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Zelda.com is the official Zelda site, owned by Nintendo and designed/run by POP. The site is easily navigable and incorporates many Flash elements into its organization and presentation. Zelda.com operates as a hub for all official Zelda information, evidenced by the extensive encyclopedia, image gallery, and other features showcased on the site's main page. In recent years, the encyclopedia glossary in particular has received negative criticism from fans pertaining to fabricated statements and/or unsound definitions that contradict in-game evidence and official releases, such as artwork or game manuals.
Bad reputation amongst fans
Although it contained useful walkthroughs for some Zelda games, Zelda.com was also more widely known to be a poor resource of Zelda information, often mixing canon with fanfiction and providing statements that contradict the games. According to Zelda.com:
- Agahnim's magic broke the Seal on the Sacred Realm when it was in fact his imprisonment of the maidens that did so.
- The power of the seven crystals in A Link to the Past were needed to break the barrier around Ganon's tower. The crystals held no such power, and were simply used as holding cells for the imprisoned maidens.
- The Bombers have nothing better to do than cause trouble and goof around. In-game evidence shows that while the Bombers did lounge around, they did spend a good portion of their time helping people.
- The Carnival of Time is celebrated to pay tribute to the importance of life. Majora's Mask only states that the celebration is in honor of the alignment of the sun and the moon.
- Ganon escapes the Sacred Realm on multiple occasions, and each time is re-sealed by Link and the Seven Sages. Evidential statements and in-game proof show that Ganon was only sealed by Seven Sages on one occasion.
- Ganondorf was the only male ever "allowed in" to Gerudo clan, as opposed to one male being born every 100 years from within the society.
- Gleeok is a two-headed dragon, though while this is true in some iterations, in several cases, it has three or more.
- Gohdan is described by the Encyclopedia as "a mysterious creature", when Gohdan is actually a robot, and is described in The Wind Waker as a machine.
- The Golden Land was forever changed into the Dark World because of Ganon. It was not forever changed, because Link turned it “Golden” again in A Link to the Past.
- The The Wind Waker Link's grandma gave him his tunic to help him on his journey. It was actually given to him in tradition, and unrelated to his journey. The reasoning concerned Link’s coming of age.
- Link is called the Hero of Time in: The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords, and The Minish Cap. Only Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask give him this title.
- Koholint Island is off the coast of Eastern Hyrule in the Great Sea. Japanese text refers to Koholint as a "southern" island, and there is never any canonical mention of any such connection to The Wind Waker’s Great Sea, if any.
- Koholint Island is a real location, whereas Link's Awakening revealed it to be a dream world in the ending.
- The "magic shield" and "magic sword" from The Adventure of Link is the Mirror Shield and Master Sword. However there is no proof in the games of this claim.
- Medli was a Rito Princess. In reality, she was just an apprentice to Valoo. Komali is the Prince of the Rito, and the only such Rito royalty designated in The Wind Waker.
- "Megaton" is a brand name of hammers in Hyrule. However it is the name of a legendary hammer used by a Goron hero, with no in-game evidence that the Megaton name is that of a company.
- ‘’Majora's Mask’’ is sequentially connected to ‘’A Link to the Past’’. 
- The creation of Termina, which is a topic never explored in ‘’Majora’s Mask’’, is easily explained as an oversight of the Goddesses. 
- The enemy-type Zora is the same as the "Zola", and are violent female Zora. Oracle of Ages says they are not related.
- The Goddesses’ blessing Zora's Domain was enough to bring about the Zora race. There is no evidence to support this, series-wide.
- Link is a singular entity. Zelda.com attributes the deeds of both the Link of Majora's Mask and Link's Awakening to the same character. In reality, the games confirm that multiple Links exist, and that the Links of Majora's Mask and Link's Awakening are almost certainly separate characters.
- The Hyrule Encyclopedia states that the Hero's Clothes are "the traditional garb of boys 12 and older on Outset Island." However, Link in The Wind Waker was 9, not 12, as evidenced by new official information, and because of in-game information.
Lack of Updating
- Beginning on September 14th, 2007, links supposedly pointing to Twilight Princess sections of the site instead directed users to The Minish Cap section of the website.
- Even into August of 2009, the Zelda.com website still featured a Phantom Hourglass Countdown Widget, which was first put online on September 14th, 2007 to lead up to the release of Phantom Hourglass, which was released October 1st, 2007, two years prior. While the site was updated to include information on Spirit Tracks in November 2009, the encyclopedia section remains out-of-date, ignoring information from newer games such as Twilight Princess or Phantom Hourglass while retaining the many inconsistencies enumerated above.
- No information pertaining to Skyward Sword has been posted on the Great Hyrule Encyclopedia.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "After imprisoning the Seven Sages and Princess Zelda, Agahnim used his magic to break the seal which imprisoned Ganon in the Dark World." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "During Ganon's second rise to power in Hyrule, he sealed his Tower with a magical seal so powerful that it could only be unlocked by the power of seven magical Crystals." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "The Bombers Gang has existed in Clock Town for many years. The gang consists of young boys with little else to do than cause trouble and goof around. Whenever a member of the Bombers Gang decides to quit the group and make something of himself, a new recruit is added. Generally, the Bombers Gang has always consisted of five members." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Terminans take part in the Carnival of Time to honor time, and to remind themselves that every second should be savored." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Darias are disgusting hybrids of Hylians and alligators. They are expert axe-throwers, and their axes are so sharp that they are able to slice through most Hyrulean Shields." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Deep within Death Mountain boils a lava-filled crater where the volcanic core generates intense heat. Only the thick-skinned Gorons can survive within the crater without the use of protective clothing. [Go to] The Legend of Zelda." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Ganon was able to break free on numerous occasions. Luckily, Link and the Seven Sages were able to repel his advances each time." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "The only man ever allowed into their ranks was Ganondorf, who permanently soured the Gerudo's opinion of men." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Gleeok was a powerful two-headed dragon defeated by Link during his quest to recover the shattered pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom." — Zelda.com
- ↑ The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia; retrieved Jan 09 2012, Zelda.com
- ↑ "The Golden Land was forever ruined, and became known as the Dark World." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Gomess was a once a powerful vampire who spent his days in the dark halls of the Stone Tower Temple." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "She was sad to see Link leave on such a dangerous journey, but she gave him a green tunic and a shield to speed him on his way." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "A popular name Hylians use when referring to Link. [Go to] The Legend of Zelda , The Adventure of Link , A Link to the Past , Link's Awakening , Ocarina of Time , Majora's Mask , Oracle of Ages , Oracle of Seasons , A Link to the Past / Four Swords , The Minish Cap." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Believed to lie far off the coast of Eastern Hyrule in the Great Sea, Koholint Island was the stage for one of Link's most challenging quests." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "There is great debate about the existence of this small but diverse island, since Link was never able to determine whether the island truly existed or if it was just the product of an elaborate dream. For scientific purposes, it is treated as a real location in this encyclopedia." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Its origin is uncertain, but whoever created the Link Doll was definitely a friend of the Hero of Time." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "”Magic Sword”, see Master Sword. “Magic Shield”, see Mirror Shield." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Young Medli was a princess of the Rito tribe on Dragon Roost Island in the Great Sea." — Zelda.com
- ↑ ""Megaton" is the brand name of a weighty hammer used in Hyrule for a variety of purposes." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Pendants of Virtue:The Pendant of Courage, the Pendant of Power and the Pendant of Wisdom are collectively known as the Pendants of Virtue. When Link returned from his adventure in Termina, hundreds of years had passed in Hyrule and the Master Sword was hidden within the Lost Woods. To re-prove himself and demonstrate that he was worthy of the Master Sword, Link had to collect all three Pendants of Virtue." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "She was an elfin child of the Kokiri Forest, and unlike the other children, she refused to make fun of Link for being an outsider and not having a guardian fairy." — Zelda.com
- ↑ ""When Hyrule was created by the three goddesses at the beginning of time, there were certain side effects of its creation which Din, Nayru and Farore did not anticipate. As the three holy women breathed life into the world and chased away Emptiness, their potent breath slipped through tiny cracks in the folds of space and created millions of alternate worlds in the process. One of these worlds became the land known as Termina."" — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Tingle built his tower in an effort to provide humorous diversions for weary travelers." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Zola is the name given to any female Zora who turns against Hylians and chooses to live a life of violence." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "When the Goddesses created Hyrule, they blessed Zora’s Fountain and eventually the fish which swam in its water evolved into the Zoras we know today." — Zelda.com
- ↑ "Some of Link's most famous accomplishments include rescuing Princess Zelda on multiple occasions, saving the citizens of Termina from certain demise, as well as freeing the island of Koholint from savage monster attacks." — Zelda.com
- ↑ The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia; retrieved Jan 4 2012, Zelda Universe
- ↑ Iwata Asks; retrieved Dec 14 2011, Nintendo
- ↑ "Time certainly flies... I can't believe you're already old enough to wear these clothes. Don't look so disappointed, dear one! Just try them on. Today is a day to celebrate! It is the day that you become the same age as the young hero spoken of in all the legends. You only have to wear them for one day, so don't look so down. Be proud, child!" — Grandma (The Wind Waker)