There are many things in the games themselves(TP included) that do rely on prior knowledge for people to fully understand.
Sure, but none of those things need to be fully understood in order to be accessible to new players. For example, playing OoT is required in order for new players to understand how the Triforce-splitting and the role of the Seven Sages impact upon the events in TWW, but the absence of those facts doesn't prevent new players from understanding TWW's story. All the new player needs to understand is who have the Triforce pieces and the fact that Ganon was once sealed away.
My argument is that by making things ambiguous and open to interpretation, Nintendo avoids creating holes in the story that require playing previous games to fill in. For example, if Nintendo did specifically reference the Triforce-splitting in TWW, they'd have to explain that Ganondorf touched the Triforce and the legend that caused the pieces to find their bearers. But if Nintendo can just say "Ganondorf took the power of the gods
", then new players can just relate that to the fact that Ganondorf has the Triforce of Power.
In this way, new players are satisfied because they can relate the main story to the back story in a clear and unconfusing manner, whereas the veteran players are satisfied because they can relate the back story to a previous game that they enjoyed before. Thus, TWW doesn't rely on OoT because new players don't need to play OoT in order to make sense of TWW's story. It is this philosophy that I believe Nintendo applies to all their games.
Now, this debate about TP depends upon whether you believe (that Nintendo believe) that Ganondorf acquiring the Triforce of Power is something new players need to understand in order to relate TP's main story to its back story. If your theory is correct, then unlike the TWW examples I provided above, new players wouldn't just have a vague understanding of how Ganondorf acquired the Triforce of Power, they'd have a compeletely different
understanding from the veteran players of what took place. TP simply said that Ganondorf invaded Hyrule to establish dominion over it (making no distinction between Hyrule and the Sacred Realm in the Japanese script). The Triforce and its wish-granting mechanics had no mention, and Ganondorf himself said nothing about wanting to obtain the complete Triforce, despite the opportunity presenting itself. All that was openly said was that the main characters were chosen to receive their powers by the gods.
It is impossible for new players to establish on even the vaguest terms that Ganondorf took the Triforce of Power with his own hands and that he wanted to possess the complete Triforce throughout the game. If we take the view that this area of the story should matter to new players, then your theory contradicts the accessibility policy.
Edited by Raian, 12 October 2008 - 08:07 AM.