Michael Cavacini

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The Legend Of Zelda Encyclopedia: Deluxe Edition

Dark Horse is back with another epic tome paying tribute to The Legend of Zelda, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia: Deluxe Edition honors the game that started it all by recreating the original gold cartridge as faithfully as possible. The book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside.

The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. The details are embossed and debossed. It has gold gilding on the top and foredge, with black gilding on the bottom.

This book is a comprehensive collection of anything and everything from the Zelda universe, including enemies, items, potions, poes, and an expansion of the lore touched upon in Hyrule Historia. You will also find concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma. This, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia: Deluxe Edition is a great book for fans of the series. The only drawback is that there is no information contained within about Breath of the Wild. The reasoning for this is because Dark Horse is releasing a book about that game in the fall. That said, I’m sure fans would still have appreciated having some information about that landmark game in this book to make it truly complete. Nevertheless, if you’re a Nintendo fan or simply can’t get enough of The Legend of Zelda in your life, “Take this” because “It’s dangerous to go alone!”

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