Nintendo has responded to a fan petition asking the company to immortalize the late Robin Williams in a future “Legend of Zelda” game. Williams had been an avid fan of the franchise since 1987, even naming his daughter after its heroine. The pair had recently been hired to promote the latest installment of the game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.
In a statement, the company addressed its longtime relationship with the comedian and sent sincere condolences to Williams’ family, but did not outright promise to fulfill the petition’s request.
The statement after the jump.
“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.”
The petition was not the first to call for Williams’ memory to be honored in a game; a similar request to have the actor featured in World of Warcraft, of which Williams was also an avid player, was successful. The petition asked for a Robin Williams character to perform some of his jokes “so that he may continue making us smile long after his passing.”
The response, from an employee of game-maker Blizzard Entertainment:
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