1. Most people argued for some ridiculous baseless bullshit like the Deku Tree creating Hyrule, or the old Hyrule being restored - which is necessary for a lot of games to take place. It was generally accepted that Link and Tetra finding a new Hyrule wouldn't explain that much, and people who argued the other theories were, of course, wrong. Link and Tetra finding a new land was always possible - and always what I said was the most likely and the only plausible outcome - because unlike the other crap, it was mentioned in the story. It seems like people are already completely disregarding the numerous continuity issues and things that require all the previous Hyrule games to be set in the same Hyrule (as intended), and just acting like the whole fanfic abyss between TWW and ALttP is magically gone.
2. This is nothing like the split timeline confirmation. Nobody was "right all along" except the people who said that the idea of restoring the old Hyrule was bullshit. There WAS no Hyrule after TWW until ST, and it was fanfiction to say otherwise. For that matter, nobody here has so far been wrong about anything except that Link and Tetra shouldn't call the new land Hyrule - and arguably, that's Nintendo's mistake, and I still disagree with it. However, the claim has always been that it was fanfiction to claim that games were set in Hyrule after TWW, without any games indicating the possibility. That hasn't been disproved, and in no way has anything argued by people here been wrong - as nobody ever denied the possibility that Nintendo would, in the FUTURE, make games after TWW/PH. We can't predict the future, and we didn't try to, so where's this crap about anyone's theories being vindicated or disproved?
3. On top of that, regarding distinctions as far "official confirmation" (a la the split confirmation) goes, the only game after PH right now is ST. This has no real bearing on other games yet, and it's just idiotic jumping to conclusions to say otherwise - the same thing people did when they made huge assumptions before TP came out, and ended up being wrong. What the hell is with the 5 pages of people declaring themselves to be right and stating connections to TMC or FSA or ALttP as though they're facts? None of this has been confirmed, and there are already contradictions (like the Triforce-less crest). And at Erimgard's suggestion: If this sets up the IW, then OoT is not the IW. If that's the case, what the fuck is the point in putting ALttP on the Adult Timeline? It's clearly still more consistent and less contradictory for it to be on the Child Timeline, especially given hints in TP, and the fact that all previous games were made to be set in a single Hyrule, with not a single mention of a new one. What I always said was that if they were going to make a new Hyrule, they would have fucking hinted at this having occurred in TMC or FSA, and they did no such thing - it's now ST that is doing it, and this doesn't magically move all the other games.
I do kind of think Nintendo are idiots and ignoring the intent behind TWW by calling the new land Hyrule, though. I'm doubtful that was decided by the same person who wrote TWW's ending. It's a minor thing, though.
Oh, but as far as predictions do go... I know I was actually completely right about ST. This is exactly what I thought already regarding its timeline placement and its setting in a new land (not a revived or reconnected old Hyrule). It seems like I was right about the reasons for it, too... Stupid PH sequel. Thinking that Nintendo would be stupid to make a game after TWW/PH isn't the same as thinking they wouldn't, though - Nintendo have been incredibly dumb regarding the timeline many times, and I think this is another issue born out of the fact that different people work on each game and have different ideas about the story. And actually, with Nintendo's stupidity, I wouldn't put it past them for games to be retconned and moved around between timelines AGAIN by this. Unlike with the split, though, there would be no evidence as to what the timeline was prior to ST changing things. While the split was a consequence of OoT, indicated by MM, and was stated by Aonuma as of TWW.
Edited by Impossible, 07 November 2009 - 02:47 AM.