Nintendo Responds to Robin Williams Legend of Zelda Petition

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Nintendo Responds to Robin Williams Legend of Zelda Petition

Nintendo releases statement in response to the petition asking for a Robin Williams tribute in the next Legend of Zelda game.

Earlier this week a petition on Change.org was circulating around that asked Nintendo to pay tribute to Robin Williams in the new Legend of Zelda game currently slated for 2015. This petition was started by Nick Schaedel of Adelaide, Australia who felt that one of the best ways to honor the beloved man was to name an NPC "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 has reached up to 98,771 signatures at the time of this report, but Nintendo has already released a statement in response to this heartfelt plea.

"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."

This statement is enough for Schaedel given his earlier statements in the petition's updates, "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."

While we're left with Nintendo considering the notion, Schaedel closes by urging fans to still honor Robin Williams' memory by donating to one of many charities he loved, such as the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

World of Warcraft players also asked Blizzard to honor Robin Williams as he was known as an avid WoW player himself. Blizzard confirmed at an unveiling of the game's fifth expansion World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor that they will be creating a character in his likeness (or that of one of the characters he played) as a tribute to what he meant to the online gaming community.

Source: Polygon

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Well it's good of Nintendo to at least consider it. Although I do hope they do actually go through with it and honour him with an NPC.

That's what I call a "Don't call us, we'll call you".

Not to be a party pooper or anything, but what exactly did he mean to the online gaming community in general? If the extent of his involvement was an anonymous character on a server?

I'm not against it happening and I'm not trying to hate on people I just don't see it. But then again I'm a cynical guy so feel free to ignore me

Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

MBergman:
Not to be a party pooper or anything, but what exactly did he mean to the online gaming community in general? If the extent of his involvement was an anonymous character on a server?

I'm not against it happening and I'm not trying to hate on people I just don't see it. But then again I'm a cynical guy so feel free to ignore me

sure he was a bit of a troll on WoW, but he was an avid gamer and that was kind of it. he really didn't interact with any of the gaming communities outside WoW. but that doesn't mean that he never had an impact with gamers through his films, and the LOZ trailers he did with his daughter were really awesome.

MBergman:
Not to be a party pooper or anything, but what exactly did he mean to the online gaming community in general? If the extent of his involvement was an anonymous character on a server?

I'm not against it happening and I'm not trying to hate on people I just don't see it. But then again I'm a cynical guy so feel free to ignore me

He'd been a gamer for a long time, well earned his badges. He was a Quake player, a Warcraft player, of course a Zelda fan. I have friends who played random matches with him and he was very open about who he was on the mic. He also played D&D. The man may have been a superstar of comedy but he was one of us, a geek, a nerd, a gamer, whatever you want to call it. So many things about him were genuine and that Zelda ad is so heartbreaking because he loved a game so much he named his own daughter after it.
We lost one of our own, and he just happened to be one of the greatest comics of all time.

Seems like a more tasteful response than Blizzard's rush to pop him in WoW.

Everyone is rushing to poo-poo Nintendo, but how might the family react to these big multi-billion dollar companies rushing to make digital NPCs modeled on the just recently deceased man? It comes off as crass at best.

Jumwa:
Seems like a more tasteful response than Blizzard's rush to pop him in WoW.

Everyone is rushing to poo-poo Nintendo, but how might the family react to these big multi-billion dollar companies rushing to make digital NPCs modeled on the just recently deceased man? It comes off as crass at best.

Thats true only if Nintendo does honor Robin someway, even if its not with an NPC. And im sure they will.

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

Most company responses tend to come in committee style or unbridled PR-nightmare carelessness style. The committee thing, I found to be because they don't like to raise false hope. You know how the internet is at over-interpreting everything. I remember what used to be said about Operation Rainfall, and even the frequent mentions of a 3DS Majora's Mask remake.

OP: TBH, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't include him. I loved the guy, but I also know that, while he certainly had his fans around the world, I'm pretty sure Williams was far more appreciated in North America than abroad. Putting an entire character based on him would probably be a bit of a stretch for Nintendo's Japanese studios to want to do, considering that he wasn't nearly as well known in Japan. I'm sure their not unsympathetic about the situation, but I don't expect them to do something so specific for him, even if it is just an NPC. I mean, his contributions to advertising for them was pretty limited to the North American market (though I did see one of the Robin and Zelda commercials dubbed into Italian).

If they do put in an honorary character, I would be pleased, but I certainly don't expect it. His death has come at a time when development for the game is probably already past character designing and into programming and graphics refinement, so it's probably just too late for something like this to happen. Sure, they could rename a character in the English translation in his memory, but that might not be something Nintendo of Japan would approve since it would likely not be a genuine localization attempt, but rather a specific reference to one real individual.

But then, this is all still speculation. If it happens I'll be pleased, if it doesn't, it won't bother me.

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

Well they are most likely gonna seek the family legal approval first, if they intend to do it, so they cannot affirm they will do it until then.

Jumwa:
Seems like a more tasteful response than Blizzard's rush to pop him in WoW.

Is that tasteless? I don't really see why..?

OT: Nintendo probably won't, but it is nice that they acknowledge the wish for it at the least.

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

yeah, because it's a company and not a bunch of individual people who think they're nintendo

what were you expecting, microsoft?

weirdee:

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

yeah, because it's a company and not a bunch of individual people who think they're nintendo

what were you expecting, microsoft?

I don't necessarily mean it as a negative, just that every message they ever seem to post looks like it took 2 minutes to write and 2 days to pass it's editors.

I understand that they're careful, which is a smart move considering the rage the internet can stir itself into given the slightest inkling, but it would also be nice to feel like they're actually talking to the fans and not at them.

It's not a big deal, just kind of odd.

I really hope they don't. I have absolutely nothing against Robin Williams, I just don't see the need to immortalize a guy in a different medium he wasn't directly involved in just because he was a famous example of a fan.

Also, if I were Nintendo, I might hesitate at the idea of honoring a guy who was not only famous for his comedy but also his drug habit in a game franchise that has always maintained a very family friendly tone to it. WoW can be a bit more liberal with their inclusions because pop culture references are the norm in that game and they have a very different tone.

And its not like the guy isn't already immortalized... in the genre he became famous in.

I'm expecting a secret room like that one given to the winner of some competition in LttP. It won't be a big deal if they decide not to, it's nice that they even replied.

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

Stole the words right out of my mouth, I expected the WoW thing to happen because it's out there and can be changed. But then every line of NPC dialog in the Legend of Zelda is all essential, and none can be spared. Sure Nintendo listens to fans, but I wouldn't say they ever act on it.

Now where did I put that flame shield?

I think this petition was ridiculous in the first place. You can love or honor him in many ways, but using his name or likeness in a game just seems stupid to me. Go buy his movies, watch his comedy specials, enjoy your memories of a fantastically funny and a man who was also just a good man. I can't honestly believe anyone expected Nintendo to respond to this in any other way. Nintendo probably doesn't care one way or the other about Robin Williams and his death, and that is there prerogative, it's genuinely unfair for the people behind this decision to put that pressure on anyone.

Roofstone:

Jumwa:
Seems like a more tasteful response than Blizzard's rush to pop him in WoW.

Is that tasteless? I don't really see why..?

OT: Nintendo probably won't, but it is nice that they acknowledge the wish for it at the least.

Because it reeks of trying to grab attention (for profit) over a man's death?

At my grandmother's funeral, I can tell you none of us appreciated the local mayor showing up and schmoozing while we grieved. Even if it was intended as a gesture of respect.

I never understood this petition in the first place. You can't expect companies to tribute everyone they have ever worked with, especially when they aren't even in the same medium as what the person was famous for.

No-one is obliged to tribute him for anything, if you want to tribute him somehow, great, but I seriously don't think people should petition a company selling a product should be asked to tribute him because realizing a paid tribute, no0 matter how small seems like money grubbing to me. A better tribute would be a freely made picture or video of some kind, not a triple A game.

Tumedus:

And its not like the guy isn't already immortalized... in the genre he became famous in.

Also this.

Jumwa:

Roofstone:

Jumwa:
Seems like a more tasteful response than Blizzard's rush to pop him in WoW.

Is that tasteless? I don't really see why..?

OT: Nintendo probably won't, but it is nice that they acknowledge the wish for it at the least.

Because it reeks of trying to grab attention (for profit) over a man's death?

Well considering people asked Blizzard to do it in the same way that people have asked Nintendo......

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

Do we really want them to, though?

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

This is PR dynamite at best, one should tread very delicately. Keep in mind that the people responding are probably from the American branch, and have no impact whatsoever on what goes into the creation of a game. They would have to take this to the Japanese branch, who, though probably aware of who Robin Williams is, may or may not be interested in honoring a random American actor with an NPC. It would be like hearing that some random Japanese actor, say Toshiro Mifune, was a fan of your franchise and should be remembered there. Sure he was a great actor, but would most people give it serious thought? Maybe, it's up in the air. They'll bring it up, and it will either be ignored and never brought up again or they'll politely mention that he's in the next game. I also get the impression that his t.v. spots were specifically with the American branch, and that those were the only people he had any involvement with whatsoever.

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

I'll say. I mean, it's a name. Blizzard is going to go full out and create an NPC in his likeness and everything, probably give him a few lines that reference the real life Robin. But all that was asked of Nintendo on the other hand is just to put his name in the game, and they can't even clarify if they'll do it or not.

I mean, fuck's sake, he adopted the name of their character for his own daughter, it would be ridiculous if they couldn't offer the same gesture of respect.

Fox12:
This is PR dynamite at best, one should tread very delicately. Keep in mind that the people responding are probably from the American branch, and have no impact whatsoever on what goes into the creation of a game. They would have to take this to the Japanese branch, who, though probably aware of who Robin Williams is, may or may not be interested in honoring a random American actor with an NPC. It would be like hearing that some random Japanese actor, say Toshiro Mifune, was a fan of your franchise and should be remembered there. Sure he was a great actor, but would most people give it serious thought? Maybe, it's up in the air. They'll bring it up, and it will either be ignored and never brought up again or they'll politely mention that he's in the next game.

I dunno, calling him a "random American actor" isn't accurate. Let's be honest, Nintendo basically used that deep love he had for the game as an full-on marketing campaign on multiple occasions. Hell, they basically ensured that Robin and Zelda Williams will forever be associated with the Legend of Zelda.

TheDrunkNinja:

PunkRex:
Wow, Nintendo really can't say ANYTHING that's not committee written can they...

I'll say. I mean, it's a name. Blizzard is going to go full out and create an NPC in his likeness and everything, probably give him a few lines that reference the real life Robin. But all that was asked of Nintendo on the other hand is just to put his name in the game, and they can't even clarify if they'll do it or not.

I mean, fuck's sake, he adopted the name of their character for his own daughter, it would be ridiculous if they couldn't offer the same gesture of respect.

Gesture of respect? Isn't allowing the family time to grieve before using his name in an exploitative way a gesture of respect? Or is there only one way to show respect now? Because let's face it: telling people that they aren't interested in exploiting the guy's name during the family's time of grief is very respectful. It shows that the company is willing to give a family some peace. I swear I don't understand how this is in any way disrespectful.

anthony87:

Jumwa:

Roofstone:

Is that tasteless? I don't really see why..?

OT: Nintendo probably won't, but it is nice that they acknowledge the wish for it at the least.

Because it reeks of trying to grab attention (for profit) over a man's death?

Well considering people asked Blizzard to do it in the same way that people have asked Nintendo......

So? Did Zelda Williams asked it? Did his wife ask it? Are the people more important than the family in this situation? It is only because Blizzard has a history of doing this is why I am not taking this as disrespectful. You want to use someone's name? You ask permission for it first.

While I don't expect a reference to be included, I would really like to see a cookie that is a bit non-obvious, like a random NPC mentioning something like, "I even named my daughter after the Princess" or similar.

Whether or not they do, though, is up in the air, and shouldn't be expected because, despite his involvement with LoZ's advertisements and because even his daughter is named after the series, he is still just a single man. It's not exactly the norm, but neither is a famous actor advertising for his favorite game series.

I like this response a lot more than Blizzards to be honest.

When I first saw the Blizzard story break, about some guy less than 24 hours after it happened telling the community that they are already working on it, all I could think was "Blizzard will cash in on anything nowadays".

It just seemed like they saw the petition to Nintendo about the Legend of Zelda and how popular it was and then set to work immediately to cash in on some good will and possibly even entice a few subscribers back.

Nintendo has basically acknowledged the wishes and quite appropriately said that right now (a few days after it) isn't the time to be talking about it, this is the time for remembering Robin, not thinking up ways they can gain brownie points.

Classier move by Nintendo in my opinion.

anthony87:

Well considering people asked Blizzard to do it in the same way that people have asked Nintendo......

It's not as if those people were the loved ones of the deceased. It's really not hard to assemble support on the internet for tasteless ideas, not when thousands kickstarted a potato salad.

xaszatm:

Gesture of respect? Isn't allowing the family time to grieve before using his name in an exploitative way a gesture of respect? Or is there only one way to show respect now? Because let's face it: telling people that they aren't interested in exploiting the guy's name during the family's time of grief is very respectful. It shows that the company is willing to give a family some peace. I swear I don't understand how this is in any way disrespectful.

I don't get it either.

Something like this, at this moment, is extremely tasteless if done without the families consent. And asking for the families consent at this moment is in itself extremely tasteless. They have bigger issues to deal with right now than some multi-billion dollar corporations attention grabs.

Maybe the people kicking a huff up about this have never lost anyone, so they just can't relate to the feelings of that moment. That's the only explanation I can come up with for why people think Nintendo's being anything but the utmost of respectful.

Jumwa:

anthony87:

Well considering people asked Blizzard to do it in the same way that people have asked Nintendo......

It's not as if those people were the loved ones of the deceased.

Neither are all the people leaving tributes and memorials for the guy all over the world. What's your point?

You can only be saddened by his death if you're directly related?

It's really not hard to assemble support on the internet for tasteless ideas, not when thousands kickstarted a potato salad.

"Asking for someone to be memorialised"

"Potato salad kickstarter"

Please tell me you can distinguish the difference between those two.

xaszatm:

anthony87:

Jumwa:

Because it reeks of trying to grab attention (for profit) over a man's death?

Well considering people asked Blizzard to do it in the same way that people have asked Nintendo......

So? Did Zelda Williams asked it? Did his wife ask it? Are the people more important than the family in this situation? It is only because Blizzard has a history of doing this is why I am not taking this as disrespectful. You want to use someone's name? You ask permission for it first.

What makes you think they wouldn't ask the permission of the family?

anthony87:

What makes you think they wouldn't ask the permission of the family?

Can't help but feel you are being purposely obtuse, but let's suppose they have asked.

A grieving family, just days after losing a dear loved member, (to be fair Blizzard said they'd do it within 24 hours as I recall) gets a call from a multibillion dollar corporation asking if they can stick him in their subscription based game. Yeah, if you don't find that to be a little tasteless I don't know what can be said to you.

Having lost someone very near and dear to me recently, being pestered with that kind of nonsense while I was grieving was unwanted at best.

I'm guessing they asked the American branch of Nintendo. I wouldn't be surprised if the Japanese branch had only "heard of him somewhere." I never liked his comedic style, but I did enjoy his serious performances. He was so good in the Final Cut.

I can kind totally understand the idea behind the gesture. My grandmother was a big fan of a game series called Westward, & I would have loved there to have been a little easter egg in the next game dedicated to her, since she would sit there & play them for 8 hours a day. Unfortunately the developers where bought out shortly before her death.

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