The release day for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was supposed to be a happy one, but that joy has been shattered now that I - and other fans - have discovered that you can't pet the dog in the Breath of the Wild sequel.
As highlighted by the best account on Twitter, @CanYouPetTheDog, you actually can't pet the dog in Tears of the Kingdom. I can't say I'm too surprised really, as the answer was the same in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it's still heartbreaking to hear.
To make it even worse, Can You Pet The Dog shared a gif of Link standing next to a dog, and the four-legged friend is practically begging for a belly rub. I can't.
You cannot pet the dog in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom pic.twitter.com/dAxQCnKF5XMay 12, 2023
Since it's become pretty much expected to pet the animals in games these days - everything from The Last of Us, Destiny 2, and The Witcher 3 featured some kind of pettable pet - Zelda fans are not happy with Nintendo, to say the least.
"Refunding the game. I can't believe this, I'm literally crying and shaking rn," one player said on Twitter. "How on earth did it get such good reviews then?" another asked. "I demand a dog petting patch, Nintendo," another fan ordered, and my personal favorite: "And Ganondorf is supposed to be the bad guy?"
If you put the dog debate to the side, Tears of Kingdom is actually a pretty good game. Don't just take our The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom review for it though, as the game's incredibly high Metacritic score also makes it an instant GOTY contender.
About to jump back into Hyrule? Take a look at our Zelda Tears of the Kingdom tips before you get started.