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Nintendo Is Considering Naming A "Zelda" Character After Robin Williams Following An Online Campaign

Williams was a well-known fan of the Nintendo franchise.

Posted on August 18, 2014, at 10:04 a.m. ET

Over 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Nintendo to honour Robin Williams.

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Williams, who was found dead at his home last week aged 63, was a keen fan of video games, even calling his daughter Zelda after the popular Legend of Zelda series.

The pair appeared in a number of Nintendo adverts together.

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The change.org petition asks the Japanese company to consider naming a NPC (non-playable character) in the new Zelda game after the actor.

“It was a series he loved, and it’s a small tribute to a great man,” the petition claims.

Nintendo has now responded, with Sky News reporting that a spokesman said on Monday: “Nothing has been decided, but we won’t rule out the request."

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The organiser of the petition, Nick Schaedel, has left a couple of messages on change.org as it attracted more and more attention.

He said he was not expecting Nintendo to totally redesign a character or rewrite the storyline but instead was hoping for a subtle but touching change.

“In my mind, all I pictured was a humble villager on a hilltop somewhere, with a few goats and a nice view," he said. "Not an incarnation of the man, but a tribute to him."

If Nintendo does do this, it would be an unexpected but wonderful outcome. If Nintendo takes some other action or even just posts a statement – which they may well have been preparing these last few days anyway – that is also a wonderful outcome. If Nintendo doesn't do anything, then this petition simply stands as a reflection of a lesser-known way that Mr Williams touched the lives of many people. That's fine too.

Schaedel has also called on people to donate to the numerous charities Williams supported.

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