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Ocarina of Time 3D Commercial Stars Robin Williams

by Jared Rosenberg - June 15, 2011, 4:07 pm EDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Press Release

Check out the new The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D commercial that includes Williams, his daughter, and an epic beard.

Nintendo UK unveiled a new television ad for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D featuring Hollywood actor Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda.

Robin Williams, famous for his roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Morning Vietnam, has been a fan of the Zelda series since he played the first game on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. His daughter, Zelda Rae Williams, is named after Princess Zelda. 

Word first leaked of the commercial when Zelda Williams tweeted about a "super secret" video shoot last month.

The commercial is embedded below.

Robin and Zelda Williams discuss her naming as well as Ocarina of Time more in the video below.

[EU] What Links a Hollywood Legend and  his daughter to one of the greatest video game franchises of all time?

Top Hollywood legend Robin Williams shares his passion for The Legend of Zelda games 

15th June 2011 – Robin Williams is known for being amongst the biggest fans of The Legend of Zelda series of games. The award-winning Hollywood actor revealed that he and his family have been completely immersed in the The Legend of Zelda series since first playing them over 20 years ago. His love for the series inspired him to name his daughter Zelda after the Princess featured within the series.

From the moment Williams first played The Legend of Zelda on his Nintendo Entertainment System™ with his wife and son, Zachary, back in 1987, they immediately became huge fans. "Hours on hours would go by and we’d become completely immersed in the epic adventure,” Williams explains.  “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 love of the series would carry over to the rest of his family too, especially his daughter, Zelda Williams, who Robin famously named after the character of Princess Zelda from the series. “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 and his wife thought, "Zelda… What a great name ... it's magical, like she is!" On July 31st 1989, Zelda Rae Williams was born.

It seems that Zelda Williams has also inherited her father’s love for The Legend of Zelda series. "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!” says Robin. Zelda herself comments, “A lot of people tell me that it is the coolest name ever, I love the fact that I am named after a princess.”

The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS™ launches across Europe on 17th June 2011.


AdrockJune 15, 2011

I wish that was the North American box. Boo/hiss

ShyGuyJune 15, 2011

Cool commercial.

TurdFurgyJune 15, 2011

I've had to have watched that video every time I've gotten on the internet today. Robin Williams looks like Rauru.

NeoStar9XJune 15, 2011

Time and time again Nintendo of America becomes more and more of a disappointment. Ugh. Great commercials and footage though. Those in Europe are lucky.

Nin10do-FanJune 15, 2011

Haha, cool. I'm glad UK did something amazing in these commericials.  :D

EnnerJune 15, 2011

Such a cute little advertisement. Maybe Nintendo of America can't afford whatever other parties are asking to air the commercial in North America? Then again, the Williams seem to have so much love for the series that they would make it easier in that regard.

I was wondering why there was a Zelda Williams interview on the Nintendo Network and Nintendo Channel. This clears things up.

I'm going to steal Jon Lindemann's joke: "When did Robin Williams turn into Ernest Hemingway?"

OblivionJune 15, 2011

Quote from: Crimm

I'm going to steal Jon Lindemann's joke: "When did Robin Williams turn into Ernest Hemingway?"

Ha ha. I thought he looked more like Santa Claus.

BlackNMild2k1June 15, 2011

Quote from: Oblivion

Ha ha. I thought he looked more like Santa Claus.

That's what I said

OblivionJune 15, 2011

Why the beard, though? I've always seen him clean-shaven.

SundoulosJune 16, 2011

That's awesome. :)

This is the greatest thing that has happened this month. And this month we heard details on the Wii U.

He looks more like Karl Marx to me.


leahsdadJune 16, 2011

What really amazes me is that the way Zelda talks about the game (and Robin Williams too, though not so much) it seems really genuine.  Like she's really familiar with the game, the franchise, and a lot of its tropes (cutting grass, for example).  Hollywood people are usually really bad at writing dialogue about games---like, stunningly bad, so I'm left thinking that either they worked really really hard with some hardcore game consultants to prep Zelda and Robin, or they really really are into this game and/or franchise.

ThePermJune 16, 2011

i can imagine that when they named her that was pretty much that, and by then their interest in the series had waned, but then when Ocarina of time came out that was the one she ended up playing and loving. I can't imagine her being A Link to the Past fan so much because she was very young when that was out. Its too bad they didnt have his son in the commercial, because he's probably the bigger fan. I'd imagine Robin Williams is pretty busy to be playing to many video games. Also, I'd imagine Zelda probably focused on school for TP and MM coming from a more affluent family. I'd love to see Robin Williams play Rauru or King Hyrule in a movie, also....Dr. Hugo Strange in Batman!

ShyGuyJune 16, 2011

Robin Williams actually is a video game player, He's talked about Quake and World of Warcraft in interviews. And judging by her Twitter, Zelda Williams is more of a geek than 75% of the Game Trailers TV hosts.

This is awesome and I love the epic beard.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJune 16, 2011

Lovin' the UK box so much more.

Also, if Miyamoto named Princess Zelda after F. Scott's wife and Robin Williams named his daughter after Princess Zelda... wouldn't that sorta mean she *was* named after F. Scott's wife?

That's what I thought, but I wonder if anybody ever told him that.

ShyGuyJune 16, 2011

Is Aaron named after Moses' brother? Technically, yes.

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