Nintendo Names Tatsumi Kimishima Their New President


After the untimely passing of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the Japanese gaming giant was hesitant into rushing to find a replacement. The task is of monumental importance not just for the company, but for a following of fans who wish to see Iwata-san’s vision of the company take action. Today, in a company release, Nintendo has announced they have found their newest president: Tatsumi Kimishima.

From 2002 to 2006, Tatsumi Kimishima acted as president of Nintendo of America during the prominent years of the Gamecube era. That was before he was replaced by current NoA head Reggie Fils-Aime, although Kimishima still sits on the board of Nintendo of America and Nintendo proper. He has served recently as a Managing Director, a General Manager of both the Corporate Analysis & Administration and General Affairs Divisions, in addition to leading Human Resources.

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This change in direction for Nintendo also sees Genyo Takeda and Shigeru Miyamoto receive new titles within the company. Takeda will act as the newly-created “Technology Fellow” role, “providing advice and guidance regarding organizational operations in a specialized area.” It seems, with maintaining his presence as the General Manager of the Integrated Research & Development Division, that he will be the point of contact for all things technology and technological advances within the company.

Miyamoto will be adopting the “Creative Fellow” role within Nintendo. His expertise as the General Manager of the Entertainment Analysis & Development Division (Nintendo EAD) will serve to lead all of the creative teams working on Nintendo software and other creative games and gaming output going forward.

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