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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

For that geek who needs to know everything about everything (sounds like me!), the good folks over at Dark Horse Comics (I love Dark Horse!) have partnered up with Nintendo to produce a book - a collection of everything you need to know about The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia.

Japan - It's A Wonderful Rife assumes it doesn't offer clues on how to defeat each game, but it does come chock full of never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule (the place is made-up, so we will assume the history is, too), the official chronology of the games, and much more!

There's even an introduction by Miyamoto Shigeru (surname first) who created the Zelda video game series, along with Donkey Kong,  and other great games, and apparently the whole Wii thing.

For those of you who love Miyamoto's genius, you should know that the whole The Legend of Zelda games was inspired by his childhood exploration of the hills near his home in the town of Sonobe, in Kyoto-ken, Japan. He used to wander about the forests, secluded lakes, caves and rural villages - in fact, he has said one of his best experiences was when he discovered a cave entrance in the middle of the woods. 

After some hesitation - hesitation is good! There could be bats or bears or vampires! - he entered and wandered about with a lantern. Maybe they mean flashlight. Maybe.

And that's what Zelda is all about... exploration... adventure... discovery... each game a miniature garden for the player to escape into.

I've played The Ocharina Of Time (the only Zelda game I've played, in fact), and it was bloody fantastic. I can't even recall if I beat it... I think I reached a point and the 100 hours spent made my brain crumble.

Anyhow... Zelda is the name of the princess the hero Link is trying to help. Miyamoto decided on the name after once hearing that F. Scot Fitzgerald (Great Gatsby writer amongst others) was married to a Zelda. Miyamoto felt that the name was both 'pleasant and significant'.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia book contains lots of information about the 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.

According to Wikipedia, as of December 2011, The Legend of Zelda franchise has sold 67.93 million copies since the release of the first game, with the original game - the Legend of Zelda being the fourth-best selling NES game of all time.

The Legend of Zelda franchise was also the inaugural recipient of Spike TV's first ever Video Game Hall of Fame award. I can't believe I actually watched the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards and know this fact.

More information on the book can be found HERE

Andrew Joseph

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