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.