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The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia a Global Bestseller

Earlier this year, upon the signing of the new sales and distribution deal between Random House Publisher Services and Dark Horse Comics, I speculated on the publisher’s recent successes, and how their deft hand with video game adaptations is, in part, responsible for their good fortune.  Now, there are numbers to prove it, and they’re staggering.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia has landed on the top ten list of 2013’s best-selling books, globally.  Additionally, it reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists, and currently stands at the top of the Nielsen BookScan charts and is thus the #1 book in America.  Dark Horse’s record print run is only growing with prolific sales in the UK, China, Italy, Spain, and Canada.

 

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Mike Richardson, Dark Horse’s president and publisher, knew the book would be a hit.  “But no one could have predicted the unprecedented success and acclaim this book has received.  Hyrule Historia has earned a place in the Dark Horse history books,” Richardson was quoted saying.

The book itself is a comprehensive history of The Legend of Zelda universe, which has never before been laid out in such detail.  The actual timeline of the famed video game series has long been debated—a debate that can now be put to rest.   It also includes an introduction by Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary creator of Donkey Kong, Mario, and The Legend of Zelda.

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