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Nintendo Responds to Petition to Put Robin Williams in Future Legend of Zelda Game

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Since the tragic and sudden death of Robin Williams, his costars, family members and the people involved in his philanthropic activities have been mourning the loss of the great actor and comedian. But a certain group that Williams was very involved with has also come forward with their own plan of dedication.

In case you didn't know it, Robin Williams loved video games, especially the Legend of Zelda series. He even named his daughter after the title character. So on the day of his death, a Change.org petition was started to put Robin's likeness in a future Zelda game, so that his memory and image would last forever in yet another medium.

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"There's a new Zelda game on the horizon. A bold reinvention, a fresh new open world adventure for Wii U," read the petition. "I would like to suggest that when the game is localized 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."

Personally, we think he'd be great as a Tingle-esque character. But we're just spit-balling here.

As of today, over 100,000 people have signed the petition, and Nintendo has just released a statement in response to the request:

"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."

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So Zelda fans didn't get a definitive answer about putting Robin in the new Zelda game, but the man who started the petition, Nick Schaedel, was very overwhelmed by the response, and he made sure to remind supporters that there are other ways to honor William's legacy.

"This petition was born of a sense of loss, and a desire, as the news coverage turned away from celebration of Robin's life and into the deeply personal circumstances of his death, to focus again on something positive," he wrote. "While we don't yet know if the world of Hyrule will see a tribute to Robin, you can make sure our world does by donating a few rupees to one of the many charities he supported, including St Jude Children's Research Hospital, UNICEF, and Amnesty International."

Even if we never get a Robin Williams character in future Zelda games, we will think of him, one of our own in the gaming world, every time we pick up the Master Sword.

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