Published on January 28th, 2013 | by octaneblue1
Review: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Publisher(s): Dark Horse Books
Release Date(s): January 29, 2013
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is a book that chronicles all of the major titles of the Zelda series. It includes official art, concepts, written commentary from those who worked on the games, and storyline elaborations. With content totaling well over 200 pages, simply put, this is a must-own for fans of the franchise.
Commentary from series creator Shigeru Miyamoto opens up Hyrule Historia, explaining how he came up with the initial storylines, the names of the major characters, and so on. From there, the first game covered is Skyward Sword, the events of which take place first in the series chronology. This section alone is over 50 pages long. The original Japanese release of Hyrule Historia took place around the same time as the launch of Skyward Sword, hence the big focus on that title. This section is extremely in-depth; you’ll get spotlights on characters, locations, items, and more.
The section of this book that caught the interest of many fans is the official series timeline. This section orders the series in the events that they occur in the Zelda chronology. There’s a page dedicated to the actual timeline, followed by detailed looks at each game in the series, summarizing the events that occurred. Obviously, there are spoilers here, so if you haven’t played or completed certain games in the series, you’ll probably want to skip those respective sections.
The concept art for most of the games is especially intriguing; you’ll see the different designs that each character went through, and some of them are radically different than the final product that ended up in the game. Some of these are pretty hilarious too; for example, there’s a sketch of Ganondorf from Twilight Princess with an Elvis-like hairdo. Can you imagine fighting him with that on his head?
The final section of Hyrule Historia includes a word from series producer Eiji Aonuma, as well as a manga, by Akira Himekawa, based on Skyward Sword.
Packed with a hefty amount of content, if you’re a fan of The Legend of Zelda, then Hyrule Historia is a must-buy. It’s as simple as that.
Thanks to Dark Horse Books and the localization team for bringing Hyrule Historia outside of Japan!
+ Over 250 pages
+ In-depth coverage on all the major titles in the series
+ Written commentary from developers
Final score: 5 out of 5