Nintendo Names a New President


After the devastating death of Satoru Iwata Nintendo was left without a president. Two months later Nintendo has named Tatsumi Kimishima as the new President and Representative Director of Nintendo.

Kimishima isn’t without his credintials being the former chief financial officer of The Pokemon Company Inc. up until 2001. He was then promoted to become the first president of The Pokemon Company USA until 2002, which was renamed The Pokemon Company International.

He has also been the president of Nintendo before when he replaced Minoru Arakawa for Nintendo of America in 2002. He was later succeeded by the current president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime in May of 2006. He then moved to become CEO and chairman of the board for Nintendo of America until he gave that position up to Satoru Iwata in April of 2013.

Since Iwata replaced him as CEO, Kimishima has held various positions within the company including general manager of Corporate Analysis & Administration Division, managing director, and head of the Human Resources Division.

What I’m trying to say here is Kimishima was an obvious choice to take over as president. The decision was made at a meeting of the Board of Directors on September 14th in Japan and comes shortly after Nintendo announced a partnership with The Pokemon Company International and developer Niantic Inc. to develop Pokemon Go! For mobile devices.

Big changes are starting to happen to Nintendo. Only time will tell if everyone’s childhood gaming company will become more of a dominant force in the industry.


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