Petition Circulating to Name Legend of Zelda NPC After Robin Williams

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Petition Circulating to Name Legend of Zelda NPC After Robin Williams

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The petition, on Change.org, is at just under 70,000 signatures as of this writing, with its end goal to see late actor and video game fan Robin Williams immortalized in one of his favorite series.

There has been an outpouring of grief following the tragic suicide of Robin Williams earlier this week, and many people have been seeking ways to memorialize the beloved comic and actor. One that's currently getting a lot of traction around the internet is a petition to name an NPC after Williams in an upcoming Legend of Zelda game, a series that was very dear to the actor.

The petition, currently at just under 70,000 signatures on Change.org, was started by Nick Schaedel of Adelaide, Australia, and is directed to Nintendo of America. Schaedel writes:

Robin was an avid player of video games, with a love for all things Nintendo, and a particular love of all things Legend of Zelda. It is well-known that he named his daughter after the series' titular princess. Nintendo of America itself only recently hired him and his daughter to promote the franchise in a series of ads.

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.

The petition is a sincere and heartfelt gesture, but it should be noted that signing it doesn't guarantee Nintendo will take any action. Still, as Schaedel wrote, Williams and his daughter did star in a series of Nintendo commercials, so its not outside the realm of possibility for the company to honor Williams in this way if enough fans prove interested. And given that there's already a similar petition to include Williams in World of Warcraft, we just might see him pop up to help Link in an upcoming quest.

You can sign the petition at the link below. Williams' death has been dominating headlines recently, and our own site has been no different. Williams' wife recently revealed that her husband was suffering from Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death, and Zelda Williams herself has unfortunately been forced off Twitter as a result of soulless internet trolls.

Source: Change.org via Paranerds.com

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Golly, I look forward to people saying that any potential positive feedback from Nintendo concerning this is just shilling and marketing, how horrible they are.

But seriously, while I haven't seen a lot of his stuff Robin Williams was an incredibly funny comedian and obviously had a massive impact on... many modern things, let's say. If companies feel comfortable creating a tribute to him, all power to them, if anybody earned it it was him.

Yeah, I think I'll sign it. If he loved the games so much, it seems only fair for them to remember him somehow...

Honestly what's to stop them from doing so? They don't need to go all out and make a side quest or unique character model or anything. All they would have to do is take a NPC rename him and maybe even put in a little flavor text and call it a day.

I loved Robin Williams, so I am all for this. But I hope that people don't get all up in arms if Nintendo refuses to do so for whatever reason. But if they're willing to name a pink blob after a lawyer that won them millions, then why not?

That would be a nice way to remember him, provided his family is okay with it.

I remember seeing Addion saying to make him the next iteration of the King of Hyrule, and I say go for that. Hell, add it in as a DLC character for Hyrule Warriors and I'll buy that day one.

Mahorfeus:
I loved Robin Williams, so I am all for this. But I hope that people don't get all up in arms if Nintendo refuses to do so for whatever reason. But if they're willing to name a pink blob after a lawyer that won them millions, then why not?

or WORSE; they turn him into Tingle! Believe it or not I think Robin Williams is the only thing that would have made Tingle bearable.

That OR they could make him like Navi, or that guy that sells mask, or a special Po collector, or a teacher, or a priest, or alien, or a robot, or... wow this guy had a serious filmography.

Of course I signed it...

He named his daughter after Princess Zelda. It's time to return the favor, Nintendo

I say they make him the Mayor of Kakariko Village. And honestly this wouldn't be the first time his likeness has been used in videogames. Final Fantasy 8's Cid looked exactly like him.

Come on Nintendo, the cool kids at Blizzard are doing it.

Imagine if they were already planning to name a character Robin. Jackpot for everybody involved.

I've signed it. I loved Robin Williams' portrayal of the Genie in Disney's Aladdin, so much so that it is my favorite animated movie of all time. I hope, if nothing else, Nintendo will at least comment on the petition and their thoughts on Mr. Williams passing.

let him be the King of Hyrule. Or at least name a major NPC after him.

I see no reason not to do this, heck just calling a character 'Robin' isn't all that different than a lot of LoZ names. It would be a nice little tribute.

Hectix777:

or WORSE; they turn him into Tingle! Believe it or not I think Robin Williams is the only thing that would have made Tingle bearable.

This makes FAR too much sense. I can practically hear his full-manic standup style doing Tingle's dialogue.

Neronium:
I remember seeing Addion saying to make him the next iteration of the King of Hyrule, and I say go for that. Hell, add it in as a DLC character for Hyrule Warriors and I'll buy that day one.

If they named the next iteration of the King of Hyrule Robin what a way to be remembered. Heck why not a DLC character? I mean Nintendo is slowly opening up to the idea of DLC. An original playable character with comic based attacks just for kicks? I'd buy that. Hell its not one of his better movies but have the character used "magically enhanced" green slime for a weapon and have it basically act like Flubber.

Either way it would be a good move for Nintendo. Besides I'd say its highly likely they would. Especially after those ads he made with Zelda.

Neronium:
I remember seeing Addion saying to make him the next iteration of the King of Hyrule, and I say go for that. Hell, add it in as a DLC character for Hyrule Warriors and I'll buy that day one.

Yep, profiteering from dead people is a very moral thing to do...Nope, sorry, it's immoral.

These petitions are stupid and just another example why us internet users think we're entitled to higher privileges than the game creators themselves. Also why we think money will get us what we want.

No respect whatsoever to anyone.

I'm perfectly fine with a Robin Williams tribute in the next Zelda. The man did love those games so much he named his only child after Zelda, so it wouldn't hurt anyone if Nintendo returned the honor.

But, eh, shouldn't Williams' family get a say in this? The way I see it, the guy who started this petition should have contacted the family first, asked if they would be on board with this idea and then approached Nintendo. And not mere days after the man's death. Give the people who are actually personally involved with his passing time to grieve in peace.

It's quite sad when Blizzard actually are making an NPC in WoW for Robin Williams as a tribute and Nintendo have to be persuaded via a petition to do it.

If it succeeds, he could be a traveling comedian and make jokes on every game in the franchise.

I personally say there should be an alternate costume for the Fire Emblem tactician in Smash Bros Wii U/3DS.

V4Viewtiful:
If it succeeds, he could be a traveling comedian and make jokes on every game in the franchise.

This. This would be the best thing.

I get a feeling that some people believe Princess Zelda got the name after his daughter Zelda and not after the american's writer's wife. And his daughter got named after Princess Zelda.

I wouldn't have anything against a character being named after him and I think it would be a nice thing from Nintendo's side. He even named his daughter after the game's princess, just shows how much he liked the game. He did several commercials for the Zelda series together with his daughter. Naming a character after him and just adding hints at him would be a rather nice tribute.
But I just can't get ride of the feeling that some people are mixing up who came first.

mad825:

Neronium:
I remember seeing Addion saying to make him the next iteration of the King of Hyrule, and I say go for that. Hell, add it in as a DLC character for Hyrule Warriors and I'll buy that day one.

Yep, profiteering from dead people is a very moral thing to do...Nope, sorry, it's immoral.

These petitions are stupid and just another example why us internet users think we're entitled to higher privileges than the game creators themselves. Also why we think money will get us what we want.

No respect whatsoever to anyone.

... What? There's no money involved. Just a request for a small tribute to a man who meant a lot to a lot of people. No one's profiteering from anything.

I personally think the gaming community needs to stop with the petitions to put tributes for Robin Williams into this or that game after this one. WoW and Legend of Zelda were the two most important games for him? Okay, any other games, and it's less 'tribute' and more 'I can't possibly let go of the past'.

Considering that Nintendo is a Japanese company, I really can't see this happening at all

And Man:
Considering that Nintendo is a Japanese company, I really can't see this happening at all

That's why they're petitioning Nintendo of America. Even if he's not in the original version, he can be in the translation.

SlightlyEvil:

Hectix777:

or WORSE; they turn him into Tingle! Believe it or not I think Robin Williams is the only thing that would have made Tingle bearable.

This makes FAR too much sense. I can practically hear his full-manic standup style doing Tingle's dialogue.

Not gonna lie, I heard his voice for a minute when I thought about that...

Now I'm sad... I'm gonna go watch the entire Aladdin franchise now, movies, the tv show, the works.

And Man:
Considering that Nintendo is a Japanese company, I really can't see this happening at all

That was my thought as well. I don't know which American Hollywood actors Japan will have any sort of appreciation for, but I sense that Robin would be low on the list.

As you were replied to before, NOA could make this happen with a slight translation adjustment. That's not asking too much.

Could you imagine if not just an NPC, but Zelda Wii U itself was named The Legend of Zelda: Robin Williams. That might be a bit of overkill for a memorial, but it'd be funny and that seems appropriate.

World of Warcraft will do what Nintendon't. Nintendo will be too concerned about associating their beloved, wholesome (gag) characters with a suicide victim.

It seems fair. Robin Williams already named his NPC after "Zelda" after all.

Absolutely not, it's frankly foolish to include tribute NPCs for anything other than developers who worked on the product. And while I get Robin Williams was an important person to a lot of people that doesn't mean we should tack on tributes to him in every game despite the developers not caring to. If they want to make a tribute for him because he mattered to them good for them, but asking for it is very insulting.

Notshauna:
Absolutely not, it's frankly foolish to include tribute NPCs for anything other than developers who worked on the product. And while I get Robin Williams was an important person to a lot of people that doesn't mean we should tack on tributes to him in every game despite the developers not caring to. If they want to make a tribute for him because he mattered to them good for them, but asking for it is very insulting.

I agree, friend.

Also, it seems kind of tacky to be doing this.

While I didn't get with the WOW tribute (no offence) but this I can get behind but in saying so was Robin greatly respected in Japan?

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