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Discover Hyrule Like Never Before!

Created in partnership with Nintendo this book offers unparalleled access to the Legend of Zelda! Grab your copy to become the ultimate Hyrule Historian!

Features rare and never before seen material including:

Never Before Seen Concept Art!

Official Game Timeline!

Full History of Hyrule!

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The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — Creating a Champion
Become the ultimate Hyrule Historian and collect the series! Contains an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! As a bonus it also includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga — Akira Himekawa! Over four hundred pages of fully realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and a great deal more! This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD. A comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and tons of extras including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! Honoring the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The book comes with a black Nintendo sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and an instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it! Relive Nintendo’s Game of the Year! This oversized hardcover is the ultimate art & lore companion to the award-winning video game and includes material from both of its DLC packs! This book features sketches and official illustrations from Takumi Wada. Design artwork and commentary about the making of the game from the creators. Historical section that divulges the history of Hyrule as it is known in-game, and interviews with key members of the development team. Witness the making of a champion!

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Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link''s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga - Akira Himekawa!

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Eiji Aonuma is a Nintendo game designer, director, and producer. He is the series producer and manager of The Legend of Zelda and won the Golden Joystick Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Akira Himekawa is the pseudonym of two female comic book and manga artists who have collaborated together since 1991. Their illustrating credits include  The Legend of Zelda series,  Astro Boy, and  The Dragon Dreams of Twilight.

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Zero Ehxe
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Attempts to make sense of the timeline of these games, but focuses on Skyward Sword too much.
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
I purchased this The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule History because Zelda is one of my favorite game series of all time and I wanted to complete the trilogy of this collection (the other two books being Art & Artifacts which is okay and the Encyclopedia which is fantastic). I... See more
I purchased this The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule History because Zelda is one of my favorite game series of all time and I wanted to complete the trilogy of this collection (the other two books being Art & Artifacts which is okay and the Encyclopedia which is fantastic). I mainly wanted this book because I have never understood how the games fit together and are related, and this book goes into the timeline with diagrams and explanations, which you can see in one of my pictures. That part is great, and I won''t spoil the fun by going into any more detail other than to say the author isn''t making any official declarations and supposes different split timelines, as in different outcomes to battles and evil-sealings which splinters the realities into different paths so that two games can coexist together when they suppose completely opposite things happened in their beginnings.

The other picture is a view of the pages from the side. The dark spot in the left to middle is the actual History, the timeline and explanation part. The part to the left of that is the details of Skyward Sword for Wii. Everything to the right of the dark pages is art and concept stuff. That is to say, there''s a TON of filler in this book. If you''re looking for hundreds of pages of history, you''re not going to get it. I played Skyward Sword, and it was my least favorite Zelda game just because of the motion controls, so I wasn''t into that part of the book, and it''s a major part.

This book does have some good information. One section offers the suggestion that the Ocarina from Ocarina of Time may be made from the same blue stone material as the time stones in Skyward Sword. (In that game you push a mine cart with special stone in it, and everything around the stone is transported back in time, so the desert around you turns to lush green grasslands. It was my favorite part of the game.) I would have never put the two items together. I want more of stuff like that, and that''s my biggest complaint with the book: the stuff I really enjoyed about the book was also the smallest portion of it.

I still highly recommend this book to collectors of Zelda stuff. It''s a big book with shiny gold letters and looks good on my gaming shelf with the rest of the collection. 4/5 stars
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Wade Manns
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DUN DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN!
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2018
WHAT A BOOK! Contains all the history of the Legend of Zelda up to A Link Between Worlds, with lots of amazing and beautiful art to match. Though supplemented (and in some instances supplanted) by its sequel books The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts and... See more
WHAT A BOOK! Contains all the history of the Legend of Zelda up to A Link Between Worlds, with lots of amazing and beautiful art to match. Though supplemented (and in some instances supplanted) by its sequel books The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts and The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia , all three of these together contain the most complete history of a video game franchise in a physical book format that I''ve seen. (I don''t have the last of these YET, but I will soon!)
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The Perfect History and Art Book for the Universe of the Legend of Zelda
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2015
As a Zelda fan, I have long wanted to know the official timeline for the Zelda Universe, and this book definitely provides that and so much more. Before I bought this book, I had been uncertain if it would live up to my expectations, but I finally decided to buy it in late... See more
As a Zelda fan, I have long wanted to know the official timeline for the Zelda Universe, and this book definitely provides that and so much more. Before I bought this book, I had been uncertain if it would live up to my expectations, but I finally decided to buy it in late 2013; I''ve now had it for more than two years, and I am still looking at this book all of the time -- needless to say it was far better than anything I had hoped for. I realize that the review I am about to give may be quite long, but it is also extremely detailed and covers a lot more of the book''s content than most reviews tend to discuss. I hope you will take the time to read it so that you know exactly what to expect when you purchase this product. Here is a list of the main sections in the book, where I will explain what may be expected in each and review it:

The Legend Begins: The World of Skyward Sword
This is the first major section in the book, where you will find a great deal of interesting concept art and also small notes on each character/location written by some of the game''s creators, which are actually very insightful, and sometimes quite amusing. Yes, this section does take up a large part of the book, and rightfully so; this book was released as a celebration of the 25th Anniversary, and, by extent, the release of Skyward Sword, which was, at the time, the newest Zelda game. This may annoy some fans, but it should be kept in mind that Skyward Sword is not just another new Zelda game, but also the "origin story" of the Zelda universe. Naturally this wonderful game would get a lot of love and attention, and any true Zelda fan should be able to understand that to celebrate Skyward Sword is to celebrate the origin of the beloved series and every other game in it. I find it terribly sad that people claim to care so much about what''s canon and what''s not, but then choose to ignore a game that is canonically at the start of everything on the timeline, and as a result, needlessly bash this book for respecting that. This is not a huge advertisement, but a celebration that Zelda has made it this many years and is finally able to reward fans with an origin story. As a fan of the game, I can definitely say that this section is very satisfying and does not miss a single aspect of it. As a bonus, there is also a panel of additional facts, hints, and interesting theories about the things in Skyward Sword and their possible relation to the other games on the bottom of most pages in this section.

The History of Hyrule: A Chronology
This is probably the thing that people purchasing the book will be the most interested in, as it is an actual list on the official chronological order of the different Zelda games, according to Hyrule''s historical events. All of the core games in the series up until Skyward Sword are included here; however, all of the spin-offs (e.g., Link''s Crossbow Training), the two Satellaview games, Soulcalibur 2, and, thankfully, the awful CDi games, are not listed here. It is very well written, with a few mysteries that leave the reader with some very interesting questions, but not so many that the games seem out of place in the chronology. The timeline splits off in three directions after Ocarina of Time, but this should be no problem for anyone who is even just beginning to understand the concept of alternate universes, also called multiverse. In short, it is listing a set of three universes that occurr as a result of different possible outcomes at the ending of Ocarina of Time. It may sound difficult, but it is actually quite simple; this topic is covered in many different games, books, and TV shows nowadays, so I''m sure a great deal of people out there will be able to grasp this without any trouble. Furthermore, it gives some details about the first legend of Zelda game and Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link that the original games could not provide, such as the story of what happened just before the game began that set Link on his adventures. In addition to this, many of the pages detailing each era also include a small chart at the bottom of the page showing the Hylian writing of that particular time, along with a way to translate it into either Japanese or English. This is very important to those who have always wanted to read the writing placed on many signs and objects throughout the different games, so fans are sure to be pleased that these official translating guides are finally available. The Skyward Sword writing, however, was left out because Nintendo had intended for fans to try and figure it out (many already have).

Creative Footprints: Documenting 25 Years of Artwork
As the name would suggest, this section is full of artwork from the other core games in the Zelda series. It is definitely true that there is more artwork for the newer games like Twilight Princess and the Wind Waker, but I do not feel that this means they are ignoring the older games; I realize that the other artwork is simply more easy to find and publish because it is newer. As they said, for the older games, they had to dig through stacks of old documents to find the concept art, whereas the newer art would be more accessible. Also, it is unlikely that there would be much art for some of the older games, since the game systems were extremely limited in graphics, and as a result, not much detail could be put into designs that would be visible within the games themselves. Overall, this is a pretty large section, so they certainly were generous with the amount of art put in it.

Special Comic: The Skyward Sword Manga by Akira Himekawa
This was a very special manga requested by Eiji Aonuma for the 25th anniversary. As is stated by Akira Himekawa in the back of the Hyrule Historia book, this was also to celebrate the release of Skyward Sword and tell a story connected to the game that would complete the "very first Zelda tale" (Skyward Sword). As with most manga, it is read in the traditional Japanese right to left, back to front reading format. Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a preview for a longer Skyward Sword manga; this is just a very short, very special story. There will not be a bigger manga released later, as is evident now that well over three years have passed since Hyrule Historia''s initial release.
The story starts out in beautiful full-color, then goes to black and white after a few pages. Some people find this disappointing, but I for one am quite happy with it as it is. The art style is beautiful and perfectly suited to the Zelda style. The story is top-notch and extremely touching, describing the tale of the war between the goddess Hylia and the Demon King Demise, the ascension of Skyloft, and the true origin of the Zelda/Link reincarnation cycle, along with introducing the very first Link, Hylia''s Chosen Hero, and explaining his bond with the Crimson lofting. Now, some people claim that some things contradict the games and therefore cannot be true; however, in my opinion, this is incorrect. The Master Sword could have existed previously, been forged by Link and his comrades who would later be called the Seven Sages, and then devolved after the Triforce left its blade and entered the Silent Realm, just for example. In any event, I simply wanted to point out that while other reviewers claimed it non-canon, this was actually never said, and since I realize that many will skip over it if they feel it isn''t canon, I wanted to clear that up, so hopefully more people will give it a read and enjoy this book to its fullest. In fact, since it was requested by Zelda''s creators and placed in this official book, I think it''s pretty safe to say that it is canon. Definitely worth a read, and in my opinion, worthy of its own separate game. I have to say this is my favorite part of the book, as it truly made sense of everything that I still had questions about in regards to Link and Zelda. If you are worried that this story may disappoint you, don''t be; I am a huge Zelda fan and adore all of the core games in the series, but this story still holds an extremely special place in my heart, perhaps even slightly above any Zelda game I have ever played (and I''ve played them all); it''s that good. Akira Himekawa''s love and respect for the series truly shows in every aspect of this tale, and the final lines in the story really sum up the Zelda series beautifully; "a story that weaves destinies and spans eternity".

At the start of the book and just before the manga are two small sections in which Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma, respectively, say a few words about their love for the Zelda series and thank the fans for their continued support, nicely wrapping up the book in a very nostalgic way.

The name Hyrule Historia is not intended to imply that the book is mostly about the development of past games, or the history of the series as it has evolved over the years, although it does provide some of that; the name refers to the chronological history of Hyrule that is shown in the book, with all of the events talked about and shown in Skyward Sword being at the beginning of that timeline. Anyone who buys this book would do well to remember that, as it is unfair to expect the book to be about the official chronology, and still not have any focus on Skyward Sword over the rest. As a whole, the book is beautiful and interesting, the price is extremely amazing compared to the usual price in-store, and though it took a while to arrive from overseas, it was well worth the wait. I know that some reviewers complained that their book did not arrive with enough protective packaging, and as a result, was damaged, but this was not the case for me; it arrived in a very large box filled with protective bubble pack, and was in perfect condition, as I bought it new. I highly recommend this book to any and all Zelda fans, and I sincerely hope that if you are undecided about whether or not to buy it, like I had been, this review will have convinced you to give it a shot. You will never regret it.
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Dylan Huggart
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At Long Last, the History and the Heroes, the Power, Wisdom, and Courage...
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
I have been a fan of the Zelda series ever since was quite young, the N64 Games, the Gameboy, and especially Wind Waker on Gamecube were among the highlights of my childhood. I remember not only enjoying the games, experiencing their stories, and exploring the worlds, but... See more
I have been a fan of the Zelda series ever since was quite young, the N64 Games, the Gameboy, and especially Wind Waker on Gamecube were among the highlights of my childhood. I remember not only enjoying the games, experiencing their stories, and exploring the worlds, but desiring more of it all. When I got into my mid-teens I began researching video-games on the internet, and I learned a lot more about the games and how they evolved and came to be. Well image my elation when this book was announced. unfortunately, doe to other things going on in my life, I didn''t get the book right away. But now that has been remedied. I am so glad to have this book, i almost feel as though I am with he creators of the game during their brainstorming and designing of each incredible quest in this long-running series, the amount of notes and concept art shows just how much thought and passion went into every character and every story, it is truly amazing to see how much heart was poured into this games. If I seem rather vague on specifics, other reviewers are most assuredly on this site, and I really must encourage you to read some of this books other glowing reviews, because so many people have gone over this book and reviewed better than I could: and I really don''t want to just be shampooing and rinsing twice, if you get what I mean. If you are a fan of The Legend of Zelda, you have no reason to miss out on this book.
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Joey Pullitzah
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not bad, could''ve been better.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2013
I got this as a gift for a fellow nerd friend for his birthday. It wasn''t bad, it''s a huge book. I don''t think I would get it for me. It says it''s the Hyrule Historia, but it mostly covered Skyward Sword. It would''ve been nicer if it was more like an encylopedia, and if it... See more
I got this as a gift for a fellow nerd friend for his birthday. It wasn''t bad, it''s a huge book. I don''t think I would get it for me. It says it''s the Hyrule Historia, but it mostly covered Skyward Sword. It would''ve been nicer if it was more like an encylopedia, and if it showed more artwork from the earlier games. The artwork they put in there was basically just artwork from the old game manuals that came with the games, and some of them were in black and white to make it look like pencil, or it was pencil image, but never showed the color image e.g. from the first Legend of Zelda for N.E.S. with Link helping the old woman. So it would''ve been cooler to see concept/in development artwork, scenery art (not a lot of castle or dungeon art if at all), and more about the other games instead of just Skyward Sword. Even Ocarina of Time had a relatively small section, and Twilight Princess had the second largest bit of information (but it did show more concept art on Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess).
So easy go to list of what I wanted:
More concept art work
More information on other games (esp. the older ones since it''d be harder to find)
More in depth history for the characters
How all the games intertwine if they do at all
A map of the grand scheme of Hyrule that interlaced all the games.
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Where the Sidewalk Ends
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Ultimate gift for the long time Zelda fan
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2014
My 13 year old daughter is a huge fan of all the Zelda games, playing them over and over again. And she has been for years now. A few years ago when her twin brother started playing games like Roblox on the computer, she discovered her love for the Zelda series after... See more
My 13 year old daughter is a huge fan of all the Zelda games, playing them over and over again. And she has been for years now. A few years ago when her twin brother started playing games like Roblox on the computer, she discovered her love for the Zelda series after digging out my old retired Nintendo 64 (an amazing gaming system that is still working about 15 years after buying it, considering my last PS3 I paid 4X as much for, died after 5 years). She got into my games and discovered Ocarina of Time and Majora''s Mask. After that she was hooked.

Soon we were buying a used Nintendo Game Cube so she could get old Zelda games for it. We bought the Nintendo DS Zelda games. And this past Christmas she got a new DS XL for playing some of the newest DS Zelda games. Everything Zelda she loved.

She''s also super artistic and draws for hours and hours every day, So she started drawing many of her favorite characters from the games. So this past Christmas I picked her up this book. She opened it and it was a huge hit. Not only is there tons of reference material about the games characters, but also sketches and diagrams of how they are drawn. So it gave her some insight on how to better draw each of the characters.

She love this book and it really is well done. Each of the pages is filled with glossy images and amazing information. It''s laid out more like a journal about someone''s travels than a typical story book. The way it''s done makes it so unique and interesting, and it really is a must-have item for the person who loves all things Zelda. It also makes the ultimate gift for the Zelda fan.
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Jessica Lee
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Must-have historia for those of us who grew up in Hyrule
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2013
When I first heard that they were creating this book, you cannot even imagine my excitement. Immediately I began scouring my sources for fan-translations, only to discover that they were translating this into English as well. Joy! Let''s talk about the physicals... See more
When I first heard that they were creating this book, you cannot even imagine my excitement. Immediately I began scouring my sources for fan-translations, only to discover that they were translating this into English as well. Joy!

Let''s talk about the physicals aspects of the book. It comes to you wrapped in plastic so it''s like you''re opening a present when you rip that shiny stuff off. If you are lucky, you will have received a copy with no dented corners. I ordered 2 (one for me and one for a pal) and both came to me intact. There was very minor wrinkling near the spine of one of the books - only people who are really picky about these sorts of things would even notice it, though. Due to the method in which this product is packaged and shipped (at the manufacturer and again at the distributor, you will be hard-pressed to find a "perfect" copy of this.

The pages are printed on glossy paper that feel like that have a little heft to them - meaning they do not feel like tissue paper that will rip if you so much as hiccup. The only downside is that on pages saturated with darker ink (like black), your fingerprints are going to show up. If you are one of those people that absolutely must hold photographs by their edge, this will probably drive you a little crazy - luckily, there are not many pages where you will run into this problem.

There is a ton of content packed into this book - I spent a few hours thumbing through it, only giving some areas a close read while others got a glance-through. Character concept art, sketches, maps, and lots of other awesome stuff riddle the pages. They even translated the notes that the artists make, which I thought was pretty cool. The book is separated into several sections, in a very sensible manner that''s easy to follow. Having played several of the games in the series, it was really interesting to finally see how they all fit together in a timeline.

I could go on and on about this book, but the short of it is this: If you are a Zelda fan who is curious about learning more about, well, the history of Hyrule, then I highly recommend you pick this up. If you just play the games because they''re fun and don''t really give a hoot about what was put into making the game(s), then you can probably pass on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Must have for Legend of Zelda lovers.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2015
Didn''t see my son for a couple days when this came. Just kidding, I saw him. I even fed him. I made him go outside periodically. He looked through/read the entire book in just a couple days. Now he keeps looking at it for reference or to learn about one specific part of... See more
Didn''t see my son for a couple days when this came. Just kidding, I saw him. I even fed him. I made him go outside periodically. He looked through/read the entire book in just a couple days. Now he keeps looking at it for reference or to learn about one specific part of zelda-lore. He tried to take it to school. I tried to stop him. He won. I realized that he may let his friends look at it but he''ll probably have to be holding it while they "look with their eyes." It is a bit heavy to be lugging around in a backpack, especially one that''s got about 4 other books on any given day. So he didn''t take it again. He bought this with his birthday money. I''m sure he''d buy it again. I wish I''d just gotten it for the birthday or Christmas - increased my parent cred by about a thousand times over. Oh well, I''ll just be happy with my happy kid. Would recommend for any Legend of Zelda lover, young or old. The book is just cool - it''ll look good on your shelf or you could read it.
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Bretton Girl
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Attractive book inside and out, a thick volume packed with Zelda facts
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2019
This was purchased as a surprise gift for my teenage daughter to congratulate her on her exam results. She really likes it as she is a Zelda fan and ''discovered'' the game only in the last year or so. Consequently she has been obtaining older versions and trying to find out...See more
This was purchased as a surprise gift for my teenage daughter to congratulate her on her exam results. She really likes it as she is a Zelda fan and ''discovered'' the game only in the last year or so. Consequently she has been obtaining older versions and trying to find out more about these and the stories behind them. This book was therefore of great interest to her. It''s packed with lovely illustrations, facts and figures, in game and real world Zelda history and it''s a large book with genuinely interesting content. Well done Amazon for offering this at such a reasonable price! Later I plan to get her the new book that effectively supplements this one as there are new games now not covered by this book.
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Frugalgradstudentuk
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Fun to read. Probably better in print than digital kindle.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 9, 2020
This is a fun jaunt through some of the cool lore of the LoZ series and I enjoyed leafing through it. The color illustrations are top notch, I just found it difficult to read in digital form, both on my phone/kindle paper white. It is better in tablet/kindle fire however
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Nyn
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Absolutely Beautiful Book!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2013
If I could have give it 4.5 stars, I would have - The ONLY thing wrong with this is that it has soooo much more Skyward Sword in it than anything else - which is a shame. BUT, apart from that it is a beautiful, extremely well made book. I was very hesitant spending so much...See more
If I could have give it 4.5 stars, I would have - The ONLY thing wrong with this is that it has soooo much more Skyward Sword in it than anything else - which is a shame. BUT, apart from that it is a beautiful, extremely well made book. I was very hesitant spending so much (especially as it''s for my 7 year old) but this is a book I think he will treasure forever. There are so many illustrations and photos as well as detailed descriptions he loves it even though he can''t read it all yet. My husband (a Zelda fan too lol) had a great time looking at all the old video game covers and art work. The manga a the end is brilliant too - shame it''s not in color, but hey.. not complaining. My son certainly LOVES it and that''s what counts. If in doubt, go for it. It''s a classy, very well made book :)
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Vicki
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Must have for fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2017
Fantastic a must have for any fan of the series, great artwork and lots of information.
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Liz Lansdown
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Beautiful and about time...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2013
This has been available for some time in Japan, so it''s nice to see it finally reach UK shores. It is a wonderful collection of artwork and design decisions from all the Zelda games. Ideally it would be nice to see a book dedicated to each game, as trying to fit all of...See more
This has been available for some time in Japan, so it''s nice to see it finally reach UK shores. It is a wonderful collection of artwork and design decisions from all the Zelda games. Ideally it would be nice to see a book dedicated to each game, as trying to fit all of Zelda''s rich history into one printed book you are bound to miss a few things. Plus it means some of the images are smaller which is a shame. However as a long time Zelda fan it is a beautiful book to own and in some ways is a perfect swansong for me as the games are becoming less and less appealing with the direction Nintendo are taking them in. So with that in mind this really does become even more special as it is a celebration of something that made up a big part of my childhood. In summary: it is very heavy and prone to finger prints, but beautifully presented and printed and contains some wonderful behind the scenes information that makes the games that bit more enjoyable. :) A must have for any Zelda fan, and something to grab while it is still available.
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Become the ultimate Hyrule Historian and collect the series! Contains an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! As a bonus it also includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga — Akira Himekawa! Over four hundred pages of fully realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and a great deal more! This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD. A comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and tons of extras including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! Honoring the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The book comes with a black Nintendo sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and an instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it! Relive Nintendo’s Game of the Year! This oversized hardcover is the ultimate art & lore companion to the award-winning video game and includes material from both of its DLC packs! This book features sketches and official illustrations from Takumi Wada. Design artwork and commentary about the making of the game from the creators. Historical section that divulges the history of Hyrule as it is known in-game, and interviews with key members of the development team. Witness the making of a champion!

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Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link''s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga - Akira Himekawa!

About the Author

Eiji Aonuma is a Nintendo game designer, director, and producer. He is the series producer and manager of The Legend of Zelda and won the Golden Joystick Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Akira Himekawa is the pseudonym of two female comic book and manga artists who have collaborated together since 1991. Their illustrating credits include  The Legend of Zelda series,  Astro Boy, and  The Dragon Dreams of Twilight.

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