The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts

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Art & Artifacts
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Cost

Standard Edition
United States $39.99
Collector's Edition
United States $79.99

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Release Date

Japan August 26, 2016
United States February 21, 2017

Credits

Publisher

Japan Nintendo Dream
United States Dark Horse

Director

Shion Saitou (Art Director)

Author

Editor

Japan Kazuya Sakai
United States Patrick Thorpe

Artist

Nintendo

Attributes

Type

Book

Language

Japanese
English

Length

424 pages

Size

9" x 12"

Color

Red (English Standard Edition)
Purple with Golden Pages (Collector's Edition)
Green (Japanese Edition)

ISBN

Standard Edition (ISBN-13)
United States 978-1-50670-335-0
Collector's Edition (ISBN-13)
United States 978-1-50670-378-7

Art & Artifacts, known as The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Graphics in Japan, is the second official book about The Legend of Zelda series, which contains over four-hundred pages of artwork from The Legend of Zelda series, including previews of the then-upcoming Breath of the Wild.[1] A collector's edition was released when the book saw it's worldwide release, which featured a design inspired by the Master Sword, and came with golden-edged pages.

Masterpiece Gallery

The first section of the book contains hundreds of pieces of official artwork, from The Legend of Zelda all the way to Tri Force Heroes. The artwork includes many pieces only seen before in instruction manuals, and is the first time many of these pieces are seen in high resolution. Additionally, in cases where game artwork was remade for certain occasions, for example with the HD remakes of The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, comparisons between the old and new pieces are showcased. Also included are some pieces of concept artwork, akin to that seen in Hyrule Historia.

Character Illustrations

This section of the book focuses on smaller pieces of official artwork, such as that of different characters which appear in the series, in addition to artwork of the enemies and items, of all games up to Tri Force Heroes. Again, never-before-seen pieces of concept artwork appear, and comparisons between old and new artwork are present.

Temple of Time

The final sections of this book contains miscellaneous illustrations from the previous 30 years of the Legend of Zelda, including pixel art from the early Legend of Zelda games, special anniversary illustrations, as well as some artwork for Breath of the Wild.

To close out the book, an interview with the artists of the series is included, which goes in to the artists' inspirations, their favorite works, and more.

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