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The age-old debate of what constitutes a spoiler rages on as Nintendo reveals the latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In the game's latest piece of promotional footage, there's a brief glimpse of something that has gotten some folks all fired up.
Obviously, if you haven't taken the hint at this point, there might be something in this latest trailer for Breath of the Wild that you might feasibly call a spoiler. Those of us who disagree can enjoy a good eye roll in just a moment but, for the time being, consider yourselves thoroughly warned.
If I'm being totally honest, I was a little hesitant when I was assigned this story for coverage. I can be pretty particular about spoilers, especially when it comes to a game that I really, really want to play. Still, there was a job to do so, with much worry clinging to my nerdy heart, I hit the play button and prepared for the worst.
When all was said and done and the full one minute of footage had unrolled in front of me, I was genuinely confused by what all of the commotion was about. I had to turn to Polygon to see what was so spoilertastic about the trailer, as I was having trouble figuring it out for myself.
Apparently, the confusion lies in my own definition for what does and does not constitute a spoiler. For the briefest of moments, you see Link running alongside a dragon in that trailer. It's one of a whole boatload of cool moments peppered throughout, but nothing about it really made me feel like the game was being ruined for me.
This trailer only ran in Japan for a day, accompanied by a tweet from Nintendo pointing to "something familiar" being in the footage. Said tweet was paired with an image of Link and the dragon, which made quite a few people go off the deep end. Dragons have popped up in Zelda games from time to time, but it's been a while. People are now upset that they know beforehand that they will make an appearance in Breath of the Wild. Nobody seemed to bat an eye at the other creatures and races on display in this and previous trailers, but apparently dragons are where everybody draws the line.
To be fair, some folks following the Nintendo Twitter feed were possibly on media blackout when it comes to Breath of the Wild, actively avoiding trailers, screenshots and the like. But, if that's the case, maybe they shouldn't follow the game's publisher on social media and expect them to not, you know, promote their own game. It's not like they spoiled the fact that Link dies halfway through, leaving you to battle Gannon and his minions as an enraged Princess Zelda. You can test the validity of that claim when Breath of the Wild launches alongside the Switch on March 3.