Nintendo’s Response to Fan’s Plea to Immortalize Robin Williams
Nintendo Finally Responds to Fans Requests
Recently with the tragic passing of Robin Williams, fans of Nintendo’s Zelda series have petitioned to have the comedian incorporated in some form into the next game in the franchise. Williams was a huge fan of the Zelda franchise, even naming his daughter after the titular princess. The petition was featured on change.org and focused on making an NPC version of Williams in the next game of the series, which trailers have been shown of at E3. The petitions has gained over 114,000 supporters as of today! Nintendo has recently commented on the petition and responded to Polygon’s request for an official comment. Nintendo’s spokesperson offered condolences to the Williams family and stated that the actor was very respected by the company, yet at the same time they took a strong stance in order to not be drawn into promising everything. The official response was that
“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.”
Its a shame that Nintendo couldn’t promise the fans and the Williams family anything, seeing as both Robin and Zelda are both huge fans of video games and the Zelda series and both helped advertised for Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D.
However it might still be a possibility especially with another similar petition from change.org, which asked for Williams to be made into a NPC in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft which was another video game series Robin Williams was very passionate about, actually succeeding with Technical Game Designer, Chadd Nervigg tweeting that they were working on it. Hopefully Nintendo will be able to incorporate an NPC version of the hilarious comedian, but until then hopefully the more signatures the change.org petition accumulates the better.