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The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Hardcover – February 21, 2017
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This book has maybe 25-33% more art than the Hyrule Histora. I say art, because aside from the small interview section in back there's barely any text describing the art aside from the character's name or what game it came from. There is an interview in back of the book, but it mainly discusses the art of Zelda rather than the lore. You will not get insight or commentary in terms of hidden story lines or about the Zelda timeline in this book.
You do get art from the entire series from the original Legend of Zelda to Zelda Twilight Princess HD or Zelda Tri Force Heroes. There are 3,4 pages dedicated to Zelda Breath of the Wild, but again just promotional art you have seen before.
Like the Hyrule Historia, the ink and paper quality i really good. Great coffee table book for when you have guests over or want to browse through it if a loading screen ever pops up.
Overall great compilation of promotional Zelda art through the ages in one location
The book measures a bit over 9x12 inches and is almost 2 inches thick.
Paper stock is thick and glossy, printing is really nice. Lovely illustrations.
Book was dented and color rubbed off in one of the corners but not enough to take away from the review because that's not the fault of the product.
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Illustrations are presented chronologically by game. Beginning with the original The Legend of Zelda and going all the way to Breath of the Wild, you’ll encounter images you’ve never seen before from your favorite Zelda game in these pages. Each game section in the first half of the book features familiar key art, like illustrations you may remember from the instruction manuals and game boxes, along with concept art.
There’s some serious nostalgia in these pages. Whether it’s the iconic image of a cartoonish Link as the book begins or the Master Sword on its pedestal in the sunlit forest, the illustrations in this book can immediately transport you back to childhood, or to simpler times when you first picked up a Zelda game.
The second half of Art & Artifacts focuses on characters. Sorted by game, not only is there art for Link, Zelda, and Ganon, but all of the minor named characters and enemy creatures. The names themselves are fascinating, odd, and somewhat familiar, like skulltulas and stalfos. Each game also has a page of detailed item icons, living up to the “artifacts” in the title.
Unlike Hyrule Historia, this art book is light on text, although there is a lengthy interview with Nintendo’s art team about the history of Zelda‘s concept art in the last pages. If you’re looking for more about the games’ history and stories, stick to Hyrule Historia, but if you’re looking for a book with pages of art to flip through at any time, Art & Artifacts is the collection you want sitting on the coffee table.
Oh yeah, and the "Breath of the Wild" section advertised is basically just the first 5 images results off google, just in high quality. No joke. So if you're getting it for that... prepare to be full of emptiness.
I have two gripes with the book which are mostly minor compared to everything else this book has to offer. Some posters are printed over two pages where the seam hides predominate details (SNES master sword scene in particular) and I was hoping for less box art and more concepts and sketches, thus the "artifacts" of the books title was a little thin.