Dark Horse Reveals The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition's retro cartridge cover steals the show.

Dark Horse has released further details regarding their previously announced publication of The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia. 

The standard edition of The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia includes 320 pages of content devoted to the development and lore of the Legend of Zelda franchise. While the book stops at Twilight Princess HD (meaning there’s no Breath of the Wild information), the guide will contain a variety of information on the series up until that point. That includes details regarding enemies, weapons, items, potions, and more that have either never been previously released or has not been made readily available via a single source. 

This guide also promises to expand upon some of the series lore first explored via the 2013 release of “Hyrule Historia.” That information is expected to include maps, character details, and concept art related to the greater mythology of the Zelda universe. Indeed, Dark Horse described this Encyclopedia as a companion piece to their previously released Zelda publications, “Hyrule Historia” and “Art & Artifacts.” The three published works combined are referred to as the Goddess Collection Trilogy. 

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Dark Horse also revealed the Deluxe Edition of The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia which has been designed to resemble the infamous gold cartridge edition of The Legend of Zelda. The illusion is achieved via a gold foil paper cover and gloss lamination. It even comes with a black polypropylene sleeve designed to ensure that the Encyclopedia triggers nostalgic memories of your NES game shelf. 

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Otherwise, it doesn’t appear that the Deluxe Edition of the book contains any content not included in the basic version of the Encyclopedia. 

Both versions of The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia will go on sale starting on April 24, 2018. The base version of the book – which sports a pretty sweet golden triforce cover – will retail for $23.99, while the Deluxe Edition sells for $79.99. That’s a pretty significant price jump, but it’s hard to deny the Deluxe Edition looks pretty incredible. 

If Dark Horse’s other Zelda books are any indication, we’d say that fans should feel pretty confident that this Encylopedia will be an exceptional companion piece to one of gaming’s greatest series. 

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