The entertainment industry was struck hard with the news of Robin Williams’ alleged suicide on August 11. Williams was known for so many memorable roles throughout the past few decades that shaped hundreds of childhood memories. Many with a love of video games joined the grieving. Williams’ daughter Zelda was named after the beloved princess of Hyrule and he was a known fan of the franchise, appearing in several commercials promoting the rerelease of Ocarina of Time for the 3DS.
Admirers of both Williams and the Legend of Zelda franchise took to petition website Change.org to ask Nintendo to eternally commemorate a man loved by many in something that was dear to his heart. The petition reads; “Dear Nintendo of America, please consider naming an NPC in the new Legend of Zelda game after Robin Williams. It was a series he loved, and it’s a small tribute to a great man.” The news of the fans’ request spread like wildfire over social media and as of today, it has over 100,000 signatures.
“It was a series he loved, and it’s a small tribute to a great man.”
Over the weekend, Nintendo finally responded via a spokesperson, stating “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.” Nintendo also extended its thoughts and well wishes to Zelda, who had worked with the company several times in various promotions and the rest of the Williams family.
Nintendo is set to extend its Legend of Zelda franchise with a new flagship title exclusive to the Wii U in the upcoming year, as well as the highly anticipated Hyrule Warriors, set to be released September 26. Whether Robin Williams will be included in the development for the Wii U title is unknown, but it would be a kind and grand gesture for someone who was adored by many and left us all too soon.