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By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

August 18, 2014 | 2 min read

Japanese game developer Nintendo has said it “won’t rule out a request” to name a character after actor Robin Williams in the next instalment of the Legend of Zelda franchise.

Williams, who was an avid fan of Nintendo, starred in a series of ads for the company two years ago. In one he revealed he named his daughter after one of the game's lead characters, princess Zelda.

Over 100,000 people have signed a petition to have the Oscar-winning actor appear in a future Zelda game.

A Nintendo spokesman said: "Nothing has been decided, but we won't rule out the request.”

After the actor’s death last week, the games company paid tribute to Williams in a statement: “Robin Williams was loved at Nintendo.

"We appreciate the outpouring of support from the gaming community, and hear the request of fans to honour 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.”

World of Warcraft developer Blizzard last week also revealed it would feature Williams in the game after it emerged he was a large fan of the franchise.

This comes after Zelda Williams last week quit Twitter in the wake of her father’s death after trolls took to the site bombarding her with vile comments.

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