Petition to Name Robin Williams in New Zelda Game Surfaces

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Robin Williams | Petition

By now, the news of the tragic death of prolific actor and comedian Robin Williams has become quite widespread. Reactions to the apparent suicide of the man who has entertained audiences around the world for decades have left many fans shaken, enraged and mournful. However, in the aftermath of all this, a petition has begun circulating in an effort to honor the memory of the legendary funny man–by immortalizing Williams in one of his favorite franchises, The Legend of Zelda.

The petition has a simple request: to encourage Nintendo of America, when the new Zelda game currently in development enters the localization process, to name one of the game’s non-player characters Robin in honor of William’s love for the franchise. The community is not seeking to have Nintendo create a new character with William’s likeness or mannerisms–simply to name an existing character after him for the English release. I think the petition’s author, Nick Schaedel, said it best in his proposal: “He won’t get to play it, but he’ll live on forever in a universe he always loved.”

At the time of this writing, the petition needs 8,668┬ámore signatures to reach its 75,000-signer goal. Anyone questioning William’s devotion to the franchise need only look at his daughter, actress and gaming community darling Zelda Williams, whom he confirmed he named after the titular princess. It’s unclear whether or not Nintendo of America would consider the community’s request, but, hey, even if nothing comes of it, I can at least name my Link Robin when the new game rolls around.


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  • Russell Miller

    I think this is a great idea.

  • Frololoo

    World of Warcraft got a character after Robin Williams so why not Zelda too

    • Keichi Morisato

      in WoW they will have the character use voice clips of robin to tell jokes.

  • Tom

    Signed. The number of signatures are getting higher with each passing minute. Amazing.

  • multibottler0cket

    Cool idea. Let’s see how it turns out!

  • Thanatos2k

    I mean, I love Robin Williams, but really? What does he have to do with Zelda? This seems awfully pointless.

    • Krysanthia

      Considering he named hes daughter after the series and talks at great length about how much he enjoyed said series, its hardly what I would call pointless.

    • Thanatos2k

      I’m sure there’s lots of other things he liked too.

    • Krysanthia

      Your point being what exactly? Many people like different things.

      This is about a man who entertained millions of people and enjoyed a series of videogames.
      Those fans are deeply saddened by hes death and want him in the next game, this is not hard to understand.

      Frankly you seem to be trying to undermine the entire point of all this, I ask you to please have some respect for the dead and try a little bit harder to empathize with the fans.

    • Thanatos2k

      He’s a comedian. He also did voice acting. If you wanted to include a tribute to him it would be in something relating to his line of work, like, say, Kingdom Hearts.

    • Krysanthia

      Yeah he was a comedian, voice actor, father, academy award winning actor and just a normal gamer, who’s hobby included Zelda.

      He had a relationship with Nintendo, appearing in a commercial for OoT3D along with his daughter named after the series. What exactly binds him to Kingdom Hearts, Genie? He didn’t even voice him in those games.

      Even if he had, better to immortalize him in something he enjoyed i.e his hobby, rather than his job.

      Robin also enjoyed WoW and Blizzard will be adding him to it. This petition makes perfect sense, and your point is completely moot.

  • SullenSamurai

    I understand the sentiment behind this idea, but I think it’s misguided. A character’s name changing during localization happens all the time, but it’s something that shouldn’t be done needlessly. Nintendo of America changing a random NPC’s name to “Robin” seems both a cheap way to honor a great man as well as a faux pas as far as good localization goes.

    However, were some sort of easter egg or homage honoring Robin Williams included in a Zelda game from the get-go, I would be all for that. As unlikely as it would be to achieve results, it would be better to reach out to Nintendo of Japan directly and ask for what this petition explicitly states it’s not asking for: that an original minor character be created to act as a tribute to Mr. Williams.

  • Vallen

    Why? There are plenty of Zelda fans out there who probably invested more time and money into the franchise than him…why not name characters after them? Just because he was an actor does not mean Nintendo should start doing these sort of things..