Fans Call for Robin Williams Tribute In Wii U Zelda Game, Nintendo Responds

Petition gets 100,000 signatures; Nintendo says its hears the request from fans, but won't discuss plans right now.

Nintendo has responded to a fan petition that calls on the company to name a character in the next Legend of Zelda game for Wii U after the late comedian/actor Robin Williams. The petition, posted at Change.org, was launched immediately following news of the actor's death last week and calls for a non-player character to be named "Robin." It has gathered more than 100,000 signatures.

In a statement to Polygon, a Nintendo spokesperson offered support for Williams--who enjoyed the Zelda series and even named his daughter Zelda after the fictional princess--but would not commit one way or the other regarding a tribute. "Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo," the Nintendo spokesperson said. "Our hearts go out to his entire family, and especially to Zelda Williams who we've worked with multiple times."

Zelda and Robin Williams appeared in marketing campaigns for various Legend of Zelda games throughout the years.

"We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game," the Nintendo spokesperson added. "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."

The creator of the petition, Nick Schaedel, says: "He won't get to play it, but he'll live on forever in a universe he always loved." The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, an open-world game, launches sometime in 2015.

Last week, Blizzard Entertainment announced that it will create a World of Warcraft NPC based on Williams, who enjoyed the MMO. Blizzard's announcement came after fans launched a petition asking for such a character.

Williams was found dead in his California home last Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.

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so_hai
so_hai

Pretty good idea. I guess Zelda could be in there too somehow. They put a nobody in ALttP (remember the competition room?), so if no one has an issue with that, you cannot now have an issue with Robin.

dfernand
dfernand

I really miss this performer, I was one of the guys that enjoyed his more serious performances and liked the occasional one where he was being the wacky, goof, his stand up was alright also. And yes I would like to have a nod to him in the Zelda WiiU game even if it's just an NPC in a shop selling stuff .. something that captures what was fun and unique about that guy.

jjleshko90
jjleshko90

Eddy.... MMO just means Massively Multiple Online. You need to add "game" somewhere, or else it reads:

"Blizzard Entertainment announced that it will create a World of Warcraft NPC based on Williams, who enjoyed the Massively Multiplayer Online."

That doesn't make sense, does it, Eddy? =/

Gothic-360
Gothic-360

@jjleshko90 it makes sense to me. MMO IS a genre, is like saying robin williams played call of duty, he enjoyed the shooter. 

2611mp
2611mp

If I promise to name my first child OcarinaOfTime will you make me a dungeon boss in the new game?

Baraq
Baraq

I loved Robin Williams, and I still think about the joy I had listening and watching him. I miss those times. Let the man rest in piece. 

westsiderz28
westsiderz28

putting robin williams in a zelda game is the most stupidest thing i have heard, what on earth does he need rememberd for in a zelda game? he will live on forever on the big screen in his movies

rick mayal recently died do you see him in a nintendo game he did the old nintendo ads in the 90s

Kalbent
Kalbent

@westsiderz28 one, stupidest is not a word.

two, you obviously do not understand the MANY things this man did in his lifetime. He as not only a phenomenal actor (genius) he was a ardent philanthropist, giving back to the community AND military in as many ways as he could. Not just throw money around for charity.


No disrespect to Rick Mayal either. So westsiderz if you have nothing nice to say then please, do us all a favor, and just go afk.

DoomglooM
DoomglooM

@westsiderz28 oh because stupid nitwit Nintendo/Robin Williams fans petition for it because they can't get over his daughter's name....she ain't the first Real Life person to be named Zelda and Nintendo didn't create the name anyways for yaz information!

DoomglooM
DoomglooM

@westsiderz28 very good point....he isn't remembered for Nintendo why should Nintendo go out of their way to help us remember him/??

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

@DoomglooM @westsiderz28 You're a tool, he can be remembered and honored in any medium people see fit.  Would it hurt for you to play a Zelda game that had a character called Robin?  No...  So I don't see why you care and have wasted your time and effort to be a jerk.

DoomglooM
DoomglooM

@Kalbent @westsiderz28 yeah so....most stupid may fit better hm? do you really care that much? and what is your point anyways? at least against westsiderz? what not nice thing did he say? or are you just trying to be another big shot jerk for no particular reason? Jeepers I guess no one better ever say stupidest again! or your wrath they'll feel.......

DoomglooM
DoomglooM

@Hells_rebelion @DoomglooM @westsiderz28 lol I just think they should leave him alone and let him rest in peace....aside from that this may be the start of something ugly if it "pays off" But hey you're a fool and I'm a tool...maybe we can be friends!

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

They might as well put Oprah in the game since we're making celebrity request.

DoomglooM
DoomglooM

@DesertEaglex24 yeah let's unload the hollywood circus into games even more so! that will make games betterrrr durrrr....

mrkruzjr
mrkruzjr

Why not just name Zelda's father Robin? I dont think they've ever really said what his name was so I mean I think it would be pretty simple. And maybe add like a end picture with the characters Robin and Zelda together and just say "Thank you for all youve done Robin" or something like that. I think that'll please fans

seetherspawn
seetherspawn

Amy Winehouse named her child after one of the characters from the game?

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

@mrkruzjr Robin Williams is irrelevant to Nintendo and the Zelda franchise. This request makes zero sense. Since we are making stupid request. If Robin gets to be in the game. Than I demand Nintendo put Amy Winehouse in as well.

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

@DesertEaglex24  Why do you care if they put him in the game?  You act like it's your mission to spread the word that you don't like this.  Why don't you and your lacky Doomgloom go make a petition against putting his name in the game?

DoomglooM
DoomglooM

I liked Robin Williams work in life from what I knew....but this just sounds stupid lol I'm not digging this....and I don't much think it's right

p4kman88
p4kman88

@DoomglooM i agree this is morbid...what's next?

petition for Tupacalaypse: the wraith of 2pac... 

hypgnosis
hypgnosis

A lot of people have never been on location for a movie shoot. I was a background actor in a few back in the day, and even though I got smart and learned to hide out and do nothing but read books all day while getting payed it was some long,boring stuff that went on most times 12 and sometimes a full 24 hours. Now think of what actors do, where they have to memorize lines, pretend they are someone else for months at a time. That can really take a toll on some people. Especially if they are dealing with depression and stuff.

PrinceOberyn
PrinceOberyn

@hypgnosis How do you get into the background acting profession? Can it actually pay a living? I never really thought about it but I guess I just assumed they picked random people from signups who were willing to do it for free, or very minimal pay.

Itzsfo0
Itzsfo0

such negativity and idiocy here

PrinceOberyn
PrinceOberyn

@Itzsfo0 Kids, man. Kids. Someday they will mature and see that not everything in life is black and white, and that Robin Williams probably is deserving of a (small) Zelda tribute.

ronan32
ronan32

So basically people think actors are better than them? what a terrible self hating world we live in.

camou504
camou504

I guess Biggie Smalls was right......you're nobody until somebody kills you. I know a lot of people who used to talk serious S#!T about Robin saying how he was washed up and nobody cares about himbut now since he's dead everyone wants to act like they always loved him and want to dedicate everything to him.

Ateas
Ateas

@camou504 The people you say were talking "serious s**t" about Robin were probably s***ty people themselves. There are a lot of folks in their twenties whose childhoods were made brighter by Robin's work - Aladdin, Jumanji, Hook, Mrs Doubtfire. The list goes on.

My advice? Stop hanging around crappy, hateful people and you'll hear good things about others while they're still alive.

aliafterhour
aliafterhour

@Ateas @camou504 gonna kill you for not naming flubber as the first one, just need some killing skills first, see you in a hundred years


seven7swords
seven7swords

@aliafterhour @Ateas @camou504 As I kid I loved all those movies. Flubber was great.


Course, my child hood admiration of Robin Williams was destroyed when I saw his stand up but....LoL He was still great on stage.

naruto945
naruto945

At first I wanted to say why honor anyone who commited suicide. But just an NPC name isnt a big request so I actually dont have an official stance on this due to not caring.

dr_zomberg
dr_zomberg

name the nameless king of hyrule robin, problem solved.

nobody loses anything there.

Mindwipe77
Mindwipe77

@dr_zomberg that would make sense, being the father of Zelda, just like in real life.  King robin of hyrule

ApexMjolnir
ApexMjolnir

It is dangerous to go alone...  confirmed

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

I think it's a bit weird if Nintendo does this. For one thing, this isn't their country; they barely know Robin Williams as much as they do Zelda Williams. They didn't even do this for the President of Nintendo that died. Nintendo is individualistic when it comes to dealing with loved ones that passed away. They're not exactly known for publicizing their tributes and things alike, especially in their video games. 

If they put the NPC in a Zelda game, not many people would even experience that since the Wii U is currently unpopular...not exactly a sufficient memorial in my opinion.

shanerenaldo
shanerenaldo

@sirapathetic01 I hear ya, but you also have to factor in the petition with over 100K signatures...   to shake that off would create a PR nightmare... and they're taking this seriously, because your words are true that "the Wii U is currently unpopular..."


So, whether they truly cared about the late comedian (RIP) and his daughter.... or even if it is nothing more than a PR stunt, they would be wise to listen to their remaining fans...  lest we trade in our Nintendos for something by Sony or Microsoft....  know what I mean?



By the way, maybe we should draw up a petition that Nintendo get more EA games? A TMNT game would be cool, too...

hildegain
hildegain

@shanerenaldo @sirapathetic01 As if 100k is all that big a deal... I mean, screwing over their whole fanbase by making a sub-par game is one thing (which Nintendo do sometimes) but appeasing 100,000 people they don't know to honour a man who has no part in their world?

Ezero_De_Milo
Ezero_De_Milo

@hildegain @shanerenaldo @sirapathetic01 

You're looking at this in a small sense.  100K signatures isn't much, yes, but that's only from people who actually saw the petition.  Imagine how many other people out there would wanting the same that didn't even see the petition, but are seeing the news of it being potential.