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