Nintendo responds to fan petition to include Robin Williams in a future Zelda title

Posted on August 16, 2014 - 4:40pm by Patrick Breeden

Editor's Note: There appears to be some confusion why fans would expect Nintendo to comply with this request, so I decided to shed additional light on the relationship between the Williams family and Nintendo. Nintendo reached out to Robin and Zelda Williams to advertise Legend of Zelda products when Ocarina of Time 3D was released.

Nintendo responded last night to a fan petition which asks the company to name a non-playable Legend of Zelda character “Robin” to honor the late Robin Williams.

The company didn’t openly commit to the petition’s request, but it did make an official statement concerning Williams.

“Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo,” a Nintendo spokesperson said. “Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've worked with multiple times. We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game. We will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time, but we will hold our memories of Robin close.”

Petition organizer Nick Shaedel started the petition on Aug. 11, the day of Williams’ death. He explained Williams’ addition in a future Legend of Zelda title made sense because Williams loved the series.

“Robin was an avid player of video games, with a love for all things Nintendo, and a particular love of all things Legend of Zelda,” Shaedel wrote. “It is well-known that he named his daughter after the series' titular princess. Nintendo of America itself only recently hired him and his daughter to promote the franchise in a series of ads.”

Shaedel explained adding Williams into the upcoming Legend of Zelda title for Wii U would allow the actor’s name to forever live on in a game he never got the chance to play.

“So, in a day where there aren't many words, what can we do?” he wrote. “Well, there's a new Zelda game on the horizon. A bold reinvention, a fresh new open world adventure for Wii U. I would like to suggest that when the game is localised to English, Nintendo of America and the Treehouse name one of the characters "Robin" in his memory. He won't get to play it, but he'll live on forever in a universe he always loved.”

Williams was an avid fan of video games and named his daughter Zelda Williams after Princess Zelda. His taste in games spanned from Half-Life to World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft fans also petitioned to include Robin Williams in WoW, but Blizzard Entertainment was much quicker to respond.

“@RobinWilliams Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world,” The official World of Warcraft Twitter account tweeted the day of his death. “We’ll see you in-game.”

Williams took his own life on Aug. 11 by asphyxiation, police say. The actor suffered from the early stages of Parkinson ’s disease – a diagnosis he kept private – and depression. He also suffered from drug and alcohol addiction throughout his career.

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