One of the most hilariously controversial debates surround The Legend of Zelda is the question of whether or not there's an official timeline. More fuel's been thrown on the fire with Nintendo's Dan Owsen revealing that Nintnedo has a timeline, hidden away under lock and key.
"You know, at one point we had drafted a timeline and wanted to make it available online," he said. "We showed it to the guys in Japan and they basically told us that it would be best if we didn’t post it. They do have a timeline that has continuity between the games but they wanted to keep it open for how each player views the chronology of the series. There are a lot of connections between the games, but they do have a timeline that has continuity. It’s up to the player to place all the pieces together.
"... The developers feel that posting a full narrative would take away from the players’ imagination. Part of what makes the series so special is the legend that spans across the series and they wanted to preserve that in the players’ vision. It’s also why they have never given Link a voice. The story is told as if the player is Link. Giving him a voice would eliminate that attachment."
So there you go. Timeline exists. Confirmed for the billionth time. Not that it'll stop the debates, as certain sectors of the Zelda fanbase continue to question its existence with as much enthusiasm as Koichi Sugiyama denying the Nanking Massacre.
Dan Owsen Talks Zelda Timeline [Zelda Dungeon]