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Just how big of a hit was ‘Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia’?

legend of zeldaWe already knew Dark Horse’s video game art book The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia was a pretty big deal. After all, it debuted in late January at the top of the Nielsen BookScan, Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists, making it clearly the No. 1 book in America that week. In addition, the publisher announced an initial 400,000-copy print run for the $34.99 hardcover.

But more than 10 months later, after all of the early buzz subsided, how did things shake out? Amazon.com gives us a bit of an idea with its rundown of its 100 bestselling adult print books of the year: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia comes in at No. 6, ahead of anything by the likes of Stephen King, John Grisham, Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) and the Duck Dynasty cast.

Of course, there are no actual sales numbers, but it certainly provides a bit of context for Hyrule Historia‘s success; it charts behind such high profile books as Dan Brown’s Inferno, Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus and Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed. (And who knew conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer had the kind of following to come in at No. 5?)

Featuring an introduction by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia collects historical information about the hit franchise, never-before-seen concept art, a chronology and more.

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It was all for that timeline. That dreaded timeline. Which I actually like, but I seem to be the only one that does.

By the way, imagine how much money Bill O’Reilly could make if he wrote a book called Killing Zelda.

I love my copy, I got it right away when I heard its release. I believe they should do a similar book about Mario, with concept art and the history behind the character. It too would sell like crazy.

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