Not necessarily. He may just be acting all boastful. How likely is it for an egotistical villain to say something like "That sword ruined my shit, so you really have a chance"?
Ganon doesn't recognize the Master Sword. I'd say it would be a bit of a stretch to say that he wouldn't remember the sword that killed him.Still, not many people knew. Plus, there really wouldn't be a reason for the flood to come up specifically in TP if the legend is common knowledge. A story known by everyone is basically a universal "that one time."
The pirates know about it, and Ganon was mentioned in the ancient legends in the prologue. And then we're still left with the OoT problem.No, you're not. TWW doesn't specify how much time passes before Ganon rolls up. It could easily, easily be that he just comes back after Link dies of age. Link, being dead and all, wouldn't be able to return in that case. To the people, it would look like he "disappeared" because he presumably didn't do anything of note after returning from Termina.
You're still left with the problems of the TWW prologue. Link defeats Ganon and travels back in time, disappearing and not returning when Ganon breaks out of the Sacred Realm. We're also left with the ridiculous "The world de-flooded" argument that really has no basis given the finality of TWW's ending.
No basis? Deku Tree? The fact that Ganondorf mentions "people that would one day awaken Hyrule"?Eh, yeah. Still, this isn't hard proof for anything. Could be that the King placed it in the castle as part of his master plan, then it was put back in its "rightful place" after the world revived. Plus, if you're driving at those ultimately being the same place, you'd run into the problem of the place itself shifting around.
About the Master Sword, TP specifically seems to indicate that its placement isn't supposed to just shift around.
OoT-In the ToT
TP-In the ruined ToT, which have become overgrown. The ending even gives an exact parallel to the official art from ALttP depicting the MS in the Lost Woods.
ALttP-In the Lost Woods.I'm assuming a single timeline, and, like I said, this doesn't really prove anything.
The only time it shifts placement is in the adult timeline, when its in the castle. This is ultimately inconsequential as it's stuck underwater and forever at the ending.
TWW mentions that Link went back in time, are you assuming that this happens on the same timeline as MM? And there is no problem with a place shifting around as Hyrule has never had a consistent geography. Ganondorf does mention that he wants the people to awaken Hyrule, but this is Ganondorf we're talking about, the bad guy. It doesn't happen because the King gets his wish. He tells Link and Tetra to go find a new land, but specifically says that their new land would not be Hyrule. Since TP is in Hyrule, and quite obviously the same Hyrule as OoT, it can't come after OoT.
Now I know you said not to pull Occam's razor on you, but I'm going to have to now. Most of your refutations have been fanficcy at best, and don't fit very well with the evidence. The simplest explanation is usually the best one, and as of TP it's the split timeline.