Feb 26, 2013

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A Look at Hyrule Historia

A Look at Hyrule Historia

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The 25th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda occurred on February 21, 2011. And here Nintendo is still celebrating it some 2 years later. Hyrule Historia was originally published in Japan over the summer last year. And now just a little bit later, Dark Horse took it upon themselves to translate and publish the very same book over here in the United States.

So what exactly is the book? Well it is as the title sounds, it goes over the history of Hyrule, and the Legend of Zelda as a whole. It is chock full of information, artwork and story details. It also features an introduction from Shigeru Miyamoto and even has pictures and such from various collectibles that have been released over the years for the franchise.

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Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book itself, is the timeline section. It goes over the history of the Zelda series, as well as a chronological order for the games. The starting point for the games is The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword. The most interesting aspect of the time itself is how it then splits off into 3 different sections, detailing 3 different possibilities and where the games have split off since the Ocarina of Time. That section of the book also expands on the timeline, going over the series events as well, and filling in any backstory that may not have been explained in the games.

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Other interesting parts of the book that are perhaps the biggest draw of its pages is the artwork, both concept and final images that made it into the book. I, myself being a Zelda fan saw some of this very same artwork for the first time. Looking at the artwork, I was intrigued the changes that both Link and Zelda herself went through over the years, perhaps the most startling changes coming out of the NES era of games to the N64 titles. It seems that the Ocarina of Time set a standard sort of look for all the characters going forward from that game.

Hyrule Historia is a masterpiece collection of art, history and mythology going over the 25 years that the The Legend of Zelda series has been around. Be forewarned, there are spoilers abound in the book if you haven’t beaten or seen some of the Zelda games. If you are a fan of the series, go pick up a copy of the book right now!