UPDATE: Amazon Pre-Order Page for Hyrule Historia

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

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Yes! The fabled item, Hyrule Historia, which fans of the The Legend of Zelda series have been begging for, is finally being localized  and being published by Dark Horse Comics no less.

The item is not just an art book that covers the entirety of the franchise (excluding the CD-I games), but there are also snippets of a never-before-released manga , and a (never would have imagined it possible) timeline! Yes a timeline, which not even die hard fans thought Nintendo would ever go for after Shigeru Miyamoto himself said “there is no timeline”. Times sure have changed.

Diamond Book Distributors has listed Hyrule Historia as part of Dark Horse Comics’ January 2013 release schedule, priced at $34.99, with a specific date of January 29, 2013. Here is the full product 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!

• The Legend of Zelda franchise has sold 68 million copies since the release of the first game,
with the original Legend of Zelda being the fourth best selling NES game of all time, and The
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time holding the record for the highest reviewed video game of all

• Covers the full history of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
• With an introduction by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
• Includes the official timeline of The Legend of Zelda games, never-before-seen concept art, The Legend of Zelda manga, in-depth information on the making of the The Legend of Zelda franchise, and art by some of the most storied concept artists in video games.

Pre-order your copy from Amazon today for a wicked discount!!



Pre-order Hyrule Historia NOW!

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  • This will definitely be worth picking up for the concept art alone.

  • I’ll get this, but people have been translating it online for a while. Just a heads-up.

    • That’s nice and all, but I love to own the physical books and support the companies if I can.

    • not all of it is though. I’d imagine glitterberry will stop translating now that its being localized.

  • I was coming here to look for some art for Xenoblade but I came across this and I am so excited about this.

    • Richard Ross

      Didn’t realize people would be interested in looking for game art here, perhaps we can make dedicated galleries available! 🙂

  • I honestly don’t care if people have translated this online. In my opinion, it’s ALWAYS good to have the genuine article when it comes to artbooks, manga and comics. Physical media can’t be beat when it comes to stuff like that (note: this is coming from someone who actually bought Absolute Watchmen and the Gorillaz biography Rise of the Ogre). Needless to say, I’ll be picking this one up.

  • A few times I’ve had the Japanese version in my hands but I didn’t buy it. At first it was hard to find but then they kept printing more. Now that it’s in English I will probably pick this up for a friend of mine who’s a huge Zelda fan. Or at least I will tell him about it, haha.

  • It’ll be a 1-week-late birthday gift for me. <3 So happy!

    What a way to start the day! 😀

  • I’m more interested in seeing how that Zelda timeline officially translates. We’ve all seen the theories and guesses based on rough Japanese translation, but this English translation will be the closest we have to some definitive answers.

    • ^^ This. When I get my copy the first thing I’ll do is flick the pages over to the timeline, THEN move on to reading it slowly.

  • If only I had more money to spend on amazing things like this…

  • Hey, those who want this should order from Amazon now, if they already have not. It is 40% off ($14 off) full-price at this very moment. It has the pre-order price guarantee too.

  • Majestic 12

    Yeah just got £20 out of the blue as a gift. Spent it on this. Good job well done methinks. Should have decent resale value too…hmm maybe I should buy a few more…

  • Majestic 12

    Ha Jan 29th you say? My birthday is on the 25th lol. good times. I’ll get loads of money then too! Mario eat your heart out.

  • Majestic 12

    I wish this was available to buy digitally too. I would love to read this on my Vita…no really. would look amazing on that screen. will probably never happen though.

  • GoldenLink

    They just confirmed the cover artwork >> http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/11/19/legend-of-zeldas-historia-has-new-cover