The Legend of Zelda. Those four words (and those four notes) can elicit all kinds of emotions in gamers young and old. I can remember the first Zelda I’ve played, and how old I was when it happened. (Zelda II: Adventure of Link, 7 years old.) I can remember the first Zelda I successfully finished myself (Ocarina of Time), and the feel of the controller in my hand as I mashed the A button to render Ganon asunder. I recall friends who named their Link “Aquascum” just so they could see Ganondof scream, “Curse you, Aquascum!” as he fell, defeated. And, I suspect, most wizened gamers have the very same memories. (Maybe not that last one.)
From its humble NES beginning throwing you into a beige field where an Old Man awaited to give you your first wooden sword, the tales of the Princess Zelda and her young hero, Link, have reached the hearts of many across the world. There are few who don’t have that twinge of comfort and nostalgia when thinking of the Nintendo-bred series.
And that’s why you’ll buy The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, available today from Dark Horse.
Finally translated into English after being released in Japan in 2011, Hyrule Historia celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fabeled game series. The 280-page tome collects tons of stunning art and nuggets of behind-the-scenes information that any discerning Zelda fan would want. The book details the in-game mythology behind each story, interwoven among the much-discussed official timeline for the games.
Hit the jump for our full review of this much-anticipated Zelda release!