Nintendo enlist Robin and Zelda Williams for marketing campaign

Nintendo have today announced that they have enlisted award-winning Hollywood actor Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda for their latest marketing campaign to promote The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS.

Robin is known for being amongst the biggest fans of The Legend of Zelda series, to which he reminisces of the 1987 NES classic: “Hours on hours would go by and we’d become completely immersed in the epic adventure. My favourite part was solving the puzzles. I loved exploring every room to find secret passages and hidden objects. I vividly remember the sound the doors would make when they opened.”

His level of immersion and sheer adoration of the series then led to the suggestion that he named his daughter after the legendary Princess Zelda, a choice he describes as being “only natural.”

“It seemed only natural. When my wife was pregnant, my son Zachary mentioned that Zelda would be the perfect name for his new little sister,” Robin explains. He and his wife thought, “Zelda… What a great name … it’s magical, like she is!” So, on July 31st 1989, Zelda Rae Williams was born.

His daughter even inherited Robin’s love of the series, commenting “I finished nearly all the Zelda games…my best memory of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was definitely playing with the bow and arrow. I was an archer at the time and still love archery so it was really fun to use it in the fantasy world. That and Epona… I also rode horses at the time, and I loved the idea of calling a horse with a musical instrument.”

Robin and Zelda find it amusing that her unusual name often causes confusion amongst people – “A lot of people think she’s named after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, but no, it’s Zelda from The Legend of Zelda!” Robin exclaimed. Zelda added, “A lot of people tell me that it is the coolest name ever, I love the fact that I am named after a princess.”

You can catch their first trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D below:

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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