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Nintendo responds to petition to name 'Zelda' character after Robin Williams

Robin Williams was known as an Oscar winning actor and a legendary comedian, but it turns out he had a lesser known talent: He was a mega video game player. In fact, he loved the video game The Legend of Zelda so much that he named his 25-year-old daughter after the game’s title character. Now, in the aftermath of Williams’ sudden death earlier this week, fans are hoping that the iconic video game franchise will name a character after the late actor.

WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Robin Williams and Zelda Williams pose at the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' 'World's Greatest Dad' at The Landmark Theater on August 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

On Saturday, video gaming website Polygon revealed that Nintendo has responded to a massive petition to include a character named after Robin Williams in an upcoming edition of the Legend of Zelda series.

In a response to Polygon's request for a comment on the petition (the quick moving petition netted more than 90,000 signatures in a matter of days), Nintendo made no promises about a character named Robin in a future game, but the video game company did express deep admiration for the beloved star and video game aficionado.

In a statement about the petition, a Nintendo spokesperson said, "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. 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."

The petition, which was spearheaded by a gamer named Nick Schaedel, requested that the company consider “naming an NPC in the new Legend of Zelda game after Robin Williams.”

In 2013 Nintendo announced that a new Zelda game would be released for the Wii U system sometime this year.

Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda Williams worked with Nintendo several times in the past, most notably in an adorable 2011 ad for the 3DS game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. You can see the commercial here

Incidentally, Zelda wasn’t the only video game name that Robin Williams was passionate about. The late actor’s 22-year-old son Cody reportedly got his name from the lead character in Capcom’s 1989 offering, Final Fight.

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