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Japanese Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Pre-Order Includes A Spoon

"The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2023, and for good reason. The long-awaited follow-up to "Breath of the Wild" has already teased fans with new gameplay mechanics, a time-bending story, and enough bizarre trailer imagery to prompt all new fan theories. It's no wonder that folks are already snapping up preorders for the game, including a Collector's Edition that sold out faster than you could say "Hey, listen!" But while that special edition was packed to the gills with all sorts of interesting goodies, including a set of brooches and an book of concept art, another preorder bonus is causing fans to do a double-take for how bizarre it is.

As spotted by Wario64 in a post that quickly spread on Twitter like wildfire, preorders of the standard edition of the game in Japan come with... a spoon.

Yes, a spoon. As in, something to eat cereal with, presumably while you rewatch old episodes of the "Legend of Zelda" Saturday morning cartoon series. The spoon appears to be a regular piece of silverware, albeit one with the game's title and logo etched on the top. But seriously, it's just a spoon. A spoon that comes with a video game. Naturally, the internet is already having a field day with this discovery.

Zelda fans react to Tears of the Kingdom's special spoon

The replies to Wario64's post are full of a mix of astonishment, confusion, and amusement. The idea of including a branded spoon as a pre-order bonus really seemed to tickle fans in an unexpected way. Some people just want to know how Nintendo came to this decision, and it's a perfectly valid question. Did the company have a bunch of extra spoons in a warehouse somewhere? Was this simplistic bonus an attempt at keeping fans from getting too overhyped for preordersWhy a spoon?

The rest of the comments are full of people riffing on the idea of pairing a spoon with the game. One fan joked that the spoon is there because "Legend of Zelda" fans are going to feel well-fed when the game finally drops in a couple of months. Others mentioned their desire to spoon and be spooned. In one of the more creative responses, @thedealsdude joked that the Japanese Deluxe Edition comes with an even more practical (yet still silly) bonus item:

While North American retailers are definitely missing out on the spoon market, gamers worldwide will still be happy to return to Hyrule when "Tears of the Kingdom" launches on May 12.