A Link to the Past clearly states Hyrule has had peace since Ganondorf was imprisoned.
Actually, it says that Hyrule is currently
at peace, several centuries since the Seal War.
Plus, in the several centuries between the IW and ALttP (or three to four generations, according to in game text) there's not enough time for a flood, advances in civilisation, unflood and return to former civilisation.
"Three to four generations" is a NoA boo-boo and doesn't appear in the GBA version.
It's also clear that Ganondorf never leaves the SR between the IW and ALttP. "The person who rediscovered the Golden Land was Ganondorf the evil thief. Luckily, he couldn't figure out how to return to the Light World..."
Only if you think this quote applies to the IW. I would say TWW makes ALttP Ganon being the IW Ganon impossible. Others would say TWW makes OoT Ganon being the IW Ganon impossible. Either way someone contradicts the original intent.
I don't see how FSA helps this at all. FSA Ganon is clearly a different one to OoT Ganon and IW Ganon, with his own backstory, and ultimately he's never even sealed in the SR.
He's sealed in the Four Sword, which the maidens in turn seal away (with a seal that is identical in terms of depiction to the one from ALttP originally and from the one on the stained glass in TWW), and which is broken in the Dark World in ALttP.
At the end of TWW Ganondorf is petrified (and probably dead), and the triforce's whereabouts are unknown, but presumable not in the SR (unless it magically returns there for no reason). That doesn't lead into ALttP well at all, unless another Ganon comes along and gets sealed in the SR with the triforce - in which case, you have a new IW, and OoT is again nothing to do with it!
1) It leads fine into LoZ, no?
2) We don't need a new Sages' seal on the Sacred Realm, though. We only need a new condition for Ganon to be sealed in the SR, yes?
But there's absolutely no reason why the Mirror of Twilight must be the Dark Mirror.
Of course not, but it does seem a very likely possibility.
By the same token, there's absolutely no reason why ALttP Ganon must
be the IW Ganon. If FSA/ALttP is after TWW, the two Ganons are completely different. No problem, no contradictions - in fact, fewer contradictions than in calling them the same Ganon.
If FSA is after TP, the two mirrors are completely different. No problem, no contradictions - in fact, fewer contradictions than in calling them the same.
No problem, to be sure, but instead two mirrors with identical histories and two Imprisoning Wars, forcing you to consider a slew of references, including all of OoT's references to the IW which have been confirmed by the developers, to be arbitrary Easter Eggs. This, to me, is a greater violation of developer intent than saying the Imprisoning War has been worked into the timeline differently, which, considering the developers said OoT is the IW, happens anyway (and, considering you say the developers changed their minds, happens twice by your reckoning).
Frankly, Impossible, I take none of your points into account because I value developer statements higher than yours.
TWW before other games
Nothing has contradicted either of these statements since they were released. The only developer statement I ignore is the "FS is first" quote by Aonuma, which echoes a statement by Miyamoto about the "latest Zelda game" (which at the time was FS).
Edited by Lexxi Aileron, 05 September 2008 - 02:10 PM.