(NEW YORK) — In the days since Robin Williams’ death, a petition on Change.org has received over 100,000 signatures calling for the comedian and actor to be made a character in a Nintendo video game.
Specifically, the petition notes that Williams was, “an avid player of video games, with a love for all things Nintendo.” Specifically noted are Williams’ “particular love for all things Legend of Zelda” — he named his daughter after the series’ titular princess, and advertisements that the late actor had done for Nintendo.
The petition’s creators are asking for Nintendo to honor the late Williams by making him into a non-playable character in an anticipated Legend of Zelda game.
Nintendo issued a statement on Monday, responding to the outpouring of support for the idea, but did not publicly announce a specific decision. “Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo,” the statement reads, adding that they “hear the request of fans to honor him in a future game.” However, Nintendo, “will not be discussing what might be possible for future games during this difficult time.”
Nintendo’s statement concluded, “we will hold our memories of Robin close.”
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