• Hyrule Historia was recently released in North America much to the delight of The Legend of Zelda fans everywhere.  It has been out in Japan for a while and there was a time where we didn’t know if North American audiences would get it.

    It would appear that bringing Hyrule Historia over to North American fans was a very good idea.  As of the time of this writing Hyrule Historia is a New York Times #1 best seller and the number one selling book on Amazon.  Fans have Dark Horse Comics to thank for releasing it here.

    For those who don’t know what Hyrule Historia is, it is an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise.  Hyrule Historia includes 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.

    Perhaps one of the most impressive statistics is that Hyrule Historia hasn’t been number one just on release day or even release week.  It has been number one since it was released on January 29th.  For me personally I had Hyrule Historia pre-ordered and had it arrive from Amazon on release day.  It really is a special book if you are a Zelda fan and one every Zelda fan should own.

    According to KillScreenDaily.com the popularity of Hyrule Historia surprised even Dark Horse Books. Patrick Thorpe is the editor at Dark Horse Books and had this to say: “We knew that people wanted this book, but we had absolutely no idea that it would top the charts.  The seed of that groundswell of support is what made Dark Horse’s work possible in the first place.  The fans were instrumental in bringing Hyrule Historia to the states. They signed online petitions. They flooded message boards. They spammed e-mails.”

    “Every [job] has its exciting elements and quirks. But to say that I didn’t have a vested interest would be lying. I’ve gamed with Nintendo since the original NES, and played every Zelda game from The Legend of Zelda onward,” continues Thorpe.

    Hyrule Historia does tend to favor the more recent additions to the Zelda franchise with a large section devoted to Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess.  This book is a whopping 280 pages though which should please everyone.  The book features design documents, the official timeline and more.

    Have you had a chance to look at Hyrule Historia?  If not, do you plan on picking it up?  For those interested you can order it by clicking here.  Tell us what you think below about Hyrule Historia.

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