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The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia -Review

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


This book has a lot of hype behind it in the gaming world and for good reason.  I mean ... this book knocked Fifty Shades of Gray off the the number one spot on the Amazon booksellers list!   Yea for geeks! Here is the goodreads description:

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!

This book is beautiful. It could be considered an art book to me. It is the history of Link, Zelda, the worlds and all the villains. Most of the information in the book is about Hyrule. Who rules it, who are it's people, and also looking at all the landscapes. It has a wonderful timeline of each game (the order they were released is not the order in the history of the world). The book is full of illustrations and graphics of the characters, maps, and game shots. After looking at all the pictures this book for sure made me want to go out and re-play all the games!

 There is a lot of focus on Skyward Sword in this book. I am not sure if that is because it is the most recent game so they are going for sales? When I say there is a lot of pages about Skyward Sword I mean A LOT. I personally loved the game Ocarina of Time and wish there had been more pictures from that one. I have always played Zelda and to be honest it is the only reason I buy Nintendo anymore. I wish that Nintendo would just sell the Zelda franchise but of course that is their big money maker and they would never do that.  Recently some of my friends have gone retro and picked up some old Zelda games.  They are expensive.  You typically can not find an old Zelda game for less the $40.  For those of you who are not gamers that is expensive for a game that is 20 years old.

These pictures in the book show the evolution of the characters



In the back of the book is a Skyward Sword Manga.  Which might be confusing for those who don't know about Manga.  You read Manga starting on the last page and you read right to left.  This section of the book is wonderful.  I love the art and I love that this might introduce people to Manga.  I don't normally read this genre but every now and I then I enjoy checking it out.


Zelda games have been one of my favorite.  They really are what introduced me to RPG type video games.   I have so many fond memories of these games and this book is a fan's dream come true.  I can't wait to see what this series has store in the future.

The Crystal Ball says:



Sun is shinning!!!  Great day to go outside and read this book.
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8 comments:

  1. How cool! My husband is playing Twilight Princess right now. My 3 1/2 year old and I cheer him on. :)

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    1. Twilight Princess was fun but not my favorite. Hang onto that game ... it will be worth some money some day!!

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  2. Ah, pretty! This is next on my to-buy list (it's a bit too expensive to buy on a whim like most of my books). Glad it's as fancy/informative as I was hoping :)

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    1. I got my copy from the library.... I couldn't spend the money on it either!

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  3. I don't think I've played this game since the 80s. I'm a huge fan of books like this though, even if it's for something I'm not all that familiar with.

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    1. This book was really well done. It is a book I would love to have out on my coffee table for all to see. Really well done.

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  4. It looks beautiful! My mom played the game more than I did, but there were nights she would come downstairs and play it, and I would fall asleep listening to the Zelda music. I still have my original Nintendo, along with a bunch of games. Many don't work, but one of the Zelda games still does. I sort of feel like playing now...

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. My mom loved these games too. She never played because it always hurts her hands (arthritis) but she loved to watch my sister and I play!

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