- Hardcover: 424 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (Feb. 21 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1506703356
- ISBN-13: 978-1506703350
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 4.1 x 31.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Hardcover – Feb 21 2017
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|The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia||The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts||The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia||The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — Creating a Champion|
|Become the ultimate Hyrule Historian and collect the series!||Contains 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! As a bonus it also includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga — Akira Himekawa!||Over four hundred pages of fully realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda! Every masterwork is printed on high-quality paper in an oversized format so you can immerse yourself in the fine details of each piece. This book includes rare promotional pieces, game box art, instruction booklet illustrations, official character illustrations, sprite art, interviews with the artists, and a great deal more!||This 320-page book is an exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda from the original The Legend of Zelda to Twilight Princess HD. A comprehensive collection of enemies and items, potions to poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and tons of extras including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma!||Honoring the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The book comes with a black Nintendo sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and an instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it!||Relive Nintendo’s Game of the Year! This oversized hardcover is the ultimate art & lore companion to the award-winning video game and includes material from both of its DLC packs! This book features sketches and official illustrations from Takumi Wada. Design artwork and commentary about the making of the game from the creators. Historical section that divulges the history of Hyrule as it is known in-game, and interviews with key members of the development team. Witness the making of a champion!|
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This is a "Collected Arts" book. It collects finished and approved art.
Take all the small clip art from the Zelda instruction booklets, players guides and promotional pieces, make them bigger and put them all in one hefty book so they can have space to breathe and be appreciated.
To those who already own the Hyrule Historia, If you wanted larger versions and more of the finished art in the timeline section (pages 68-136), but none of the rough development sketches (pages 8-66 and pages 138-232) that's what you get.
I've always loved the art in pre-ocarina and gameboy instruction booklets, and having higher resolution print versions of it to mull over without needing a magnifying lens is nice.
One B negative for me personally, is that the character and monster sections for Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are full of in-game models. Those games have beautiful concept art, but because, I guess, the players guides and promotion material didn't require finished art versions of anything outside the main characters and promo splash pages, they had to fill these sections with in-game models. I get it. Like I said earlier, most of the art comes from instruction booklets, and those died around the time those games were released.
In conclusion, it's a good companion to the Historia, which turns out, has less of the finished art than I remembered. Just know you're buying a big(and heavy) coffee table book full of artwork that's been in every gaming magazine and players guide ever and is easily accessible online.
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