The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Being Published In The U.S. By Dark Horse

By Ishaan . August 16, 2012 . 10:15am

Remember Hyrule Historia, the Legend of Zelda encyclopedia that Shogakukan and Nintendo released in Japan? The book covered the history of the Zelda series, provided an in-depth look at The Legend of Zelda’s timeline, an overview of Hyrule’s evolution, concept art from each Zelda game, and more.


The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is reportedly coming to the U.S. next year. Publisher, Dark Horse, are collaborating with Nintendo to release the book in the U.S. for $35 in 2013. Here’s Dark Horse’s product description, sourced from a Diamond Book Distributors sales kit:


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!


While Dark Horse have yet to make an official announcement themselves, Diamond Book Distributors’ sales kit says that The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia will be released on January 29th, 2013. The book has 272 pages and a hardbound cover.

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  • James Beatty

    all my rupees! 

  • Worth every single penny.

  • SteveEdwards

    personally I think the artwork is a bigger draw than the timeline
    im looking forward to this book and i hope it is high quality

  • kevinposta

    Yesss, awesome news!
    I’m totally gonna grab this if I can. And the price looks pretty reasonable actually!

  • Jirin

    It’d be cool to see a historical chronicle of Zelda games, but…

    In the developers eyes, don’t all the games pretty much exist as a standalone, except maybe the 2d ones which are meant in a particular sequence?

    Is all this timeline stuff actually something real and canonical, or is it just something organized by fans around what seems to fit the most?

    • Rentekabond

      It’s the legitimate timeline that was released earlier this year/Last year, I forget. But it is the most “Canon”, though as Miyamoto has said time and again, it’s mainly irrelevant.

    • Wait what

       They’ve been saying there is a set canon timeline for years now. They changed it around a bit back in the old days and retconned a few statements, but starting with Wind Waker and Twilight Princess when the whole split timeline thing started, they started taking it really seriously. So yeah.

      • Wait what

         What I mean is, they never said the games were stand-alone, and this book is BY the creators, so obviously it’s not just fans.

        • Jirin

          Ok, so the timeline is ‘canonical’.  Do any of the games actually reference each other though besides vague references to past heroes?  What’s the ‘split timeline’ thing?  I never played all the way through OoT.  So, there are multiple outcomes which both occur in parallel.  If the hero fails, the golden land is turned into the dark world, which sets the stage for LttP.  If he succeeds, there is yet another split depending on what, a choice made in the ending?

          • The other split occurs when Link leaves the timeline he defeated Ganondorf as an adult in, when he’s sent back as a kid in that new timeline he warns them about Ganondorf’s plans before they ever happen and then you get Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess but that leaves the timeline where he was defeated without a Link so when Ganondorf comes back the only way to stop him is to flood Hyrule and then you get Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

            There are a bunch of references like the Stalfos that teaches you moves in Twilight Princess is Link from Ocarina of Time, the Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask is the same one from Ocarina of Time that you taught Saria’s Song, there’s a theory that Dragoon Roost Island and Windfall Island are Death Mountain and Kakariko Village respectively.  These are just off the top of my head.

          • Wait what

            Wind Waker literally begins with them telling the story of Ocarina of Time as backstory. Of course the games reference each other. Gren explained the split timeline so I will defer to him for that.

        • Well to me it seems like fan appeal.

  • SirRichard

    Oh yes please, totally down for this. It’s practically a Zelda bible, I need to hold it at least once!

  • Kris

    Oh man, I can’t wait! I didn’t like Skyward Sword much, so I didn’t finish it but I hear that this tells me all I need to know about the way that game ties to others in the franchise…

  • Meintje Diepstraten

    I was just about to buy the Japanese version off Ebay, I’m really glad I (randomly) checked Siliconera before I did. This is great news!

  • epy

    I will have this. Still, I really dislike that timeline they came up with. For starters I don’t like the idea of the Hero of Time losing, also, unlike the Child and Adult timelines making perfect sense, the whole “Hero of Time was defeated” timeline is pretty much a “what if” scenario that kinda feels like a cop out once they couldn’t find a way to fit all those games somewhere else. Also annoying is that this timeline includes what might be (depending on my mood) my favorite Zelda game, A Link to the Past. So not only is this great game part of a “what if” scenario, but also one built upon the failure of Link. Hopefully they’ll retcon this later once they have more games out.

    • Wait what

      Since they went so far as to publish this as an official timeline, I seriously doubt they will retcon it later, especially since with Skyward Sword they clearly want to build upon the mythology and history more, making a stable timeline pretty much mandatory. Plus, the “Hero Failed” isn’t a “What If”, it’s another timeline, as canon as the other two. It doesn’t invalidate A Link to the Past any, just sets it apart from the other two timelines. There may very well be more games set in that timeline.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Interest piqued.

  • I’m so buying it.

  • LunarKnite

    Sweet! I hoped that it’d eventually make its way overseas!

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    How many pages was it, and can it be hardcover?

    • Zero_Destiny

      It is going to be 272 pages and is hardcover.

      • XYZ_JolteonZ980

        Thanks Zero.

  • Waaaaaannt~

  • ThunderGod_Cid

    YEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! It’s about damn time.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    $35  WOW THATS CHEEP  *go to gamestop*  $50 or more ………….

  • WilHiteWarrior

    Maybe theyll finally explain why Link losing to ganondorf on OoT resulted in another timeline

    • Ben Sylvia

      Because timey-wimey ball.

  • Muddied_Waters

    Released one day before my birthday.  I know what present I’m getting myself.

  • DCBlackbird

    just took some nostalgia estacy from this…………no drug jokes aren’t funny sorry

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  • LaserVision

    If it wasn’t going to be Dark Horse, I’d figure it’d be Udon who’d try to get this out. We’re all actually pretty spoiled.

  • How many rupees will this cost? I will slay many creatures, as many green rupees as it takes to get my hands on this!

  • Its on for 27 bucks!

  • miju

    Concept art takes priority over the timeline for me.

  • ALMIGHTY Juicemon E. Genesis

    Take it. . . Just take my money right now. . .

    • There might be a limited editon one so wait for it.

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