A fan-created petition started in lieu of the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has gained the support of over 103 thousand others and the attention of Nintendo. The petition on Change.org urges Nintendo of America to name a non-playable character (NPC) in the next “Legend of Zelda” game “Robin” in Williams’ memory.
The response came early Saturday morning when a Nintendo spokesperson issued a statement to gaming news site, Polygon “Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo,” the statement reads, “Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we’ve worked with multiple times.”
The petition is founded on the idea that Williams was an avid gamer himself, a fact made apparent by his daughter’s namesake, the titular princess of the franchise. The two have indeed worked with Nintendo in the past to promote the game with a series of ads – seen here to support the release of “The Ocarina of Time 3D” for Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo’s statement continues, “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.”
Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo.
It is clear the industry veteran, like much of the world, is mourning the passing of Mr. Williams. However, Nintendo either does not want to make an empty promise to honor his memory in the next installment of the franchise, or they do not wish to publicly acknowledge any future tribute and risk appearing to be capitalizing on his passing.
A new “Legend of Zelda” title was announced for Wii U in 2013, and fans recently got a cinematic trailer to hold them over until its release next year. A similar request to tribute Williams in “World of Warcraft” is being considered by its developers, Blizzard.