The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is one of the most beloved video game series of all time and Nintendo and Dark Horse comics have teamed up to cover the chronology and creation of this game. It is an awesome book (and HUGE size wise) with 276 pages that covers the complete history of Hyrule.
The book was originally released in Japan for the 25th anniversary of the first Zelda game and as a tie in for Skyward Sword. It’s full of never-before-seen original concept Zelda artwork and illustrations, insights, and design notes, with a complete collection of all Zelda games ever released. Even before the release of this book, it already gained popularity as a best-seller due to pre-orders that were placed which skyrocketed it to the #1 spot on Amazon’s sales chart, unseating “50 Shades of Grey”.
One of the most stunning parts of the book is the artwork (see some samples below) with plenty of sketches of everybody’s favorite heroes and villains as well as some of the minor characters of the games and wonderful location concept art. You can enjoy the collections from every incarnation of Link, Zelda, and Ganon and see how their appearances have changed through the years. For the hardcore fans of the Zelda games who love concept art, you’re going to like the pages of this volume.
Another interesting section of the book for Zelda fans is the history, “The History of Hyrule: A Chronology”. It shows a complete history and nice overview of the events of all the core games of The Legend of Zelda timeline. This section almost consumes quarter of the book and it serves as a refresher for every Zelda game you’ve played. Most of the text in this section is quite interesting as well as the timeline itself. The things were split into three separate timelines that exist in parallel.
As a tie-in with Skyward Sword, it includes a 32-page bonus coverage for it by Akira Himekawa giving us a special treat. It tells the story from the background of Skyward Sword and actually based on the game, though it’s not the main attraction of the book, the manga still pretty sweet.