Nintendo Responds to Calls for a Robin Williams Tribute

Nintendo Responds to Calls for a Robin Williams Tribute

Since his passing last week, fans of Robin Williams have been calling on Nintendo to put some kind of tribute to the actor and comedian in the next Legend of Zelda game, and the series' publisher has offered a response.

"Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo. Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've worked with multiple times," reads a statement sent to Polygon by a Nintendo representative.

"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." 

Williams' love of gaming - and of Legend of Zelda in particular - is well known. He named his daughter after the titular Princess Zelda, and both of them appeared in an ad for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. Williams was also an avid World of Warcraft player, and Blizzard recently revealed plans to honour him in that game.

A petition on asking for a character in the next Legend of Zelda game to be named after Williams has collected over 100,000 signatures. The request is simple: "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."


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Comments Comments (2)

Posted by Ron
On Tuesday 19 Aug 2014 8:29 PM
Genuinely surprised no one commented on this article. Watched Good Will Hunting the other night, and forgot how great a character actor he was. He'll be sadly missed!
Posted by Gonzala
On Friday 29 Aug 2014 10:30 PM
It's a great idea to keep his memory alive... a great tribute indeed