The 29th of January. To the average person, this would just be just another gloomy winter day, but for me, and of course, every Legend of Zelda fan out there, it was so much more. Hyrule Historia had finally been released in Europe.
That morning, I waited hoping that our postman, Barry, would deliver this ever so valuable parcel. Sure enough, just past Noon, I checked the door and the glorious package was nestled between all that unimportant stuff such as energy bills and bank statements.
In a fashion not unlike the infamous N64 Kid, I rabidly ripped open the packaging and yelled manically as I was greeted by the gold emblazoned words: Hyrule Historia. Oh lord, words cannot describe its majesty.
For many of you, it needs no introduction, but for the unenlightened, Hyrule Historia is what Zelda fans have been hoping, nay, begging for. It is an official encyclopaedia of the series, containing many intricate and previously unseen details of the Zelda universe we all know and love. I've had a good read through it and picked out some great bits and pieces to share with you - the facts that I personally thought were particularly cool.
Be warned, there are spoilers of game stories and, obviously, the content of the book itself.
1. Navi in Twilight Princess?Early designs for Ilia, Link's sort of love interest in Twilight Princess, showed that she had a marking or tattoo on her head shaped like a fairy from Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask.
Annotations suggest it was depicting none other than Navi, Link's companion throughout Ocarina of Time who went missing after his adventure. Could it have been Ilia was originally an incarnation of Navi, a la Fi and the Master Sword? Navi does appear in the Wii version of Twilight Princess, but only as an icon and plays no part in the story.