The late Robin Williams was so smitten with The Legend of Zelda he famously named his daughter after the title character. Shades of World of Warcraft, fans have banded together via Change.org petition to ask Nintendo to honor the actor and comedian in the next game in the series, and Nintendo has responded.
The petition, now with more than 100,000 signatures, is a heartfelt plea from fans that the next entry in the series name a non-player character "Robin" in William's memory.
So, in a day where there aren't many words, what can we do? Well, there's a new Zelda game on the horizon. A bold reinvention, a fresh new open world adventure for Wii U. I would like to suggest that when the game is localised to English, Nintendo of America and the Treehouse name one of the characters "Robin" in his memory.
He won't get to play it, but he'll live on forever in a universe he always loved.
In a statement to Polygon, a Nintendo representative expressed the company's love for Williams, offering its condolences to his family, especially daughter Zelda Williams, who has worked with Nintendo on several occassions, including a commercial with her father for the 3DS remake of The Ocarina of Time and the celebrity tournament at the Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 earlier this year.
Nintendo acknoledged the petition's request, but declined to discuss potential action at this time.
"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."