Adam-Stambaugh Zelda, up until just a few years ago, was widely considered to be the same story, or segments of the same story, just retold over and over in different ways. I personally still subscribe to this philosophy, rather than the timeline, as the timeline doesn't really make sense and was just kind of created due to a small yet vocal segment of fans.
Regardless of the above, I think the "annual release" doesn't really count as they're more of a single genre or the same game with 1 new mechanic added. i.e. Madden, Assassin's Creed (though it didn't start that way), CoD MW. idk....I could be wrong. Just my opinion I suppose.