Take a Sneaky Look at The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

In English, hurrah!

It's been a good month so far for Zelda fans. Not only has the monumental book, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, been translated and confirmed for the West next January, but this week we also had the smug satisfaction of knocking off E. L. James' infamous Fifty Shades of Grey from the top spot on amazon.com's best-sellers chart.

Now, Zelda fans, your month is going to get even better, as Kotaku has published a first look inside the newly translated book. The page in question takes a look at Link's most recent Wii epic, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and contains a section written by designer, Ryuji Kobayashi, about how Link was presented in the franchise's latest update.

The Link presented here is a mere seventeen and a half years old. He was designed as such - "halfway grown up, not fully matured" - in order to strike a thematic balance between this and Twilight Princess. His armament and attire remain mostly unchanged (with perhaps only the absence of arm guards). The expressions on his face are portrayed as slightly more comical and lighthearted than before, so that regardless of what expressions he makes, the expressions themselves seem relatable. Additionally, there is a lot of interpersonal interaction in this instalment, so the expressions become much richer.

If you would like to join in the pre-order madness, you can secure a copy for yourself at the newly reduced price of $20.99.

[via kotaku.com]