Petition Urges Nintendo To Include Robin Williams in Next 'Legend of Zelda' Game

August 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo has responded to a petition calling on the company to add Robin Williams as a character in the next Legend of Zelda game. Williams and his daughter Zelda were big fans of the game series and have in the past appeared in Nintendo commercials supporting the franchise and other Nintendo games. Williams was an avid gamer and a big fan of Nintendo's series. His daughter is named after the world famous princess from the game as well.

While Nintendo has expressed its gratitude to Williams for his support and offered its condolences to the Williams family, the company said that it could not discuss future plans related to the next game in the series.

"Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo," the company said in a statement. "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," said the company in a statement.

"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."

Earlier this month another petition urged Blizzard Entertainment to add Robin Williams as an NPC at the World's End Tavern in World of Warcraft because the comedian and actor was a huge fan of the game and an avid player when he was still alive. Blizzard said that it "was working on it" when asked about the petition last week.


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Re: Petition Urges Nintendo To Include Robin Williams in ...

To be honest, this isn't too surprising.

What people seem to be forgetting is that the developers at Nintendo are not English natives. They are Japanese.

The people who pulled together the commercials with Robin Williams and his daughter would have been Nintendo America, not Nintendo Japan, and that distinction is incredible. The passion and support for the Williams family is not likely to be understood in Japan, if it's even known about.

I'm sure there's plenty of people over there who know who he is and what he's done and are sad at his loss, but would we really do the same if Japan advertised an American product with local talent? Would we even know about it? Probably not.

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On the other hand, I was linked to a Twitter post by an ISIS militant who was mourning the death of Robin Williams because said militant liked the Jumanji movie when he was a kid. So there being an sufficiently high cross-cultural appeal to warrant a cameo is not entirely implausible.

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Call him wrinkle and make him Tinkles older more canfinated less fabulous brother.


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Well, we know Nintendo isn't above using pop culture references in Zelda games *coughLinkBetweenWorldscough*.

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that just means the localization team may slip a reference or add him to the credits under Special Thanks in the English version of the next game as a tribute

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