The game, A Link Between Worlds, is said to take place 6 generations after A Link to the Past so obviously its not the same link from the SNES especially since after Link’s Awakening no one knows what happens to him, this also means it falls in The Fallen Hero timeline, so it’s either before The Era of Decline (The Legend of Zelda and Link’s Adventure) or after. I think it falls before The Era of Decline since 1. Hyrule looks very alive in the 3DS game but mostly caves in the NES games and 2. There is no Kakariko Village in either NES games that’s my theory. If anyone would like to poke holes through my theory, be my guest.
I'm having trouble reblogging your response, but that is true but that depends on which game you're talking about. In the Defeated Timeline he has a normal lifespan. In the Adult Timeline he's practically immortal like Ganon is and it's likely he desperately entered the Sacred Realm to banish Ganon, Hyrule, and his monsterous demons under water (he was quick to do at the end of Wind Waker so it's not to crazy to assume he's the one who flooded it in the first place considering).
Well then you´re talking about Daphnes then? Because the kings of Hyule are all very different people. And Oot!King and ALttP!King were both kinda fooled by the villain and the latter was most definitely killed, so I wouldnt call that better foresight. And the Prince from the backstory of AoL eventually became king too, so it can be kinda confusing if you just say “the king of Hyrule” because there´s soo many people with that title.
And Daphnes was already dead,no? In a sense, I mean, he was a ghost, or something. And it was the gods who deiced to flood Hyrule, no? Hang on let me double check Hyrule Historia…
"Out of hope and out of time, King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule made his decision: He would entrust the fate of his kingdom to the gods.”
so he told the gods to do something
"The gods chose which of the kingdom’s subjects would ascend to the new land, telling them to escape to the tallest mountains. They then flooded the world, sinking Ganondorf and Hyrule to the bottom of the ocean and sealing them away.”
and then the gods thought flooding is a good way to seal the deal
"Though the king was sealed along with his kingdom, the princess took a piece of the Triforce that had been broken in two by the king and managed to escape to the ocean’s surface with several of her retainers.”
okay so he was sealed along with the kingdom…
"King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, ordered by the gods to put an end to Ganondorf’s ambitions, awoke from his slumber. His spirit took up residence in a small red boat known as the King of Red Lions, and he began searching for the new Hero and the descendent of the royal family.”
when Ganon came back in WW the gods told him to stop Gnaon and thus he became a boat.
Headcanon: the King of Hyrule is the true wielder of the Triforce of Wisdom because of his immortality, demonstrated greater foresight than Zelda, and Zelda being the Goddess Hylia means she's above being a mere spiritual entity.
The reason why it keeps going to Zelda is because Ganon mercs the king on day one and she’s the only other person that can wield it (since she’s Her Grace herself), or some other shit causes it to fly to her like Link being shifting out of the timeline. If I would go even further with this theory, Ganon always goes after the King first because he wields the Triforce of Wisdom, but can’t have it because he’s “unbalanced”. Because Zelda is in human form she is “unbalanced” too, and can’t wield the Triforce of Courage or Power, which is why the Triforce of Courage broke in the Wind Waker. If Ganon loses the Triforce of Power he will always get it back, divine or not, but he and Zelda cannot attain other pieces. Zelda and Ganon can’t wield the Triforce because they’re unbalanced, but because they’re gods incarnated into human form. Link and the King are the only ones in the group who have true balance because they were chosen by Her Grace and are (relatively) normal humans.