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The Holy Bible Of The Zelda Franchise,
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (Hardcover)
This is the holy bible of the Zelda universe. Contained in this tome is concept art from the games, interviews, the official timeline of the games and more information than you could ever hope for. This is amazing as it gives us a whole new look at the franchise, we see from the concept art how the characters evolved and the production art is amazing. While much of the book is given to talking about games like Skyward Sword and Twilight princess and the recent DS games, I will admit I wanted more discussion of Link's awakening and the Capcom co-produced game boy color games which were among my favorites. The discussion around Ocarina of Time is incredible and in fact all the interviews from those involved in the creation and production of the series are amazing. So much information is given about the games and this really feels worth the long wait. Especially the concept art as it lets us see how the character's looks evolved over time. You can really learn a lot about the characters and universe in this 276 page book.
The info given also fills in on some of the backstory of the games, both in Universe and how they came to be. These interviews are excellent and Nintendo really goes all out to give you your money's worth!
The timeline is something that has been long awaited by many fans but there is something you might be surprised by with it.
As well there is 32 Pages of the skyward sword prequel comic included by the creators of the Zelda Manga and it is awesome. It fills us in on the backstory prior to Skyward Sword and the events mentioned in the game. A really fun comic, it also lets us know there are always more legends of Zelda and Adventures of Link.
The book is in a Portrait format which means this is a coffee table book. The binding is awesome and the art looks like a visual feast for the eyes.
While there isn't a lot of discussion on the earlier games, what there is is memorable and interesting. And if you are wondering, no the CD-i games are not mentioned thankfully.
When this was announced in Japan for the 25th anniversary, fans in North America went nuts waiting for it to come and I can honestly say it was worth the wait. If you are a fan of the series, then you owe it to yourself to get this book. In many ways this is both the holy bible and the Holy Grail for Zelda fans.