Rejoice, all ye gamers who love the Legend Of Zelda. The Hyrule Historia will finally be available in English. Western audiences have been waiting patiently for a translation of the hugely popular Legend Of Zelda encyclopedia ever since it was first released in a Japanese only edition last December. Now, thanks to Dark Horse Books, there will be an English version of The Hyrule Historia available in North America on January 29, 2013.
The good news was revealed on Wednesday when Dark Horse released the following statement:
“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, Akira Himekawa, 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!”
A spokesperson for the publisher gave us an idea of just how much effort is going into the Dark Horse Edition of the Hyrule Historia, when he said, “We are even translating the smallest of hand-written notes on the concept designs, some stuff that was too small to be legible in the Japanese version.” The new translation will be available in 9″ x 12″ hardcover with 248 pages; priced at $34.99 in the United States and $38.99 in Canada.
Legend Of Zelda fans and players are sure to be thrilled with the news of the Dark Horse edition of the The Hyrule Historia. No more staring at the pictures in a Japanese copy and wishing you understood the language. No more wasted hours searching the Internet hoping to find a few fuzzy, badly translated scans. Just 248 jam packed pages of everything you ever wanted to know about the Legend of Zelda in plain English. Be sure to check back with us here on Inquisitr.com for more news about the Hyrule Historia and all the latest news and information on your favorite games.