Fantastic game history archiving news, everybody! History of Hyrule, a prolific Zelda archivist, has just uploaded a high-quality scan of The Legend of Zelda: The Mirage Castle, a choose-your-own-adventure book from 1986, shortly after the release of the first Legend of Zelda game.
Because The Mirage Castle was released so long ago, it has a lot of weird and interesting Zelda lore that has since been scrubbed from the story, like a character called Fairy Fanny and Ganon's younger brother, Demon General Gaia. Zelda's father is a character we've met a few times over the last 30 years, but we've never known him as "King Graham II", as he's called in the book.
The book is entirely in Japanese, and features manga-style drawings on many of the pages. Take a look at some of the illustrations — and hover your mouse over each one to get a (very) rough translation of the captions:
For the full book, visit History of Hyrule's archival scan — and be aware that this is a manga-style book, so you'll need to press left on the keyboard or swipe left to go to the next page.
Ganon's brother isn't named Dumbledorf? That's too bad.
I feel saddned that I never knew about this book before today, but I am very happy to learn it exists.
I now look forward to paying exorbitant eBay prices to get a copy.
Fairy Fanny has a Spam purse. It's true.
I hate to break it to y'all, but Zelda Wiki has known about this for a while now:
@Astral-Grain It isn't GANNON?
@ModdedInkling They may have known about it, but they didn't have the high-quality scans of it that have just been uploaded!
@KingMike Ah, yes, yes it is.
Remember when Gannondalf and Link-o Baggins of Hyrule journeyed to Death Mountain Mordor, the home of the Gorcons and they threw Elven Princess Zelda's toe ring into the mountain?
Never saw that one coming.
Or at least Stephen Dorff
What the heck? A Zelda choose your adventure book? I haven’t heard of those in a long time!
@Astral-Grain Let's not forget about GanonWorf, Ganon's Klingon half brother.
@OldManHermit I had to look it up to be sure, but I always thought it was spelled "Wharf."
I learn something new every day!
Gaia is a heck of a strange name for a demon general. Makes me think more of dolphins and incense than malice and evil.
@Astral-Grain Lol, Wharf.
@ModdedInkling As Skunkfish says, the news isn't that we just discovered its existence, it's that the high-quality scans were uploaded.
I can imagine Ganon and Gaia arguing over the xbox or toys like siblings
Bring back Fairy Fanny, you cowards.
I wonder why Fairy Fanny never appeared in the games.
I have 2 Mario adverture books, one is a Super Mario World from a Pringles promo. I didn't get the game till the GBA game came out, but that's where I first started in Nintendo nation.
@KingMike it's my head ganon
80s Manga style is still looking really cool. Specially like the big feet, making it look like mega Man
Wish the style would come back or be used again in a cool high profile Fantasy Manga
Hover my mouse?! I think NL need to run a check on their GA to see how few are on a desktop with a mouse... (Tries hovering a finger just in case).
Hate if you want but I kind of like Link with the slightly darker hair.
I can't believe I've never seen this before. Especially at my age. I bought those when I was a kid.
EDIT: Now I see the Japanese writing and realize why I both never saw it before and why you shouldn't comment on just the title, before you read the article lol.
I really dig the art style, tbh.
Maybe the mummy from botw2 is Ganon's younger brother?
@ModdedInkling It sure is: Because I posted it online and someone added a great & extensive update to the wiki after that. This article is only a few days older than the update. But even though I had all of the images and basic info up for almost 20 years on my Zelda site, well before Zelda Wiki even existed, it took until 2021 someone to even make an entry for it. This is also the first time high res scans have ever been online
Thanks for the feature, Kate!
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