Dark Horse details how their partnership with Nintendo came about, talks Hyrule Historia sales, and confirms future collaborations

The following comes from a Nintendo Life interview with Dark Horse editor Patrick Thorpe...

NL: Nintendo and Dark Horse's collaboration is a relatively new partnership. It seems to have been an extremely successful one. Can you give us the insider story of how it all got started?

PT: A lot of it had to do with timing. I’ve been a huge Nintendo fan for my entire life and noticed that they were not doing much in the way of published materials. We had just recently had some success with video game related comics with Mass Effect, and, more importantly, art books. Samantha Robertson, a former Dark Horse editor who now works in Nintendo’s Treehouse division, had created an art book for the Art of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was this big, beautiful 9 x 12 coffee table book of really high quality that would become the template for our whole art book line.

We then did The Art of Alice: Madness Returns and had a book called The Art of the Mass Effect Universe book in the works. It was really obvious that we were on to something really fun and interesting. People really responded to these books. Calling them art books might be a bit of a misnomer because they all include behind the scenes information and development materials. They feature a lot of beautiful artwork, but they’re also 'making of' books.

So in 2011, I tracked down Nintendo’s booth at San Diego Comic Con and met Seth McMahill. We exchanged cards and he put me in contact with Cammy Budd who was Nintendo’s senior third-party marketing manager. She asked me what a partnership with Nintendo might look like. I knew that the 25th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda was coming up, so I pitched her on a book that would be a retrospective look at the whole series. Initially, she told me that she wasn’t sure that they’d have the resources available to support such an endeavor, which is totally reasonable, these are incredibly time intensive to make.

A month or so later, she contacted me again saying that she had talked to NCL and that they were in talks with another company, which I later learned was Shogakukan, who was developing a book very similar to that in Japan. They obviously weren’t going to do two books, but asked if we were interested in doing a localisation of that book. After bringing in Dark Horse's licensing guru Nick McWhorter, we worked out the details and were off and running. Hyrule Historia hit my desk shortly after that.

NL: How many copies of Hyrule Historia have been sold?

PT: I don’t know the exact number of how many copies Hyrule Historia has sold to date, but I believe it’s around 900,000 copies at this point.

NL: Finally, so far Dark Horse has published Zelda, Fire Emblem, Splatoon, and an upcoming Mario hardcover book. What can we expect in the future, and it's a special edition Metroid book, isn't it?

PT: Ha! I believe that I’m on the record somewhere stating that developing Metroid books would be the ultimate dream project for me, so I appreciate your enthusiasm on that front. As far as what is currently being developed? You can certainly expect more from the Dark Horse/Nintendo partnership. As for what? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Multiple Nintendo titles nominated for 2018 Teen Choice Awards' Game of the Year

The Teen Choice Awards just put out their list of nominees for 2018, including picks for the best game. The nominees include a bunch of Nintendo titles, as well as titles on Nintendo platforms. Check out the full list below.

Choice Videogame (#ChoiceVideogame)

- Fire Emblem Heroes
- Fortnite
- Overwatch
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Super Mario Odyssey
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

ThinkGeek selling Zelda Breath of the Wild Sleep Set

For us, Breath of the Wild was an instant classic. Riding around the various landscapes of Hyrule on your trusty steed while you uncover every shrine and Korok the game has to offer. And, oh boy, does it offer a lot. So much, in fact, that we think instead of rescuing the princess right away, we're going to explore this one last shrine and then take a little nap.

Nap BotW-style in this Zelda Breath of the Wild Sleep Set, a ThinkGeek exclusive. This super-comfy pair consists of a ringer tee in a blue BotW Link costume design and a pair of matching sleep shorts. Perfect for gaming or sleeping.

Product Specifications

Zelda Breath of the Wild Sleep Set
Officially-licensed Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild merchandise
A ThinkGeek exclusive
A ringer tee with a Link's blue BotW tunic on the front
A pair of sleep shorts with 1 1/2" tall elastic waist with a Legend of Zelda logo design
Materials: 60% cotton / 40% polyester
Care Instructions: Machine wash cold. Tumble dry low.

Grab yours here

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia shows that the original game took place entirely on Death Mountain

I'm sure some of you figured this to be the case, but now the info is confirmed by The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia. As you can see, we learn that the entire first game takes place on Death Mountain. I'm always super impressed with just how much thought Nintendo puts into their franchises, and this right here is a prime example.

Smash Bros. Ultimate - blog update for June 21st, 2018

Today's Fighter - #03: Link

Link has been redesigned to match his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He can now pick up arrows he's fired, and his bombs have been upgraded to remote bombs, so you can set them off when the timing is just right!

IGN Video - Zelda: Breath of the Wild Travelers Bow and Arrow Replica Unboxing

Check out this awesome life-size replica of the Travelers Bow and Ancient Arrow from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild from ThinkGeek!

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia: Deluxe Edition - Video feature

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.

Fan-Art: 3D-printed Zelda: Breath of the Wild shrine


Okay, I need to get myself a 3D printer. There are SO many things I'd love to create! This would definitely be one of them. Wouldn't it be cool to print an even bigger one that could be used as a pet bed?! Put some pillows in it and let your cat snuggle up!

Nintendo says Legend of Zelda and Pokemon games overperform in Canada

Looks like Canadian gamers can't get enough of the Legend of Zelda or Pokemon franchises. According to an interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, Canada has a real affinity for two of Nintendo's biggest brands.

“The Canadian audience is the very tip of the mountaintop when it comes to Zelda games. There are certain franchises that overperform in the Canadian market. Legend of Zelda is one. I can’t tell you why but the Canadian consumer loves it. Every single game in the series has done better with the Canadian audience than the U.S. audience, and the U.S. audience does better than Europe or Japan. Another phenomenon, and this is a recent trend, over the last 10 years is Pokémon. Pokémon games do exceptionally well (in Canada).”

GameSpot Video - Playing Breath of the Wild Blind-Folded

At E3 2018, Chastity joins Peter and Rob on their journey to play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild... blind-folded.