If you’ve just stepped out of some week-long slumber, you may have missed the news that sadly, Robin Williams passed away last week. A petition has since gone up to have the actor immortalised as an NPC in the next Legend of Zelda game
One thing I never knew about him before his death, is that he was an avid gamer. In fact, his daughter’s name is Zelda, taken right from the well known Nintendo series itself. They have both worked on promoting the series in the past.
An Australian fellow called Nick Schaedel has put together a petition to have the actor immortalised in the series he loved, in some form or other. Signature wise, it currently sits at over 108 000. Schaedel included the following on the petition:
If Nintendo does do this, it would be an unexpected but wonderful outcome. If Nintendo takes some other action or even just posts a statement … that is also a wonderful outcome. If Nintendo doesn’t do anything, then this petition simply stands as a reflection of a lesser-known way that Mr Williams touched the lives of many people. That’s fine too.
Nintendo have actually noticed the petition, and have since commented (via Polygon)
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.
They haven’t necessary said no. I think it would be silly of them to not pay homage to the actor who not only played their games, but helped to promote it.
This sort of thing isn’t new. Gearbox for example included a NPC of Michael Mamaril in Borderlands 2. He was a cancer victim who loved the series dearly, and he received his own memorial as a living digital character who gives the Vault Hunter loot whenever he is found. I’m sure Nintendo can, and will (hopefully) do something just as awesome.