Christina Grimmie was an avid gamer, so much so that the late singer’s brother, Marcus Grimmie, is urging fans to sign a Change.org petition to include her likeness in an upcoming Nintendo video game.
Christina’s brother told People that his family has been overwhelmed by the love and support shown to them by fans after the 22-year-old singer was shot and killed by a deranged fan while signing autographs at an Orlando concert hall over the weekend. While a GoFundMe account set up for the family has already exceeded $175,000, Marcus Grimmie said fans can just leave a message, a photo, or just a kind word instead of sending money. But he also asked that fans help Christina to be “remembered in the next Legend of Zelda game, her favorite game of all time.”
Christina Grimmie was a huge fan of the Nintendo video game franchise, mastering games like EarthBound, Pokemon, Super Smash Brothers, and all of the Super Mario Bros. titles. But The Legend of Zelda was by far Christina’s favorite, and her YouTube username was even “ZeldaxLove64.” The petition asks for Christina Grimmie to be remembered in the English version of the upcoming Legend of Zelda game set to be released in 2017.
“Hopefully she is in a better place now, but whether a NPC or mentioned in an Easter egg, it would be a beautiful act to let her be memorialized in the universe she always cherished,” the petition reads.
Christina Grimmie was always vocal about her love for gaming. In an interview with Glitter magazine last year, Christina said a typical day in her life included playing video games, even with her busy rehearsal and touring schedule.
“I play a lot of video game,” Grimmie said last fall. “Lots of League of Legends and Smash Bros.”
In the same interview, Grimmie listed the video game chain GameStop as one of her favorite places to shop (Okay, BCBG and Urban Outfitters were in there, too), and she even had an animated answer when she was asked about who her celebrity crush was.
“Don’t judge, but I’ve always had a crush on Link from the Legend of Zelda, sshhh,” Christina said.
While she was a diehard fan as an adult, Christina’s love for gaming went back to her early childhood. In an interview with Joonbug, Grimmie said the hobby helped her to bond with her older brother Marcus when they were kids.
“My brother is a year older than me, and we’re literally best friends, so when he started playing video games when he was 5, I would watch him because I was too young to understand what to do,” Christina said. “I’ve loved video games ever since I was that young. But Zelda…I remember it was my favorite game to watch my brother play. But I would constantly have nightmares about re-deads and freaky things in the game, so my mom sold the game and me and my brother were so upset! We got it back a few years later and when I tell you I played it all the time, I PLAYED IT ALL THE TIME! It has such a great story and it will never get old to me.”
While Christina Grimmie clearly had a soft spot for Nintendo, any video game was fair game for the singer. Early in her career she even teamed up with Selena Gomez and her band, The Scene, for a commercial for Kinect for Xbox.
In 2012, Christina even hosted a web series for Disney called Power Up with Christina Grimmie. The show consisted of a series of short segments devoted to her love of gaming, and it gave fans plenty of tips and tricks.
Fans who hope to see Christina Grimmie live on in a Zelda video game can show their support at Change.org. The petition, which already has more than 12,000 signatures, will be delivered to Nintendo once it’s completed.
Take a look at the video below to see Christina Grimmie on her video game web series.
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