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Nintendo responds to calls for Robin Williams to be in future 'Legend of Zelda' game

Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda in a
Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda in a "Legend of Zelda" commercial.
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A lot of fans didn't know it, but Robin Williams was a huge video game fan, even naming his daughter Zelda after the popular "Legend of Zelda" character. Efforts have gained steam to immortalize Williams as a character in both an upcoming Zelda game and in the "World of Warcraft" online game.

Nintendo responded to the online Zelda petition, which now has over 100,000 signatures, on Friday evening. They issued the following statement to video game site Polygon:

"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 organizer, Nick Schaedel, wrote that he was pleased with the response and considers it a "wonderful outcome," even if the company doesn't name a character after Williams.

Robin Williams explained why he named his daughter Zelda in this interview:

Zelda name

While it remains in question if there will be a Zelda video game tribute to Williams, fans were successful in their calls for him to be added to "World of Warcraft," perhaps having a character performing some of his jokes. They initially received this response from a "World of Warcraft" developer:

Warcraft tweet 1

That was followed with this announcement on the game's main Twitter account:

Warcraft tweet 2

Watch some more of the "Legend of Zelda" commercials featuring both Robin and his daughter Zelda:

Ocarina commercial 2

Four Swords commercial

Skyward Sword ad

Skyward Sword origins