Posted by Benjamin Webb on Aug 17, 2012

Hyrule Historia Translated By Darkhorse Confirmed

So this is a story that I’ve been following all day and have yet to see any kind of actual confirmation on. But a site called Gengame has reported that there will be a translated edition of the somewhat official The Legend of Zelda encyclopaedia – The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia.

The original story, posted here, tells us that the book will be released by Dark Horse in January 2013 but links to a source that is completely unavailable. The source is this. It then copy-pastes this blurb from the unverifiable source –

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!

KEY SELLING POINTS:

• The Legend of Zelda franchise has sold 68 million copies since the release of the first game, with the original Legend of Zelda being the fourth best selling NES game of all time, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time holding the record for the highest reviewed video game of all time.
• Covers the full history of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
• With an introduction by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
• Includes the official timeline of The Legend of Zelda games, never-before-seen concept art, The Legend of Zelda manga, in-depth information on the making of the The Legend of Zelda franchise, and art by some of the most storied concept artists in video games.

Now, with something as big as this, I was almost tempted to post it up myself with the unverified source. However, I was quite skeptical about this and actually did some research on the topic. The results of this are that the book is indeed coming out in January and Dark Horse is indeed publishing the book. This can be verified here at the official Dark Horse website. I have reproduced their description below –

Dark Horse Books and Nintendo® 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!

* The full history and making of the The Legend of Zelda™ franchise, never-before-seen concept art!

* Introduction by Shigeru Miyamoto!

So it turns out that it was all true. Journalists really need to step up their game though.

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