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.