You first, Mr. "You're speculating about this/That's your interpretation, therefore you're wrong, even though I speculate and reinterpret to no end about much greater things that the games don't imply". Please.
I am being fair.
I operate off a different set of assumptions and care about looking at different things. You apparently see that as absolutely invalid and make sure to berate me every chance you get. I don't agree, but see your opinion as perfectly valid if you operate under a different paradigm, which you of course do.
You said that TP Link was the Hero of Time. That was a fact present at the time of TP's release? What about the fact that Ganondorf was sealed in the Sacred Realm between OoT and the flood? What about the fact that the Hero of Time isn't mentioned at all? What about the fact that Ganondorf was NOT sealed in the Sacred Realm, but instead captured and brought to justice?
1) Link could pull the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time. That makes him the Hero of Time, does it not? Isn't he the only one able to pull the sword?
2) It says that Ganondorf was captured in TP; since he had the Triforce of Power, I presumed this referred to the sages' seal.
3) The Hero of Time is mentioned, just not by that title. He's not mentioned by that title except by a select few in TWW, either, none of whom appear in TP (aside from Ganondorf).
4) Ganondorf was captured in OoT, he just wasn't executed. Since the execution would obviously take place after OoT, I see no reason why it could not have happened in that scenario.
None of that fits with TP more than OoT, or at all. TWW only talks about the Hero of Time and the events of OoT, and TP didn't even exist at the time. Also, Ganondorf was killed in TP, meaning the Triforce of Power wasn't with him anymore. And more importantly, Link couldn't have had the Triforce of Courage in TP. It was impossible.
1) Ganondorf turned Hyrule into a world of shadows AFTER he escaped.
2) TWW only talks about the legends of Ganondorf taking the Triforce. It skims over what happened between OoT and TWW, although we know that a lot must have happened.
3) "Ganondorf was killed in TP, meaning the Triforce of Power wasn't with him anymore." That's entirely debatable. He wasn't destroyed by the Silver Arrows, which was the scenario in LoZ and ALttP, the only scenarios in which Ganondorf has lost the Triforce.
4) Only if you assume that Ganondorf never got into the Sacred Realm. Which I don't.
Also, I find the idea of you taking a pre-release (by a year and a half, making it about as accurate as Miyamoto saying TWW was first) interview as fact funny when you even ignore a post-release interview about FS and FSA.
By someone who flat-out states at least four times in that interview alone that he didn't work on the game or its story, mind you.
You were wrong in 2002, when Aonuma talked about the split timeline.
Except it wasn't clear enough then. I had always read it as distinguishing "after OoT" from "after Link returns to the past." MM was "after OoT," but not "after Adult Link defeated Ganon." Even before I knew about the split timeline. I didn't even know such a thing could exist; how could I know that's what he was referring to?
You were wrong because of the basic understanding in time travel-related fiction that when the future is completely changed by someone's actions, the original future either disappears (it didn't because of TWW), or occurs in a separate reality.
It most certainly needed to exist, because MM could NOT happen otherwise, as that was following an ending where the Master Sword was not drawn, and hence the rest of OoT never happened.
Who said the Master Sword was not drawn? It was not used
, but that's another matter entirely.