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Prima Games
Prima Logo.png
IndustryVideo game strategy guides
Established1990
Defunct2019
Zelda-related Product(s)The Legend of Zelda Official Game Guides
ParentPenguin Random House
Websiteprimagames.com

Prima Games was a publisher of officially licensed strategy guides established in 1990.[1] It was selected by Nintendo to provide the official strategy guides for their games, including The Legend of Zelda series (as of Phantom Hourglass), after Nintendo Power ceased publication in 2012. In 2013, they joined forces with BradyGames, another publisher which also released several The Legend of Zelda strategy guides.[2] In Spring 2019, Prima Games was discontinued following a "decline in the video game guide sector".[3]

The Legend of Zelda Official Guides

In addition to their standard Premiere Edition guides and eGuides, Prima released Collector's Editions for all The Legend of Zelda games starting with Twilight Princess. These guides feature hardcovers, gilded pages, and bonus items such as maps, bookmarks, and lithographs.[4]

On November 26, 2013, Prima released a limited edition box set celebrating the legacy of the series. It included six Collector's Edition guides spanning all The Legend of Zelda releases from Twilight Princess to The Wind Waker HD, along with a Treasure Chest bookholder, a gilded two-sided bookmark, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Eiji Aonuma.[5] This was the only time Prima released an Ocarina of Time 3D Collector's Edition guide as an exclusive this box set.[6] It also included a revised and expanded Skyward Sword guide with over 100 pages of new content,[7] and an updated version of the Twilight Princess guide. The box set was limited to 50,000 copies.[8]

Premiere Editions

The Legend of Zelda Box Set

Collector's Editions

  • Twilight Princess (Wii version; includes cloth world map)
  • Phantom Hourglass (includes bookmark, story booklet, and a double-sided poster)
  • Spirit Tracks (includes parchment world map)
  • Skyward Sword (includes cloth surface world map)
  • The Wind Waker HD (includes cloth sea chart)
  • A Link Between Worlds (includes framed lithograph)
  • Hyrule Warriors
  • The Legend of Zelda box set: (includes chest bookholder, gilded bookmark, and certificate of authenticity)
    • Twilight Princess
    • Phantom Hourglass
    • Spirit Tracks
    • Ocarina of Time 3D
    • Skyward Sword
    • The Wind Waker HD
  • Majora's Mask 3D (includes character clings)
  • Tri Force Heroes (includes screen cleaner)
  • Twilight Princess HD (includes cloth world map)
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends

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Premiere Editions

Collector's Editions

External Links

References

  1. "We've been the leading publisher of officially licensed strategy guides since 1990."About Us, Prima Games, retrieved September 15, 2015.
  2. "In 2013, we joined forces with BradyGames (also owned by Penguin Random House LLC) to become the premiere provider of official, expert strategy content, with the largest catalog and the most games covered."About Us, Prima Games, retrieved September 15, 2015.
  3. "DK announced the "extremely difficult decision" that they will no longer commission new Prima Games strategy guides following a "significant decline" in the video game guide sector, and the US-based imprint will be discontinued in Spring 2019 after 28 years of publication." — Erin Somers, People, Etc.: DK to Close Prima Games, Publishers Lunch, published November 8, 2018, retrieved November 10, 2018.
  4. "Our collector's editions contain exclusive extras such as pull-out maps, downloadable content, lavish art sections, lithographs, or even in-game DLC."About Us, Prima Games, retrieved September 15, 2015.
  5. "The Legend of Zelda Box Set: Prima Official Game Guide comes with six official Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition Guides – spanning from Ocarina of Time 3D through Skyward Sword – along with a custom treasure chest book holder, fashioned like a treasure chest in the game. You'll also get a 2.5 X 7.5 gold two-sided bookmark as well as a certificate of authenticity, signed by Eiji Aonuma." — Robert Workman, The Legend of Zelda Official Game Guide Box Set Coming This November, Prima Games, published July 17, 2013.
  6. "Plus, for the first time ever, The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time 3D guide is available in hard cover and exclusive to this box set! This limited edition set will only be printed once and the number available will be set in stone very soon."The Legend of Zelda Box Set is Available, Pre-Order Before it is gone!, Prima Games, published July 16, 2013.
  7. "The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword guide has been revised and expanded by over 100 pages"Amazon Lightning Deal: Get $100 Off The Zelda Box Set, Prima Games, published July 23, 2014, retrieved September 15, 2015.
  8. "This is limited to 50,000 units." — Nintendo Life, Prima Games Legend of Zelda Strategy Guide Box Set Unboxing, YouTube (Video), published November 26, 2013, retrieved September 15, 2015.