From the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Image from Nintendo Switch version taken by C. Wassenaar and via Nintendo.
3. Referring to Heroes Past
One of the earliest memories that you can recover, chronologically speaking, is one where Zelda carries out a ceremony that effectively dubs Link the newest incarnation of the hero. As you can see in the above, she says “Whether skyward bound, adrift in time, or steeped in the glowing embers of twilight,” the Master Sword and the hero go together.
By this point, you’ll pick up on the references to Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, and Twilight Princess, because this game packs in nods to those three games in particular. The fact that Zelda clearly knows the stories of these three heroes may not help all that much with the Zelda timeline and where Breath of the Wild fits, but it’s something, right?
In fact, should you use amiibo, you can even obtain pieces of clothing that will allow you to dress like previous versions of Link, including the Hero of Time as well as the Hero of Twilight. If you have The Wind Waker’s Toon Link, you can even get a more grown-up version of his clothes. But really, who doesn’t want to let the Hero of Time ride again as often as possible?
(Well, okay, upgrading these pieces of armor takes a lot of material, and armor actually matters in this game.)
Additionally, having the Wolf Link amiibo lets you summon the Hero of Twilight himself to fight alongside you. Pretty cool, right?