One of the more interesting new races introduced in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was that of the Koroks. Tiny little tree people that serve the Great Deku Tree, these friends are said to have evolved from the Kokiri in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Barring the remake of Wind Waker, the Koroks never showed up again in a main series game, but that's set to change with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Nintendo recently shared a video showing off the Koroks in Breath of the Wild, pulling footage from the demo that was available at E3. It's pretty cool to see that the Koroks are getting a shot at being featured in another game, and it'll be interesting to see how the story addresses their presence this time around. Take a look:
What do you think? Are you glad the Koroks are back? Where do you think this puts Breath of the Wild in the timeline? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Okay, I have to stop looking at these pictures, teasers and infos. Now I just want to play the game!
Wind Waker was my least favorite in terms or character design for toon link and the population in general. The bosses were amazing. So to me these guys are mostly inconsequential save the fact that they put this game after Wind Waker in terms of story line.
I cant wait to see its placement in the timeline because I love having marathon gameplay every time a new console Zelda gets release.
@Arlo Is it really you?
@Arlo Yeah, from two months ago when they showed the Koroks during E3.
@Arlo Yeah, I was expecting this to just show off what they looked like or something, not flat-out give away where some of them are hidden.
Don't think the Koroks determine the timeline placement. Unlike the Rito, the Koroks didn't have a specific reason to evolve and could have taken place in any of the three timelines.
Such a random thing for Nintendo to suddenly upload a video about...
I think these videos are supposed to tell us where BOTW fits in the Zelda timeline. And it would appear to be after Wind Waker and The Phantom Hourglass.
In Wind Waker, I believe the Koroks flew off to plant new tree seeds.
I believe this is that land where they planted the seeds.
It could still be in the child timeline, if the new great deku tree grew in that timeline as well.
My theory puts BotW in the adult timeline, but in a new timeline branch starting at the end of the 'Era Without a Hero', shortly before the Great Flood.
The 'Era Without a Hero' doesn't make sense with the lore regarding Hylia's sacrifice, as that means that a reincarnation of both Hylia and her Chosen Hero would be present whenever Hyrule was in danger... the only explanation would be that the hero merely failed during his quest, and so didn't reach Ganondorf in time to stop him in the Wind Waker timeline... and as with the OoT failure timeline split, this means that there could easily be one or more successful timelines as well, which would be where BotW would occur.
We know very little about what was going on in that timeline between OoT and the Great Flood, but the backstory of Wind Waker does show an image of Ganondorf that strongly resembles Calamity Ganon.
At the end of OoT, where Link and Zelda are sudddenly transported into the air, could mean that the ruins of the old Hyrule Castle and Castle Town had been transported to the Sacred Realm along with Ganondorf... and if they had been released along with Ganondorf, this could explain the Great Plateau.
It's also possible that the early stages of the Great Flood had already begun before the hero appeared, which could explain the large number of ponds we've seen on the Great Plateau, as well as the transformation of the Kokiri into the Korok.
The more I see of this game the more I do really want to play it.
It's a long wait until March 😞
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Hide-and-seek with Koroks and the video is such a spoiler telling where they are hiding...
This wait is just going to be....ugh.
I hoped they would give them a new design, but they look exactly the same. Hopefully the Gorons and Zora's look different!
@Jingo_Unchained I don't even know when I'll get the game. If the Wii U version is fine I'll get it day one. If the Wii U version has slowdowns and visual issues I won't get a NX thing just because of that, so who knows when I'll get to play the game, even though I'm a Zelda fan. Perhaps it will be remastered for Scorpio/Neo, who knows at this point... or I won't wait and will get the Wii U version, I don't know.
My head canon is that this takes place in an alternate future from Wind Waker, where Ganondorf succeeded in raising Hyrule from the depths of the Great Sea.
@IceClimbers I thought it was implied, at least to me, the reason they evolved the way they did was to be able to travel about and plant seeds.
@DragonEleven The desolate landscape, ruined Temple of Time and the guardians covered in moss/algae and most significantly: salt sediments being found on the rocks/mountains seems more indicative of this taking place after the Wind Waker or indeed in an alternate timeline where Ganondorf succeeded in raising Hyrule from the depths of the ocean.
I haven't played WW yet, so I'm unfamiliar with the Koroks. They look like an interesting race, to say the least.
@ThanosReXXX The landscape may not be as desolate as it appeared in the E3 demo... they did say that they had removed villages to avoid revealing too much of the story.
The Temple of Time (in my theory) would have been sent to the Sacred Realm like the rest of Castle Town, so would not only have been left to crumble with the rest of the town, but would also likely have been targeted by Ganondorf in search of a way back to Hyrule.
Moss is just what you'd expect to find growing on stone that had been left untouched for a long period of time, and while moisture would have accelerated this growth, this could still be explained by the early stages of the Great Flood that caused all of the ponds.
We'd also seen in Skyward Sword that Hyrule had once been at least partially flooded in the distant past, prior to the Great Flood, so the ancient salt could easily date back to then.
Seems a bit odd how they just randomly put this video up with no specific timing. Eh. Oh well. Still looking forward to this game.
@DragonEleven Could of course be, and not saying you were wrong, it was just my idea on things. Obviously, the whole timeline is debatable and moot. Nintendo has just given us one because the fans wanted to have one, but going by the number of articles and YouTube videos making their own timeline that's totally different from what Nintendo proposes (and sometimes even with quite a decent bit of logic behind it) not everybody agrees, so there will probably be a renewed debate on it with every game coming out...
Oh, well... keeps the crowds busy, I guess.
@ThanosReXXX Not even Nintendo knows itself. This is like
@VanillaLake Exactly. That was also my point. I have a DVD from GameTrailers, called The Legend of Zelda Retrospective, and they propose a very well constructed timeline all the way up to The Wind Waker, including all the handheld editions up to the Game Boy Advance.
This free to download DVD has since then been replaced with a YouTube HD video series re-release of their version of the timeline including ALL the games up til now. It's actually quite an interesting watch.
@ThanosReXXX The release of the official timeline in the Hyrule Historia can basically be considered to be Nintendo acknowledging the importance of an established timeline, so they will likely be reinforcing that from now on, either by filling in the gaps, or by expanding it further.
The 'Era Without a Hero' is one of the most major gaps, due to the fact that it appears to contradict the established lore of the series, so this will likely be a priority for them to address in a future game... and BotW seems like the perfect opportunity for them to do that.
It's also worth noting that each new gameplay style introduced has marked a split in the timeline... 3D split the downfall and victory timelines, and open world split the child and adult timelines... so it would make sense for all of the changes coming to BotW to mark a split within the adult timeline.
@DragonEleven Well, that may be, but personally, I'm not considering Nintendo's own take on it to be the correct one by default, since they have changed it a couple of times and several persons like Aonuma and Miyamoto have made conflicting statements on it.
Maybe if you're interested, go and watch GameTrailer's The Legend of Zelda Retrospective on YouTube. They've put a LOT of work in it and it comes across as a truly thoughtful and intelligent theory.
@VanillaLake I think that's more to do with their relationship not translating properly... what Nintendo has said has made it clear that Bowser Jr. is his only child... all of the references that are assumed to say otherwise are actually open to interpretation... they might act like a family, or even refer to one another as such as times, but that doesn't mean they are... in Japan it is quite common for gangs to have that kind of a relationship with one another... like an adopted family, rather than a biological one.
I know but when I was kid the cartoons taught me that they are Bowser's children and it's hard to think otherwise now. Plus, not even Nintendo is coherent about it, although Nintendo of Japan is more consistent.
This article explains it quite good, all of you Nintendo fans here should read it:
I miss the Kokiri. The reasoning the Kokiri became Koroks doesn't even make sense.
I love how there is just background noise and no music. Feels fresh
I still think BotW is in the WW timeline!
I loved Wind Waker, and the Koroks, but it never made sense to me either how the Kokiri ended up as these weird (but sorta cute) tree creatures.
This does likely show that Breath of the Wild is somewhere along the Wind Waker timeline. Just not another branch please XD
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