The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched last week to stellar reviews from critics. Fans continue to praise the game, now that they have their hands on the Switch and it — but some players are lodging a complaint so major, it threatens to ruin the whole experience.
The issue concerns dogs, which Breath of the Wild has in spades. Upon discovering that Link can feed the adorable canines living in this game’s version of Hyrule, many players were ecstatic.
THERES A HUGE FRIENDLY DOG IN BREATH OF THE WILD AND NOW IM CRYING— breath of the bitch (@brochizou) March 4, 2017
A DOG STARTED FOLLOWING ME IN BREATH OF THE WILD PLEASE GIVE THIS GAME GOTY— void ✨ (@meteoreffects) March 5, 2017
It's a dog at a horse stable in Breath of the Wild. There must be a cat somewhere in this world then... pic.twitter.com/hUa4mLcCeR— [Place Holder] (@BeardedField) March 5, 2017
Every time I see a dog in Breath of the Wild pic.twitter.com/Qm8thWizfX— Stacy (@spellbunny) March 7, 2017
Once a dog is well taken care of, it may even use its developed sense of smell to lead Link to secret treasures. This little interaction elevates a cute feature to a useful one. For dog lovers and Breath of the Wild players, it’s one of the game’s most charming features — and proof that it’s a masterpiece of the genre.
breath of the wild review: i saw a dog chase its tail and catch it in game 10/10— Lori-James RUBY_98 (@GidgetNomates) March 4, 2017
The dog in Breath of the Wild is the best thing in the game, hands down, I don't care what anyone says. He just is.— `≈≈≈≈/°°¬ (@microdile) March 5, 2017
But the flip side is that feeding good pups is as much contact as Link gets with them. There’s no way to pet these friendly puppers that parade around Hyrule. It’s a heartbreaking oversight on Nintendo’s part, according to some vocal Twitter users. So heartbreaking, in fact, that it turns a perfect 10 of a game into a straight loser.
WHY IS THERE NO OPTION TO PET THIS GOOD DOG!!!— MECH-N (@aLittleOrcish) March 5, 2017
Breath of the Wild 0/10, terrible game, not worth it pic.twitter.com/IeyH6qZu2w
Major point loss for Breath of the Wild— JoJo (@JolanJoestar) March 6, 2017
I walked up to a dog and I didnt get a button prompt to pet it
Breath of the wild critique: there's a dog and you CAN'T PET IT??— Sara (@spookystitch) March 6, 2017
Breath of the Wild sucks!!— emmy (@astral_clefairy) March 4, 2017
U wanna know why??
Won't let me interact with dog.
Breath of the wild has a dog, you can't pet the dog. 0/10 absolute travesty. SAD!— significant ott, LPN (@MoanaMole) March 3, 2017
@NintendoAmerica PLEASE PATCH IN DOG PETTING INTO BREATH OF THE WILD— MITCH OF THE WILD (@Kalekemo) March 5, 2017
Who knows — maybe Nintendo will heed user Kalekemo’s advice and patch this in with Breath of the Wild’s upcoming downloadable content packs. More likely, though, is that we’ll have to wait until the next Zelda game to maybe get in some heavy petting.