I absolutely love The Legend of Zelda. It’s my all time favourite video game so obviously I had to write about it at some point. Since Autumn and Winter are the perfect time for video games, I thought why not just do it now? I have a bunch of Zelda books that I’ll be talking about today, and I really hope you’ll enjoy it even if you’re not into video games!
The Legend of Zelda
So, what is The Legend of Zelda? Well, it’s a high fantasy, action-adventure* video game published by Nintendo.** The games are super adventurous! Pretty much all games have about the same storyline: Link (the character you play as), is the Chosen One/Hero, who has to save Princess Zelda from the evil Ganondorf. Obviously, there’s much more to it than that! It might seem boring to “always have the same story” but that’s not true! They have a sort of template, but they’re always very different. You have to defeat enemies, solve puzzles and, of course, save the princess and anyone in Hyrule*** who needs help.
*According to Wikipedia, I know nothing of game genres, whehe!
** We all know our red hatted friend Mario, right?
*** The world of the Legend of Zelda!
I could talk about these games aaaaalll day long, but let’s get on with the books, shall we?
My first ever Zelda book was Hyrule Historia. It’s huge and green
my favourite colour and it has beautiful gold foil! The Legend of Zelda series consists of quite a big number of games. It all started with ‘The Legend of Zelda’ in 1986 in Japan and the latest instalment is Breath of the Wild, which came out in May 2017. I haven’t played them all, though!* The series has two orders: publication and the chronological story of Hyrule. The publication order is easily found online, but there are/were dozens of theories about the chronological order of all the games. The creators/Nintendo have created the “official” timeline, which is published in this book. If you’re just a casual gamer, I can see that this wouldn’t be of much interest, but as a Zelda lover this book was pretty much essential to me.
*Not even half. I’ve only actually finished two so far.
Hyrule Historia doesn’t only cover the history, though! It also has lots and lots of artwork from almost every Zelda game ever published. Mostly it’s from Skyward Sword, which is considered “the start” of everything. Hyrule Historia also released around the time Skyward Sword came out, so it makes sense! Other than that, it also features a game catalogue and an exclusive comic/manga from the creators of the manga series, but more on that later!
Breath of the Wild Official Game Guide
When I preordered my Nintendo Switch and the latest Zelda game at the beginning of this year, I ordered lots of Zelda stuff with it, including the collectors edition guide/walkthrough book! It’s a bit similar to Hyrule Hystoria, as it’s a big hardcover with gorgeous art! I used to play previous Zelda games with free and online walkthroughs but let’s be honest here, nothing beats a book. And it’s true! I’m a terrible gamer and this book made it SO MUCH easier to play the game! It literally just tells you step by step where to go and what to do, while still giving you the freedom to explore for yourself or try it yourself first before you open the book. And the collectors edition has a massive poster with a map of the world! It’s honestly my all time favourite book ever.
Sorry, Sarah J. Maas and V.E. Schwab…
Guide books are super useful in a game like Breath of the Wild, as it’s a massive open world unlike any other Zelda game. Usually, there’s only one order to do things in. Like 1, 2, 3, etc. In BotW, you can actually do 2, 1, 3, etc. if you want! Which is crazy because I suck at the “regular” games. Oh boy… Anyway, the guide book I have is much more than just a walkthrough. It has explanation on the controls
because there are just so many buttons and combinations on a Switch joy-con/controller! and the basics of the game, like the on-screen display like the mini map, temperature of the area, time of day, etc. It also explains navigation, like jumping, swimming and climbing. There’s info on landmarks, horses, combat and sooooo much more. After the walkthrough, there’s a part on solving puzzles thank goodness! and even an inventory with all the materials, food and weapons you can find in the game. Basically, you can find nearly everything the game has to offer. It’s incredible.
The first graphic novel I ever picked up, was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time pt. 1. There’s a ten part manga series which cover the story of quite a few of the games.
Eight, to be precise. Two of the games are spit into two mangas. Even if you don’t like video games, I really recommend picking this up! I love the mangas because I sometimes take years finishing a Zelda game and I’ve usually forgotten the beginning by the time I get to the end. The art by Akira Himekawa* is so beautiful and stays true to the video games as well.
*I just have to mention that Akira Himekawa is not one but two people! And they’re woman!
I’ve only read three so far, and I absolutely loved them! I recently discovered there’s a different edition that I like much better, so I’m switching to those! They’re actually bundles of two mangas, so it’s just five books instead of ten, and I can’t wait to start collecting them. There’s also a different manga series by Akira Himekawa about Twilight Princess. It’s divided into four parts and I’m just so happy because it’s probably my all time favourite instalment in the series, after Breath of The Wild.
Do you own any video game books or graphic novels? Should I write about The Legend of Zelda some more?! I absolutely loved writing this post and I hope you enjoyed reading it!