Back in October, Dark Horse Publishing unveiled the third and final instalment in its plush, hardback The Legend of Zelda series - The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia - and it's now finally revealed a release date of 19th June, 2018.
The new edition - which has previously only been available in Japan - is a 328-page volume that covers everything from Hyrulian culture to major characters, events and relationships. If you're a fan of the series, you'll lap up this comprehensive rendition. If you're new to the series, there's no better resource to spend your rupees on. The Zelda Encyclopedia will be available in a standard edition for $39.99 and a $79.99 deluxe edition with an NES cartridge-style cover and slipcase.
Will you be investing in this premium slice of Zelda history? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below...
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Had this on preorder for many months. It was supposed to come out in April but got delayed.
Grabbing the standard hard cover. The gold one looks nice but given it's a set of 3 it's a bummer the expensive editions don't match. Prefer the lower end one for that consistency.
@Smigit with you on this one, doing the same thing!
If they bought out all three in hardback as a collection, might consider it
Do I need this... No.
Am I going to buy it... heck yes.
Gorgeous is a huge understatement
@Smigit I agree. The collector’s cover is a neat concept but I would rather have the cover that matches the other 2 books to complete the series.
The main problem I have with these encyclopaedias is they become obsolete the moment a newer game is released. They keep a certain collector value in time, sure, but few would want to collect every single encyclopaedia every single time a newer game is released and a newer version of the books is put to market, so I'm not so sure they retain a high value over time.
I’d probably buy this.....where’s the Link.....😒 sorry
@Cogsworth @Smigit! Me too!
I also wish Nintendo speciial editions boxes matched in size....
@Smigit agree 100% - hate it when things don’t match - although what were the first two books?? This has gone under my radar??
I’m very interested
I have both on pre-order mostly because I will read and look through the standard edition one but will keep the special edition un-opened.
I will get this to complete the set, but will always consider this to be the lesser of the three.
Translations have already revealed that it contradicts the Hyrule Historia in places, and in other places makes claims that sound like complete nonsense, with no evidence in the games to support them.
If you look into it further you will find that despite being credited as being written by Nintendo, the section that covers the lore of the series was actually written by the writers at the Nintendo Dream magazine, which would explain all of the problems with it... they've taken liberties with the content by adding their own ideas and theories, rather than sticking to the official information provided by Nintendo, essentially making it no better than fan-fiction.
I have the first two and will likely end up getting this as well to complete the set. The sad thing is that I still haven't looked through either of the ones I do have, and I know Hyrule Historia is outdated at this point.
Preordered it a while ago...cant wait.
Ehm, why isn't it called 'Hyrule Encyclopedia'? That's definitely a big flaw for something that should be about providing accurate information.
It's not an encyclopedia about Princess Zelda, after all...
Will it include a stupid timeline for people to argue over?
Another one (like SNES Visual Compendium) that can't apparently be preordered on Amazon. No discounts, no purchase for me.
No. Too rich for my blood.
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