Not everything in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is super-serious and story-oriented. In fact, some of the stuff located in the game is designed for pure fun, so much so that the production team added in something as ridiculous as golden poop as a big prize in the game.
Speaking with IGN at this past year's Game Awards show in Los Angeles, California, game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi explained how and why the team came up with the unique golden poop prize after players completed the gargantuan task of acquiring nine hundred Korok seeds, as part of Hestu's Gift, saying...
We just kind of thought it would be funny to make that a big joke. It's just the backstory, the kind of hidden kind of thing in the game the whole way is that the Korok seeds are actually Korok poop.
Yes, after searching through the entirety of Hyrule for all of the Korok seeds, players are rewarded with golden Korok poop.
I'm sure some people are probably a little let down at the fact that after spending hours, upon hours, upon hours of finding the seeds only results in acquiring a golden pile of poop. Nevertheless, this was the joke that Fujibayashi and the crew wanted to add something fun to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
The response from Fujibayashi didn't entirely sit too well with some gamers, as gamers realized that even though 400 Korok seeds expanded the inventory, the reality is that the other 500 seeds didn't seem to be all that useful other than for collecting them just for the sake of collecting them.
Some gamers compared the entire sidequest to nothing more than a satiation for OCD, given that it's just another small thing in the grander scheme of the game's larger map to collect. The seeds don't serve much of a greater purpose in the overall scheme of things but they're popular nonetheless for people who are completionists.
The Korok seeds are just one of the many different items players can collect throughout The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but maybe in the next Legend of Zelda game that Eiji Aonuma and the rest of the crew are currently working on we'll see a more purposeful application to the seeds other than just for extending the inventory or being one of many items to collect for the sake of collect them.
Even still, it's hilarious that one of the more important items in the game that allows you to extend your inventory, but the item in question is nothing more than poop.
But then again, what would one expect from a game where you can physically blast a giant boulder to the top of a castle, glide nearly all the way across the map, or defeat a boss by dropping a pile of bananas on the ground? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is filled with all sorts of kooky quirks, and this reveal about the Korok seeds is just another in a long line of them.