Death Mountain.

Everything stated above is all official similarities, well-backed by official writings (storylines from manuals, or Strategy Guides, or old Nintendo Power magazine issues) and, therefore, can safely be considered canon.

Zelda 3 also has the Lost Woods in the Western part of the world. The land of the Zoras involves a waterfall to the right. With so many similarities, it seems like this was also meant to represent the same area. Furthermore, Hyrule Castle's has an Eastern bridge, and water heading much further South (and East), which is rather similar to Zelda 1's Level 1. It is clear that the creators felt free to use lots of flexibility, and they focused more on making a fun map than just trying to precisely re-create the past. However, there are so many similarities that I think it feels rather likely that Zelda 1's map was used as an early basic template.

It is entirely conceivable that all three of the first games were intended to be considered to be part of the same universe. Actually, even though Zelda 4 (Link's Awakening, for Gameboy) was supposed to be on Koholint Island (and, therefore, is the first game that wasn't meant to be in Hyrule), Zelda 4's map seems to have some layout quite similar to Zelda 3's layout. Since Zelda 4 was supposedly a dream, and dreams often take elements from wakened life, it is entirely conceivable that Koholint Island is a dream's modification of Hyrule.

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