Warning Leave at once if you have yet to finish DR1!!!!!
If people are wondering what is Dangan Ronpa Zero? well here's some brief info on it put together by a fan:
First of all, what IS Dangan Ronpa Zero?
It’s a canon light-novel for the Dangan Ronpa series — It’s a prequel to the events in Dangan Ronpa 1 and Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
For starters, this basically means that it explains what happened in Hope’s Peak Academy and the why and how of ‘The World’s Most Despair Inducing Incident.’ and other events.
It have two complete volumes.
It is recommended reading DR0 before playing DR1?
No, it is not. Why? Because the entire plot of DR0 is a big spoiler for the events in DR1, and they made the novel in order to ‘tie the loose ends’ of the game and explain the motives about the Mutual Killing.
What about SDR2? I need to read/play it before DR0?
Regarding SDR2, it would be recommended to read DR0 BEFORE playing or reading SDR2, but is not necessary. That’s because in SDR2 they explain a lot of things that remains unknown in DR0, like the identity of someone in particular, and some other things.
You should follow the series in this way, it’s really recommendable.
Dangan Ronpa > Dangan Ronpa Zero > Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
There is currently a translated version of the light novel but I will not be posting the link here, you can either search for it yourself or if you kindly ask I can PM users the links.