In response to the change.org petition pictured above, a Nintendo spokesperson said, "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."
This petition comes on the heels of another fan petition that successfully got World of Warcraft to consider making Mr. Williams an NPC in the game.
Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma told VentureBeat that the character we saw in the new Zelda trailer was not necessarily Link, saying, "No one explicitly said that that was Link." If not Link, who is it? Leave your theories in the comments below.
UPDATE: False alarm, everyone. Aonuma clarified to MMGN that he was kidding about that comment:
Actually that comment I made jokingly. It's not that I said that it wasn't Link. It's that I never said that it was Link. It's not really the same thing, but I can understand how it could be taken that way. It seems like it has kind of taken off where people are saying 'oh it's a female character' and it just kind of grew. But my intent in saying that [was humour]. You know, you have to show Link when you create a trailer for a Zelda announcement.
From the video description:
Several months ago, it was suggested to me by a friend that a fun/challenging exercise would be to recreate an environment from an old game I like using modern techniques. I thought this was a great idea, so I have put together a recreation and personal adaptation of The Temple of Time from The Legend of Zelda.
The footage was captured from Unreal Engine 4. Other software used: Maya, Z-brush, Photoshop