To be sure, the geography is similar in some ways. Rotate the map of aLttP clockwise 45 degrees, or the map of OoT counterclockwise, and the relative positions of Lake Hylia, the Desert, and Death Mountain are identical. Zora's River, the graveyard, and even the resting place of the Master Sword fit nicely into that picture too.
However, despite these similarities, the following changes must have been made to OoT's geography for it to be the same as aLttP's geography.
- Hyrule Castle must have been torn down, and a forest that would eventually be known as the Lost Woods must have been grown in its place.
- Lon Lon Ranch must have become the site of the new Hyrule Castle.
- The Lost Woods must have been deforested, and it is possible that the Forest Temple could have become the Eastern Palace.
- Kakariko Village must have been torn down. I can't think what was in the equivalent location in aLttP other than the Sanctuary, but there was no Sanctuary in Kakariko in OoT. So I guess it must have been built after OoT.
- Possibly the Castle Town could have become the new Kakariko Village, or possibly the new Kakariko was built farther south. (Actually, both could have happened; the new Kakariko extends from the forest almost as far as the desert.)
- A swamp must have formed between Lake Hylia and the Desert.
- Death Mountain must have become extinct, and the Tower of Hera must have been built near the crater.
That's all I can think of. To the best of my knowledge, these are the fewest possible assumptions that go with the argument that the geography is the same in OoT and aLttP. Granted, most of the assumptions are quite plausible given a few centuries between the games (and given that a lake can be drained and a waterfall frozen over in seven years), but that's still a lot to assume...
Edited by Paviel, 22 October 2006 - 12:08 AM.