Nintendo Responds to “Zelda” Fan Petition to Name a Character After Robin Williams petition already has over 100,000 signatures

This past week saw the unfortunate death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams, and fans of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series want to pay back Williams’ fondness of the franchise. Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda, and fans would love to see something similar done in the series' universe, so they kicked off a petition to name a non-playable character Robin in the next Zelda game.


Here’s an excerpt from the petition, which has over 100,000 signatures:


So, in a day where there aren't many words, what can we do? Well, there's a new Zelda game on the horizon. A bold reinvention, a fresh new open world adventure for Wii U. I would like to suggest that when the game is localised to English, Nintendo of America and the Treehouse name one of the characters "Robin" in his memory.


He won't get to play it, but he'll live on forever in a universe he always loved.


Nintendo responded to Polygon’s request for comment with the following statement:


"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."


While Nintendo didn’t make any commitment on the matter, they’ve worked with both Robin and Zelda Williams to promote The Legend of Zelda games in the past.




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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