The Hyrule Historia has been the topic of a lot of talk and debate over the last year but western fans have had much trouble getting a hold of most of the information stored within it due to the rarity of the book and the lack of any localization. Well a recent update by Diamond Comic Distributors for their January 2013 release date lists the high coveted Hyrule Historia among their catalog. The book will be translated and distributed by Darkhorse Comics which is a well known translator and distributor of manga in the U.S. The book will be a hardcover containing all 272 pages and sells for $34.99. The shipping date is scheduled for 1/29/2013.
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Price: $34.99 ($38.99 CAN)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Imprint: Dark Horse Books
Writer: Shigeru Miyamoto, Eiji Aonuma
Artist: Akira Himekawa
Size: 9 x 12
Page Count: 272
Carton Qty: 8
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: 8+
Comparison Title: The Art of the Mass Effect Universe (ISBN-13 978-1-59582-768-5, $39.99),
The Art of Alice: Madness Returns(ISBN-13 978-1-59582-697-8, $34.99)
Genre: Art, Coffee Table,
Ship Date: 1/29/2013
Rights: World except territories specified elsewhere in rights statement
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!
KEY SELLING POINTS:
• 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 time.
• 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.
After a year of waiting it is finally coming to America. I had assumed this whole time that Nintendo would not translate it and we were all just to be content with random translations online. I am definitely getting this, I love art books and anything that contains developer info. Especially something Zelda related, those always take priority in my collection.
So what do you think? Are you going to purchase a copy? Finally glad Nintendo is releasing this overseas? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Diamond Book Distributors