[Update: 1/15/18 – Original Guides Sold Out; New Guide Available For Pre-Order]:
If you’re looking for the Zelda: Breath of the Wild strategy guide, it can be a tough find. The guide is out of print at most locations. Luckily the publisher is creating a new version called the Expanded Edition. It will be a massive 512 pages and cover the main game as well as the two Expansion Pass DLC packs. You can pre-order it on Amazon right now for $39.99! It ships on February 13, 2018.
[Update: 2/17/17 – Guides at GameStop & Amazon]:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild guides have finally appeared on GameStop’s site. Right now they are taking pre-orders on the Standard Edition as well as the Collector’s Edition. They aren’t currently carrying the Deluxe Edition, but they will probably add that later as it gets closer to its new March 31 date. The other two guides arrive alongside the game on March 3, 2017.
We know many of our readers have expressed interest in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild strategy guides. We’ve been keeping you up to date on where to pre-order them. Up until now no retailer has taken pre-orders on the Deluxe Edition of the guide. Barnes & Noble has finally put it up for pre-order, but there are a few hitches.
First up, the price! Yikes! It’s listed at $79.99. Now, there is a possibility that this will get reduced, as books are often placed on sale. Still, it’s a bit insane when the guide costs more than the game, right? The other issue is that Barnes & Noble lists the guide as releasing on March 31, 2017. Now, this could totally be a placeholder date and it could still be coming out alongside the other s on March 3. Then again, maybe not. It’s something to consider before placing an order.
Keep in mind that Amazon generally has guides at a very reduced price prior to launch. For example, they currently have the Collector’s Edition 40% off and are selling it for $23.99 instead of the $49.99 MSRP. The Standard Edition is 39% off at $15.33 instead of $24.99.
But, back to this Deluxe Edition. What’s so great about it? Here’s the details:
DELUXE EDITION BONUS: Deluxe format of 11 ” x 15”, premium vintage hardcover, exclusive dedicated 16-page retrospective celebrating thirty years of Zelda games, a 16-page dedicated art section, and two ribbon bookmarks.
AT-A-GLANCE WALKTHROUGHS: Annotated maps and screenshots show you the way through every quest and dungeon.
TOTALLY COMPREHENSIVE: All side quests, all Shrines of Trials and all information about collectable items – each mapped out and ready for you to discover and complete! Also includes optional challenges, mini-games, unlockables, Easter eggs, and more.
PUZZLE MASTER: Every single puzzle and riddle unraveled with clear, visual solutions.
EXPERT COMBAT STRATEGY: Practical, reproducible tactics to crush your enemies, even the toughest bosses
COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE: Exhaustive appraisals of all items and monsters – including key parameters that are hidden in the game.
EXTRA LARGE MAP POSTER: Covering the entire game world.
QUALITY CONTROL: Carefully designed to avoid unnecessary story spoilers.
[Source: Barnes & Noble]