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As The Legend of Zelda series has existed since 1986, the series has explored several different styles and ideas. Zelda Wiki has grown with the series, and so certain guidelines have been implemented to best account for these changes in style in order to preserve a cohesive database of everything Zelda. Many of Zelda Wiki's guidelines are influenced by policy, which is decided by the staff as needed. In order to assist editors with keeping up with changes in policy, a Policy Log is available below. Entries are provided in a chronological order, putting the most recent policy changes last.

A complete List of Guidelines is also presented below, as well as the Universal Guidelines, which apply to all pages and inform subsequent guidelines.

Policy Log

See also: Policy Voting Process


Date Policy Notes Affected Guidelines
February 23, 2019 Foreign name citation It was decided that foreign names should be cited in both the Nomenclature sections of articles as well as Translations listings, but only if the name differs from what is present in a given game.  · Guidelines:Terminology
March 1, 2019 Use of Template:Media Guidelines for Template:Media were created to help standardize its usage.  · Guidelines:Articles
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August 24, 2019 Concept/developmental file categories It was decided that appropriate categories should be made for concept/developmental files for every applicable game. These files should be kept separate from their final build counterparts.  · Guidelines:Files
October 19, 2019 Merging dungeon articles It was decided that dungeon articles that share the same name should be merged together. Turtle Rock is an example of this.
November 23, 2019 Category template It was decided that all applicable categories should be sorted in the {{Categories}} template in addition to the previous "X in Y" categories.  · Guidelines:Categories

List of Guidelines

Media Guidelines

Media guidelines concern games and supporting media.

Breath of the Wild Guidelines Encyclopedia Guidelines Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Guidelines

Style Guidelines

Animated PNG Guidelines Article Guidelines Boilerplate Guidelines Cameo Guidelines
Canon Guidelines Category Guidelines Code of Conduct File Guidelines
Getting Started Module Guidelines New Game Guidelines Redirect Guidelines
References Guidelines Terminology Guidelines Theory Guidelines Translation Guidelines

Template Guidelines

Template:Categories Guidelines Template:Media Guidelines Template:Term Guidelines Template:Ref Guidelines

Universal Guidelines


Canon Order

The order that is used to sort games in listings where listed media is sorted by chronological release but separated by canon, ambiguously-canon, and/or non-canon is referred to as the "canon order". In the Other Appearances section only, media is further separated by ambiguously-canon and non-canon so they can be sorted under the Ambig and Noncanon templates. In every instance of the canon order, remakes are to be placed directly after their original counterparts regardless of date. Additionally, though they do not receive their own sections, spots in galleries, or categories, books within the Goddess Collection trilogy are deemed as intra-canon material and so any content revealed at that time is considered canon over the contents of the media before it. For more information, refer to the canon guidelines.

Canon Media
Media Release Date
The Legend of Zelda August 22, 1987
The Adventure of Link December 1, 1988
A Link to the Past April 13, 1992
Link's Awakening August, 1993
Link's Awakening DX December 15, 1998
Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch September 20, 2019
Ocarina of Time November 23, 1998
Ocarina of Time 3D June 19, 2011
Majora's Mask October 26, 2000
Majora's Mask 3D February 13, 2015
Oracle of Ages May 14, 2001
Oracle of Seasons May 14, 2001
Four Swords December 2, 2002
Four Swords Anniversary Edition September 28, 2011
The Wind Waker March 24, 2003
The Wind Waker HD September 20, 2013
Four Swords Adventures June 7, 2004
The Minish Cap January 10, 2005
Twilight Princess November 19, 2006
Twilight Princess HD March 4, 2016
Phantom Hourglass October 1, 2007
Spirit Tracks December 7, 2009
Skyward Sword November 20, 2011
A Link Between Worlds November 22, 2013
Tri Force Heroes October 23, 2015
Breath of the Wild March 3, 2017
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity November 20, 2020
Ambiguously-Canon Media
Media Release Date Status
Cadence of Hyrule June 13, 2019 Ambiguously-canon
Non-Canon Media

Release Order

Below is a list of material starring Zelda content alongside their standing within the series canon in order of release.

Media Abbreviation Release Date Status
The Legend of Zelda (Ran) TLoZ (Ran) September 1986 Non-canon
‟The Legend of Zelda„ An Original Version TLoZAOV 1987 Non-canon
The Adventure of Link TAoL (Ran) 1987 Non-canon
The Legend of Zelda TLoZ August 22, 1987 Canon
The Adventure of Link TAoL December 1, 1988 Canon
The Legend of Zelda TV series TLoZ (TV Series) September 8, 1989 Non-canon
Zelda (Game & Watch) ZG&W August 26, 1989
Captain N: The Game Master CN September 9, 1989 Non-canon
The Legend of Zelda (Mishouzaki) TLoZ (Mishouzaki) September 1989 Non-canon
The Legend of Zelda Game Watch TLoZGW October 5, 1989
Molblin's Magic Spear MMS February 1, 1990 Non-canon
The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) TLoZ (Valiant Comics) February 1990 Non-canon
The Adventure of Link (Mishouzaki) TAoL (Mishouzaki) 1991 Non-canon
A Link to the Past (Taguchi) ALttP (Taguchi) 1991 Non-canon
A Link to the Past (Barcode Battler II) ALttP (BBII) 1992 Non-canon
The Crystal Trap TCT January 1, 1992 Non-canon
A Link to the Past ALttP April 13, 1992 Canon
A Link to the Past (Ishinomori) ALttP (Ishinomori) January 1992 Non-canon
The Shadow Prince TSP February 1, 1992 Non-canon
Link's Awakening LA August, 1993 Canon (superseded by Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
The Faces of Evil TFoE October 10, 1993
The Wand of Gamelon TWoG October 10, 1993
Link's Awakening (Cagiva) LA (Cagiva) May 1994 Non-canon
A Link to the Past (Cagiva) ALttP (Cagiva) June 27, 1995 Non-canon
Oath of Riruto OoR June 1995
BS The Legend of Zelda BSTLoZ August 9, 1995
Zelda's Adventure ZA 1995 Non-canon
Ancient Stone Tablets AST March 30, 1997
Ocarina of Time comic by the German Nintendo Power OoT (Nintendo Power) 1998 Ambiguous
Ocarina of Time OoT November 23, 1998 Canon (superseded by Ocarina of Time 3D)
Link's Awakening DX LADX December 15, 1998 Canon
Super Smash Bros. SSB April 26, 1999 Non-canon
Ocarina of Time Pathways to Adventure OoTPtA November 1999 Ambiguous
Majora's Mask MM October 26, 2000 Canon (superseded by Majora's Mask 3D)
Oracle of Ages OoA May 14, 2001 Canon
Oracle of Seasons OoS May 14, 2001 Canon
Super Smash Bros. Melee SSBM December 1, 2001 Non-canon
Oracle of Seasons book by Craig Wessel OoS (Wessel) December 1, 2001
Animal Crossing Animal Crossing September 16, 2002
Four Swords FS December 2, 2002 Canon (superseded by Four Swords Anniversary Edition)
Oracle of Ages book by Craig Wessel OoA (Wessel) February 1, 2003
The Wind Waker TWW March 24, 2003 Canon (superseded by The Wind Waker HD)
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! May 26, 2003 Non-canon
Soulcalibur II Soulcalibur II August 27, 2003 Non-canon
Link's 4-Koma Nautical Logbook TWWL4KNL October 28, 2003
How to Draw The Legend of Zelda HtDTLoZ February 1, 2004 Non-canon
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! April 5, 2004 Non-canon
Four Swords Adventures FSA June 7, 2004 Canon
Daigasso! Band Brothers Daigasso! Band Brothers December 2, 2004 Non-canon
The Minish Cap TMC January 10, 2005 Canon
WarioWare: Touched! WarioWare: Touched! February 14, 2005 Non-canon
WarioWare: Twisted! WarioWare: Twisted! May 23, 2005 Non-canon
Animal Crossing: Wild World Animal Crossing: Wild World December 5, 2005
Link and the Portal of Doom LatPoD 2006 Non-canon
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland FPTRR September 2, 2006
Twilight Princess TP November 19, 2006 Canon (superseded by Twilight Princess HD)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves WarioWare: Smooth Moves January 15, 2007 Non-canon
Tingle's Balloon Fight DS TBFDS April, 2007
Phantom Hourglass PH October 1, 2007 Canon
Link's Crossbow Training LCT November 19, 2007
Super Smash Bros. Brawl SSBB March 9, 2008 Non-canon
Captain Rainbow Captain Rainbow August 28, 2008 Non-canon
Ocarina of Time (Himekawa) OoT (Himekawa) October 7, 2008 Non-canon
Animal Crossing: City Folk Animal Crossing: City Folk November 16, 2008 Non-canon
Majora's Mask (Himekawa) MM (Himekawa) February 3, 2009 Non-canon
Oracle of Seasons (Himekawa) OoS (Himekawa) April 7, 2009 Non-canon
PiCTOBiTS PiCTOBiTS May 18, 2009 Non-canon
Oracle of Ages (Himekawa) OoA (Himekawa) June 2, 2009 Non-canon
Too Much Tingle Pack TMTP June 24, 2009
Four Swords (Himekawa) FS (Himekawa) August 4, 2009
Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love RTBToL August 6, 2009
The Minish Cap (Himekawa) TMC (Himekawa) December 1, 2009
Spirit Tracks ST December 7, 2009 Canon
A Link to the Past (Himekawa) ALttP (Himekawa) February 2, 2010 Non-canon
WarioWare: D.I.Y. WarioWare: D.I.Y. March 28, 2010 Non-canon
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase March 29, 2010 Non-canon
Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) PH (Himekawa) September 7, 2010
StreetPass Mii Plaza StreetPass Mii Plaza March 27, 2011 Non-canon
Ocarina of Time 3D OoT3D June 19, 2011 Canon
Four Swords Anniversary Edition FSAE September 28, 2011 Canon
Skyward Sword (Krahulik) SS (Krahulik) November 15, 2011 Non-canon
Skyward Sword SS November 20, 2011 Canon
Dynasty Warriors VS Dynasty Warriors VS April 26, 2012 Non-canon
Scribblenauts Unlimited Scribblenauts Unlimited November 13, 2012 Non-canon
Nintendo Land NL November 18, 2012 Non-canon
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition November 18, 2012 Non-canon
Skyward Sword (Himekawa) SS (Himekawa) January 29, 2013 Non-canon
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Animal Crossing: New Leaf June 9, 2013 Non-canon
The Wind Waker HD TWWHD September 20, 2013 Canon
Sonic Lost World Sonic Lost World October 29, 2013 Non-canon
The Misadventures of Link TMoL November 1, 2013 Non-canon
A Link Between Worlds ALBW November 22, 2013 Canon
Mario Kart 8 MK8 May 30, 2014 Non-canon
Hyrule Warriors HW September 26, 2014 Non-canon (superseded by Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS SSBfN3DS October 3, 2014 Non-canon
Bayonetta Bayonetta October 24, 2014 Non-canon
Bayonetta 2 Bayonetta 2 October 24, 2014 Non-canon
One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X November 13, 2014 Non-canon
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U SSBfWU November 21, 2014 Non-canon
Majora's Mask 3D MM3D February 13, 2015 Canon
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate February 13, 2015 Non-canon
Link's Hijinks LH August 7, 2015 Non-canon
Super Mario Maker Super Mario Maker September 10, 2015 Non-canon
Tri Force Heroes TFH October 23, 2015 Canon
Twilight Princess HD TPHD March 4, 2016 Canon
Hyrule Warriors Legends HWL March 25, 2016 Non-canon (superseded by Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess MNPTP March 31, 2016 Non-canon
Monster Hunter Generations Monster Hunter Generations July 15, 2016 Non-canon
Picross 3D: Round 2 Picross 3D: Round 2 September 1, 2016 Non-canon
Swapdoodle Swapdoodle November 17, 2016 Non-canon
Breath of the Wild BotW March 3, 2017 Canon
Twilight Princess (Himekawa) TP (Himekawa) March 14, 2017 Non-canon
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe MK8D April 28, 2017 Non-canon
Monster Hunter Stories Monster Hunter Stories September 8, 2017 Non-canon
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Skyrim November 17, 2017 Non-canon
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition HWDE May 18, 2018 Non-canon
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate August 28, 2018 Non-canon
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate SSBU December 7, 2018 Non-canon
Cadence of Hyrule CoH June 13, 2019 Ambiguously-canon
Super Mario Maker 2 Super Mario Maker 2 June 28, 2019 Non-canon
Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch LANS September 20, 2019 Canon
Ring Fit Adventure Ring Fit Adventure October 1, 2019 Non-canon
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity HWAoC November 20, 2020 Non-canon
Sequel to Breath of the Wild StBotW TBD Canon