My Timeline Theory:
First some brief tidbits of Information before I explain:
Now I want to argue that the timeline itself is like a child's imagination, a beautiful and creative thing not held back by anything known in this world, by rational reasoning, or anything else.
What I have constructed is the most rational explanation. I will note that this is not what Nintendo has in mind but this is the only logical possibility due to inconsistancy with statements from Nintendo and the plots and other information from the games.
With this in mind the "Legend of Zelda" becomes just that- a Legend;free for the storyteller to embellish and alter and add on to or subtract from-a great story. Now there will be several inconsistancies created with that, and so this timeline theory is based around someone looking at the story rationally and noting that.
This theory has very little to do with the timeline but everything to do with rational thought and I would trust it will be treated as such. It is ad hoc in nature: it was contribed almost exclusively to disprove every other theory out there. I can say quite honestly after looking at it objectively and scientifically it has done just that.
However one must note that while looking at Zelda as a series it is irrational. The storyline, especially between games, would be inconsistant, not only because there are several pieces missing but because it is a legend; things could have happened or could be just stories, or dreams, or alternate versions of the same tale.
Do not forsake your theories and your thoughts on the series, infact I'd encourage the opposite-continue to construct and reconstruct ideas.
I will resolve to use this logic outside of this thread to help critique theories, including my own, to ultimately enlighten our community and come to what I think is an exciting and astounding conclusion.
We are through all the boring repition of possibilities. This is where it gets interesting.
Also some quick notes:
The "Reality Planes" are not numbered for anything other than reference. I'm not trying to imply order with that.
If the games are connected with a "/" on the reality planes graphic, then it means that they probably happened in a parallel reality at the same time or are indestinguishable timewise.
I do concede that some of the games do have direct sequels, but that these are chronologically or logically coherant and don't necessaraly "flow" well.