Zelda Wiki:Canon Policy

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On Zelda Wiki, there are specific expectations of what is and isn't considered canon. Canon refers to a body of materials considered to be an official or genuine part of a fictional universe. It is what can be specifically referenced as factual information within the given universe, and so therefore, canon is often seen as the official series as released by the original creators.

What exactly constitutes and makes up the canon materials of the Zelda series has often been a matter of personal interpretation from fans. Zelda Wiki's canon policy is based largely on timeline placement, as well as official word from Nintendo.

Material and Their Levels of Canon

The following terms indicate the three levels of canon as used throughout Zelda Wiki:

  • Canon — This material makes up the fictional universe and should be added to any relevant articles or sections.
  • Ambiguously Canon — This material cannot be definitively considered canon, but as it does not necessarily contradict canon sources, is considered canon by many people. It can be added in articles or sections marked with the {{ambig}} template.
  • Non-canon — This material is not part of the fictional universe. It can be added in articles or sections marked with the {{noncanon}} template.

Ambiguously canon and non-canon material can be added to any article as long as it remains separate from canonical information, and is marked with the appropriate template as mentioned above.

Below is a list of materials about the Zelda universe, and their level of canon at Zelda Wiki:

Material Status
The Legend of Zelda Canon
The Adventure of Link Canon
A Link to the Past Canon
Link's Awakening Canon
Ocarina of Time Canon
Majora's Mask Canon
Oracle of Ages Canon
Oracle of Seasons Canon
Four Swords Canon
The Wind Waker Canon
Four Swords Adventures Canon
The Minish Cap Canon
Twilight Princess Canon
Phantom Hourglass Canon
Spirit Tracks Canon
Skyward Sword Canon
A Link Between Worlds Canon
Tri Force Heroes Canon
Instruction Manuals Canon
Nintendo Player's Guides Canon
Hyrule Historia Canon
Prima Game Guides Ambiguously Canon
Tingle series Ambiguously Canon
Link's Crossbow Training Ambiguously Canon
BS The Legend of Zelda Ambiguously Canon
Ancient Stone Tablets Ambiguously Canon
Game & Watch Zelda Ambiguously Canon
Ocarina of Time comic Ambiguously Canon
Skyward Sword manga Ambiguously Canon
Other manga Non-canon
The Legend of Zelda comic Non-canon
A Link to the Past comic Non-canon
The Legend of Zelda (TV series) Non-canon
Captain N: The Game Master Non-canon
The Legend of Zelda Game Watch Non-canon
Philips CD-i Games Non-canon
Captain Rainbow Non-canon
Nintendo Land Non-canon
Scribblenauts Unlimited Non-canon
Super Smash Bros. Non-canon
Super Smash Bros. Melee Non-canon
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Non-canon
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U Non-canon
Soulcalibur II Non-canon
Hyrule Warriors Non-canon
Hyrule Warriors Legends Non-canon
Mario Kart 8 Non-canon
Zelda Barcode Battler Non-canon

Canon Issues With Languages

The Japanese versions of the Zelda games are a higher form of canon than the English localizations, as they are the originals. However, since Zelda Wiki is an English wiki based in the United States, we will use the commonly placed agreement that the English titles take precedence. This means:

  • Articles are to be named and written, and games quoted, using Nintendo of America’s translations.
  • The Japanese names of characters and places can be included in the article using the same format that is seen in the Link article.
  • Although the original Japanese can greatly differ from the English translations, these differences are not to be mentioned or noted in the main body of the article, however, significant differences can be mentioned in the trivia section of the article.